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    How to solder aluminum to copper!

    Well I had a cooler master PIV HS lying around here and a bunch of copper 3/8" stock. I cut out a area the size of the aluminum HS and then proceded to solder it to the copper.

    The first thing I did was go and get some aluminum to copper solder which I could not get to melt on my stove

    So I went and tried the flux they sent with the aluminum solder with regular silver bearing solder. Well for some reason the flux on the aluminum with the silver solder worked and it stuck. I then proceeded to paint the whole base of my aluminum HS with the solder until it was well coated. I then let it cool to see how well it was stuck to the aluminum. It was stuck on good it seemed!

    I then took the copper plate and did the same thing with it. I painted the whole surface with solder but with flux first. It took naturally and looked like the third pic in this picturial!



    I then stuck the two together with pressure on my stove until it stuck and then I was done with it.

    Here is a prelim pic before I cleaned it up sanded it up nice and shiny! I have not tried it yet on a cpu but I may in a few days to tell how well it works.



    That is a 80mm fan attatched on top of it!

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    Nice work, ol' man!

    I have a FOP-32 heatsink at home and some copper/aluminium soldering stuff (used to solder marine propeller blades onto aluminium prop bosses!) so might give that a go this summer. I'll also do what Todd a did; bend the fins out to fit an 80mm fan. Is 3/8" about the right thickness for the base?

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    agreed. looks pretty damn good. nice work. how does that thing attch to the board? i see no slot for the clip what u gonna use it on?

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    Originally posted by dfgsd:
    agreed. looks pretty damn good. nice work. how does that thing attch to the board? I see no slot for the clip what u gonna use it on?
    Hehe that is me next project. I think it is going to involve a skil saw and a metal cutting blade I will then use the common attachment intel has for their tualatin chips. it is a very well designed
    clip.

    The big question is will it beat out my pal 6035? If it does then that is where this will go!


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    Well I got it on my chip right now and it seems to be working very well. A little better than my pal 6035 by maybe 4 deg. C.

    Here are some temps.




    Here are some pics of my modded alpha pal 6035 with a 3/8" slug soldered to it.





    And a pic of the modded cooler master PIV HS with a 3/8" slug soldered onto it!



    After I get the clip done I am going to put this into my machine and lap the base alot better. Should maybe get another drop 1~2 deg. C then also.

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    My C/W's for this range from .26 to .29 depending on ambient. My pal is around .32 C/W.

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    Ok Ol'Man...I broke out the aluminum welding flux and some old aluminum and copper pieces to see what I could do.
    Excellent ! now you got the wheels turning here...thinking waterblocks! heh.
    The gas stove works great, but mrs crane is gonna be pissed about the solder under the burner.
    That flux you use , is it a white powder? mix it with H2o ,apply to area...heat till it liquifies? good chit here.

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    I thaught it couldn't be done. Man, the FOP32-1 I use that I mod'd to fit an 80mm fan works great, but a copper heatspreader would just ROCK for use with those pesky little Athlon cores.

    I would likely use a thinner peice. As it is just a heatspreader, I think a 1/8" peice should do the trick. If you want to see the mod you need to check out my GeoCities photo page (I wish I could link pictures like you used to to, damb Yahoo).
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    No you want to use 1/4" or better for optimum heat spreading other wise the performence goes down alot!

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