EXTREME Overclocking
Home | Reviews | EOC Forums | File Downloads | RealTime Pricing Engine | Folding Stats Contact Us

Copper Shims

Company: TweakMonster, OCZ, CPUFX
Product:
TweakMonster Copper Shims
Street Price: Around $10 USD
Date Reviewed: March 13, 2001
Reviewed By: Jason Rabel

More Shims?:

If you haven't read my previous review of the CPUFX copper shims, I'll tell you now I was quite disappointed with them. The CPUFX brand are made from stamping the shape from a sheet of copper, not the best method for tight tolerances. Another webmaster told me about the TweakMonster line of copper shims, and how theirs were much better quality. So I contacted Ross, aka the TweakMonster, and he agreed to send me a couple samples. Around the same time I was talking to OCZ and they offered to send me one of their copper shims too. Well, to make a long story short, after receiving both the shims, I discovered the OCZ shims are made by TweakMonster (And now the TweakMonster website lists them as one of the places to buy TweakMonster shims).

 

How Do You Measure These?:

Having two shims from the same manufacturer but from different suppliers is good in this case because this way I can check for consistency from two random samples. But how do you measure such a thin piece of copper with a high degree of accuracy? Well, I happen to have a dial caliper which is accurate to .001" (one thousandth of an inch), which I can use to measure the thickness of the shims. Then I can compare those numbers to the specifications of the height of the core for Intel & AMD (which is also given in thousandths of an inch). Obviously you want the shims to be slightly lower than the height of the core, to insure good heat sink contact, but not too thin to render them useless. Below is a picture of my dial caliper, with a close-up of the dial.

 

CNC What?:

TweakMonster uses a CNC machine to mill these wonderful copper shims. If you don't know what CNC means, then check out the TweakMonster's explanation on the subject. Basically a CNC machine is a milling machine controlled by a computer, this gives highly accurate cutting and perfect consistency. They actually arrived in perfect condition, but the oil from my fingers tarnished them, so I had to use a scuff pad to clean off the fingerprints so they would look decent when I photographed them.

 

Contiune To Page 2 -->

 

Most Downloaded Files
Recently Added Files
Compare Prices On Top Brands!
Search:
For:

Intel Processors
Core i7 - Haswell
i7-4770K  i7-4771  i7-4790  i7-4770  i7-4790S  i7-4770S

Core i5 - Haswell
i5-4670K  i5-4690  i5-4690S  i5-4590S  i5-4570  i5-4460  i5-4590  i5-4440S  i5-4430  i5-4440

Core i3 - Haswell
i3-4340  i3-4370  i3-4350  i3-4360  i3-4330  i3-4130T  i3-4160  i3-4130  i3-4150

AMD Processors
Vishera 8-Core AM3+
FX-9590  FX-9370  FX-8370  FX-8370E  FX-8350  FX-8320  FX-8320E

Vishera 6-Core AM3+
FX-6350  FX-6300

Kaveri 4-Core FM2+
A10-7850K  A10-7800  A10-7700K  A8-7600

Video Cards
nVidia GeForce GTX 900 Series
GTX 980  GTX 970  GTX 960

nVidia GeForce GTX 700 Series
GTX 780  GTX 760  GTX 750

AMD Radeon R9 Series
290X  290  285  280X  280  270X  270

AMD Radeon R7 Series
265  260X  250X  250  240

Search By Brand
ASUS  Diamond  eVGA  Gigabyte  MSI  PowerColor  PNY  Sapphire  Visiontek  XFX  Zotac

PC Memory
DDR3  DDR2  DDR

Motherboards
ASUS  ASRock  Biostar  ECS  eVGA  Foxconn  Gigabyte  Intel  MSI  Shuttle  Supermicro  Tyan 

Hard Drives & SSDs
Corsair  Crucial  Fujitsu  HGST  Intel  OCZ  Samsung  Sandisk  Seagate  Western Digital

Copyright ©2000-2016 EXTREME Overclocking. All rights reserved.
Disclaimer of Liability - Privacy Policy