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Apple TV top cover metal plate - Thermal paste

A metal plate is attached to the inside of the top cover. The main PCB and other internal components mount directly to this plate. The Apple TV's CPU and GPU use this metal plate as a heatsink. This photo show the thermal paste that remained on the plate after lifting away the main PCB.

Unless you can replace it prior to reassembling the Apple TV, do not remove this paste.

Photo by: Bill Detwiler / TechRepublic

Caption by: Bill Detwiler


Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...