Is it OK to use alcohol to wipe clean an Athlon CPU without a heat spreader?
Yes, the doctor has successfully cleaned many old spreaderless Athlon and Athlon XP CPUs using alcohol. It’s generally recommended that you use 99 percent isopropyl alcohol—or even better, use a CPU cleaner such as ArctiClean to get the job done. Remember, those old Athlons and Athlon XPs can be easily damaged since there’s nothing protecting the core, so don’t be too forceful.
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