Removing your Heatspreader

Preparation

Preparation

There is a lot of prep work to be done, before removing your IHS. You need to first confirm your heatsink can be used with an IHS'less cpu. Because the overall height of the CPU is going to be reduced, most heatsinks that use a retention bracket of some sort will not make proper contact.



Something like the image above will occur, when the heatsink is just above the core but not making contact. This can kill your CPU alone. If you have a bolt-down style heatsink like the Thermaltake Big Typhoon, you're ok. All you have to do is tighten the bolt's down a bit further to make up for the IHS. If you have a heatsink that doesn't use screws or bolts to mount, but uses a bracket instead, you will need to modify it. It's quite simple. All you'll need is some sand paper and a lot of time. If you have a dremel tool or a bench grinder this will be much easier.


Modifying your rentention module

Most heatsinks out there use a retention bracket of some sort to mount. If you unscrew the bracket from the board, you will see there are four pegs on the bottom of it that stick out. You will need to sand these off. You might also have to sand down around the screw hole on the bottom too if there is plastic that sticks out. Basically you want the mounting bracket flat on the bottom. If you're worried about fudging your mounting bracket, or you want to buy an extra, you can always purchase a replacement here for a few dollars. When I modified my Thermalright XP-90 bracket, I used a bench grinder. Here's what mine looked like afterwards.



Pretty much flat. Could be flatter, but I'll fix that another time. For now, it'll work fine. Once you've modified your retention module, you will need to gather the required tools for removing the IHS.

The Necessary Tools

To remove your IHS, you'll need the following.

  • New Razor Blade
  • Electrical Tape
  • Foam (preferably stiffer foam)
  • Thermal Paste
  • Paper towels or rag

You can use pretty much any razor blade, just make sure it's extremely thin, and extremely sharp. The electrical tape is to cover the other side of the blade if you have a double sided one, and or to mark off how far to go into the IHS. Typically you want to go in about 4-6mm. You can judge by the pics of my processor how thick the epoxy is. It's best to be safe and go around 2-3 times with the blade, vs trying to get it done in one trip around. Anyway, the Foam is to set the processor on if needed, to make sure you keep those nine-hundred and thirty nine pins safe!! Thermal paste, self explanatory. Paper towel or a rag to clean off the CPU and or IHS. Now let's pop that IHS!!
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Most Recent Comments

14-09-2005, 08:32:02

mbmapit44
Ok guys getting idle/load temps of 31/42 respectively on this 4800 X2. My question is will it help much if i remove the heatspreader???Quote

14-09-2005, 08:41:50

Rockindaveuk
It'll help a little, a few degrees at max but is it worth risking damaging the chip for that?Quote

14-09-2005, 09:30:31

GoLLuM4444
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rockindaveuk'
It'll help a little, a few degrees at max but is it worth risking damaging the chip for that?
Yes. .

You can get shigsy to do it - he's coordinated.Quote

14-09-2005, 10:02:54

Master_G
Lol, i would rather upgrade my cooling than remove the IHS, the amount you will gain varies from chip to chip, i have seen some with really poor IHS contact where they gain 5-10C, others have fairly good contact and you only gain 2-3C.

If it is worth it is down to you, it's only money after all if you damage it

GQuote

14-09-2005, 16:37:28

rra
What about remove put decent layer ceramic paste and reseal which is what I want to do but what does one use to reseal anyone know???Quote

14-09-2005, 16:53:50

SAS91
Not a post to say do or dont do it, however if you do plz take pics...wanna see what a dual core looks like without a IHS.Quote

14-09-2005, 19:27:54

Warlord Shigs
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoLLuM4444
Yes. .

You can get shigsy to do it - he's coordinated.
Yeh as Gollum knows ive jus taken a ihs (ad 2 give ihs 2 a mate) off a brand new fx57 which i will be puttin up for sale soon....

my advise 2 you would be take your time as its ur first go at it, and make sure u dnt cut 2 deep otherwise u will take off a surface resistor

shigsQuote

14-09-2005, 22:30:04

Kamz
yeap i cut to deep once and took some resistors off an old athlon 3200 CG, but lucky for me the cpu still booted and worked fine, temps were not that much of an improvement thou.Quote

15-09-2005, 06:19:52

stocky
That sounds all a bit risky for a couple of degrees! Good luck if you go ahead! Quote

15-09-2005, 11:27:37

maverik-sg1
Hello?

WE ARE EXTREME PROMETEIA - not cautious prommies!!

Take it to the max my friend and go forward and remove that IHS - if you PM Shigsy - he will remove it for ya (at a very reasonable price).

The temp difference of a few degrees can be teh differnece between a good overclock and a great overclock.

GET EXTREME!!

MavQuote

15-09-2005, 12:00:43

nick25
Have you removed your IHS then Mav?Quote

15-09-2005, 12:06:40

maverik-sg1
Thats an interesting question - the answer to which right now is no - but I feel that shigsy will be removing it in the near future.

Cheers

MavQuote

15-09-2005, 12:08:17

Warlord Shigs
Quote:
Originally Posted by maverik-sg1
Thats an interesting question - the answer to which right now is no - but I feel that shigsy will be removing it in the near future.

Cheers

Mav


if u have a X2 cpu then removing the ihs is pretty much a MUST, ppl ave reported up2 10-13c drop in loaded temps!!!Quote

15-09-2005, 16:50:18

nick25
Yeah I don't think its worth removing Mav. It seems to be a problem with the X2's.Quote

15-09-2005, 17:30:49

maverik-sg1
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='nick25'
Yeah I don't think its worth removing Mav. It seems to be a problem with the X2's.
Problem for X2's I dont understand - do you mean X2's will benefit more?

A few degrees extra could be the difference between tumbling records and also rans - as the EPUK coach (and top bencher at present) it's only right to be as extreme as I can be with the resources I have - success is good for the team, failure is not an option.

MavQuote

15-09-2005, 17:35:33

Warlord Shigs
Quote:
Originally Posted by maverik-sg1
Problem for X2's I dont understand - do you mean X2's will benefit more?

A few degrees extra could be the difference between tumbling records and also rans - as the EPUK coach (and top bencher at present) it's only right to be as extreme as I can be with the resources I have - success is good for the team, failure is not an option.

Mav
wat mavs sayin is right, every degree helps tbh! especially when goin for those extra bench stable mhz!

and also imma be back in the game within the next 2weeks, try take down some air coolin WRs, gonna be goin for 600core on air on a single 7800gtx

wats the current ep-uk record for a single 7800gtx on 3dmark03 and 05 regardless of coolin?

shigsQuote

16-09-2005, 06:59:30

maverik-sg1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Warlord Shigs
back in the game within the next 2weeks, try take down some air coolin WRs, gonna be goin for 600core on air on a single 7800gtx

wats the current ep-uk record for a single 7800gtx on 3dmark03 and 05 regardless of coolin?

shigs
See here for details Shigsy mate.

MavQuote
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