Shims, or spacers as some like to call them, have become very
popular among the Intel/AMD crowd. These thin slabs of copper
help to evenly distribute hit from the CPU to the heatsink,
and also serve double purpose as a preventative measure cutting
down on the breakage of cores (mainly among AMD CPUs). The copper
shim used in this review was from nerdsbyte,
and is specifically designed for AMD Socket A processors.
The shim is fairly easy to install, simply situate it in the
correct position over the AMD processor, and then place your
heatsink/fan on top. Duh, but you already knew that right?
does it cool?
If you're thinking about buying one of these to cool your CPU
even more, don't. In our tests the copper shim was only able
to lower the temp about 1-2 degrees C, hardly worth spending
the $13 on, especially if you're buying it for that reason alone.