Unlocking Silver Epoxy For AMD CPU's
Product: Unlocking Silver Epoxy
CrazyPC Price: $9.99
Date Reviewed: April 7, 2001
Reviewed By: Jason
The Need For A Better Solution:
In the quest for overclocking an Athlon or Duron, the first step
is to always "unlock" the CPU by reconnecting the L1 bridges. Most
people (including myself) simply use a pencil to reconnect these bridges. The
problem with using a pencil is that sometimes the connections can start to fail
after a while and you have to take off your heat sink and re-pencil them again.
Not a big deal, but a pain nonetheless. One early solution that I saw was some
$24 "Trace Tape" (3 pieces of tape per packet) which looked nothing
more to me than little strips of metal on a piece of tape. Then I thought to
myself, "Self, why couldn't I just put a piece of tape over the
penciled L1 bridges?" And that's exactly what I did.
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Nothing fancy, just a normal little piece of scotch tape that I
cut with some scissors to fit. I also used a pair of tweezers to hold the tape
so I wouldn't get my fingerprints all over it. One thing that I was worried
about was the tape possibly melting or something, but I ran it for a couple
weeks before pulling it off and the tape was just fine, no sticky mess or
anything. So there is an easy solution that literally costs pennies.
Yet Even A Better Solution:
offers something that I think is even a better solution than just a simple piece
of tape. They sell an AMD Unlocking Silvery Epoxy kit, which only cost $9.99 and
contains enough epoxy in one kit to unlock literally dozens of CPU's. Of course
you can always use the epoxy for other things too like fixing broken PCB traces
and such. The kit comes complete with everything you need except for a clothes
pin to apply it with.
||The following is included:
- Instruction Sheet
- 2 Epoxy syringes (parts A & B)
- Alcohol wipe
- Protective glove
- Application spreader
- Mixing stick
The instructions were very complete providing a step-by-step
procedure. Basically the epoxy is mixed in equal parts, and you only need a
small amount, I tried to use about a grain of rice size for each part, which
turned out to be way more than enough. The plastic card that you mix the epoxy
on is about the size of a credit card, and the surface is very slick.
After I was done, I simply took a paper towel and wiped the excess off the card
and then it was perfectly clean for use later.
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