Removing your Heatspreader

Preparation

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.



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

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
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