Removing your Heatspreader



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

02-09-2005, 09:37:24

You can't really blame him - he's just out to make money - not to be popular in the overclocking world.

02-09-2005, 09:45:16

i doubt he's very popular at all, damn im prettier than that. but yea he is a good gamer what do oyu expect with like 8 hours gaming every day.

04-09-2005, 10:02:00

People i know that have seen him at compos say he's like a machine, all the others get drunk, have a laugh etc, whereas he just stays in his room all day gaming.
I wish he would just stop trying to make boards great by sticking LEDs on them lol. Red messes up my blue cathodes. :p
Back OT, how's the project fatty? Got any pics? What compressors you got lined up for this? You using r507 and CO2?
I love ghetto coolers.


04-09-2005, 14:34:13

Bloody christ, anyone not living in Britains weather who spends more than 8 hours a day inside needs to be shot, there is more to life than computers!(don't kill me!)

That and he'll be buggered if anything happens to his hands, I give it about a month before we read he has insured his hands for a million on The Inquirer!

04-09-2005, 14:38:21

Agreed...if I felt obliged to spend that long at the computer to stay on top of my game, I`d get very bored, very quick

On Topic...Fattys away for a bit, so detailed info on his cascade will have to wait :)

04-09-2005, 14:49:16


That and he'll be buggered if anything happens to his hands, I give it about a month before we read he has insured his hands for a million on The Inquirer!

MM's got a pair of pliers and a hammer, now where does he live, America? pfft screw that.

30-09-2005, 21:14:59

Good luck with the cascade. Why dont you guys write to him and explain how to make a propper OC'ing system and remind him barbie was always more popular :P

01-10-2005, 03:13:20

Back on topic small hiccup with my cascade while I was away the units containing my 1hp compressors got removed from sight so now I need some new ones I have my fridge mates keeping an eye out for me so soon I hope

off topic the wendy board is pretty poo I need to re install my new dfi

01-10-2005, 05:34:26

Go Green mate....Epox is the way ;)

01-10-2005, 10:34:36

what did i tell you fatty mate? your choice is simple hardcore dfi or a mean green overclocking machine epox.

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