Removing your Heatspreader

Popping the IHS

Popping the IHS

I, nor OC3D.net 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

14-09-2005, 08:41:50

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

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

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


14-09-2005, 16:37:28

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

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

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