Removing your Heatspreader
Published: 6th May 2006 | Source: Overclock3D |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.
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.
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!!