Removing your Heatspreader

Popping the IHS

Popping the IHS

I, nor is responsible for anything that may happen to you or your CPU, in any way. This can kill your CPU if you're not careful.

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

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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