Removing your Heatspreader

Mounting your Heatsink, Troubleshooting, & Conclusion

Mounting Up

If you've got a retention bracket style heatsink, mount the heatsink in the retention bracket when the retention bracket isn't on the mobo. Install your CPU, and slide the mounting bracket screws into the bracket. Set the heatsink & bracket assembly down on the CPU and screw the bracket down in a back and forth pattern to apply even pressure. If you do not do this, you might put un-even pressure on the CPU core.



This may cause the core to crack. This can kill your CPU, so make sure you screw down the bracket with the heatsink in it. If you have a bolt-down style heatsink, feel free to mount as you usually do. Don't be afraid to tighten the screws down fairly tight. A loose heatsink can be deadly too. Once you've mounted the heatsink, fire up your rig and be amazed at your temps.


Troubleshooting

Q: My PC doesn't post after successfully following this guide.
A: It is most likely because your CPU is not getting proper contact. Uninstall your heatsink and make sure there is contact (thermal paste will be spread where the core was.)

Q: My temp's are higher after removing my IHS than before
A: You may not have tightened down your heatsink enough, or your retention bracket isn't flat enough on the bottom. If both are perfect, your socket cam may be taller than your core. The cam is the part that says Socket 939 on it. You may need to sand it down a bit to get proper contact.

Q: Are there any other alternative methods of removing the IHS?
A:
None worth mentioning in my opinion. Some people say to use dental floss but I think this is more dangerous, as your pins could be bent more easily this way.

Q: I broke a capacitor off of the top of my CPU when removing my IHS, is it safe to use the CPU still?
A: In most cases, it will be fine. It might hinder overclocking, or the chip might be dead, but in most cases it seems like the chip survives and act's just as it had before.

Q: I cut into the CPU's PCB, will the CPU be OK?
A: Depending on how deep the cut was, no. You most likely cut small electrical traces inside the PCB. You can still try to fire up the rig with the CPU in it but if it doesn't post, you cut some traces.

Q: I chipped my core attempting to mount my heatsink. Will the CPU be ok?
A: Depending on the size of the chip, it should be just fine.

Q: I bent a few pins when removing the IHS, can I bend these back?
A: Yes, it is best to use a 0.5mm mechanical pencil tip to do so. Be careful and bend them slowly or you might snap one off.

Q: Is removing the IHS ideal when running a watercooled rig?
A: Absolutely, more so than with air cooling.

Q: Is removing the IHS ideal when running a rig cooled with a pelt, or phase change?
A:
No, you're taking a large risk of cracking the core in these cases.


Conclusion

I hope you all enjoyed this guide. Feel free to post in the thread with any questions, etc. On a scale from 1-10, 10 being the hardest, I'd give this gude a 7/10, and I do not reccomend novice users try this.
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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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