How to remove thermal epoxy?

dexvx

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I actually have a whole bunch of other random stuff that's glued onto the heatsink:

2x GeForce 4 Ti 4600's (with 2 replacement heatsink/fans I ordered months ago)
2x Pentium classics, from my old computer in the 90s. I actually let one soak in 70% Alcohol for awhile and it did nothing.
 

gigaxtreme1

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Epoxy is a thermosetting plastic. It is resistant almost all solvents. Methylene chloride mearly softens the surfaces and areas of incomplete polymerization. I went to glue school, or was school on glue?
 

dawsonkm

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Most non grease TIM between the heatsink and chip is Phase change material. Its wax and will soften with heat. It does "bond" very well.
 
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