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It is mandatory when installing an AMD processor to use some form of thermal interface material. This will help draw the heat out of the processor to the heatsink where the heat can be effectively dissipated. AMD Processor-In-a-Box (PIB) includes a validated heatsink and fan which comes with pre-applied thermal interface material; no additional thermal interface material is needed nor recommended by AMD for the provided heatsink and fan with PIB processors.

New thermal interface material must be applied each time the heatsink and fan are uninstalled from the processor.

AMD evaluates thermal interface materials for use with its processors. A list of suggested materials is provided in the table below.

Suggested Thermal Interface Materials


Manufacturer Interface Material Material Type Application
Bergquist TIC-3000 Grease Processor to heatsink
Shin Etsu G751 Grease Processor to heatsink
Shin Etsu X23-7762 Grease Processor to heatsink
Shin Etsu X23-7783D Grease Processor to heatsink
Thermoset, Lord CPD TC-350 Grease Processor to heatsink

Compatible Processors

Processor Family Socket Type
AMD Opteron™ 940, 939
AMD Dual-Core Opteron™ 940, 939
AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual-Core AM2, 939
AMD Athlon™ 64 FX AM2, 940, 939
AMD Athlon™ 64 AM2, 939, 754
AMD Sempron™ AM2, 754