Removing your Heatspreader

Popping the IHS

Popping the IHS

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Once you have all of your tools ready, and your CPU in front of you, start by finding the part of the black sticker that you can see next to your IHS.



It will stick out just far enough to see. This is where the epoxy is NOT applied, so you should be able to slip your blade in very easily. If you can not identify this, prod around a bit and find a soft spot in the epoxy. It's soft and gooey like, so you'll know when you've found the right spot.



I've found a soft spot in my epoxy. Now, grab the cpu and hold it so it forms a 90º angle between your desk and CPU. Start pushing down gently. Once you come to a corner, turn the knife into the epoxy to go around it nice. Keep going around until you've returned to the spot where you started. If you encounter a hard spot where the knife doens't want to budge along the way, come back to it later or try again with the knife pulled out more. If the knife is clearly not hitting a capacitor on the surface of the CPU, then feel free to give it a bit more oomph. Remember, you're doing this at your own risk.



Once you've gone around once or twice with the blade, if not more, and you're sure you've cut all of the epoxy, give the blade a little twist. You can see above, my IHS is starting to lift. Once you've lifted it a bit on one side, move on to the side across from that and give it a twist. It should pop right off. If not, twist and lift it a bit with your other hand, while twisting. If you're using a bit of force and it's still not coming off, take a trip around the CPU with the razor again, to make sure you've cut all of the epoxy.



Success!! You'll feel great afterwards if you've done it without breaking anything. It's easier than you think, trust me. Now that we've got the IHS off, let's mount the heatsink!!
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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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