380i mounting torque

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380i mounting torque

Postby maximiza » Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:06 am

hi, i have a 380i block inbound, i am double checking how tight do you make the mounting thumb screws? I have an asus rampage 4 extreme, the intel spec was 4-5 pounds of torque for the 2011 socket is that about right?

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Re: 380i mounting torque

Postby Izerous » Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:35 pm

I have never seen anyone use a torque wrench for something like this, especially since they are thumb screws with springs underneath. Tightening without bottoming out the springs and I'd be surprised if you had issues.
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Re: 380i mounting torque

Postby Blackbird » Tue Dec 24, 2013 12:44 pm

I just mounted 380I, and it seems like i did bottom out the springs because suddenly i couldn't tighten the thumb screws more. But i used very little force, how is it possible that such small force could cause any problems? It's impossible to know how hard you should tighten them.
What should i do now? Is my motherboard, CPU block, and/or CPU destroyed?

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Re: 380i mounting torque

Postby JuanPabloCuervo » Tue Aug 25, 2015 2:41 pm

With my CPU-350 I tight as much as possible without damage, and then I loosen the screws CCW a few turns, 5 turns equal each screw "or more".
If it's too tight the pin sockets on the board won't make good contact with the CPU, and computer will not boot, also board will bent, video card fan will spin at 100% indicating something is wrong.
If it's too loose will not cool as good as it should.

All depends on the thermal paste your are using...
Ic diamond it's too solid, needs a lot of pressure.
Antec formula 6 is smooth.
Antec Formula 7 it's on it's way here.
Ocz freeze becomes too dry and crackles with time.

Then I make sure Core temps are Ok with HWMonitor, as equal & low as possible.
If waterblock is not symmetric, two or more cores will be very different in temperature.
1° or 2°Celsius difference in one of the cores is acceptable.

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