AMD Ryzen 5 2600 Zen+ Processor Delidded By Famed Overclocker der8auer

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Earlier this month, AMD officially released its second-generation Ryzen processors, which are based on a refined 12nm Zen+ architecture. Professional overclocker der8auer has already shown us that the processors have some huge overclocking potential, and he attempted to further exploit this good fortune by delidding a Ryzen 5 2600.

As is typically the case when der8auer puts processors on the operating table, he coaxed the processor's heat spreader up to a temperature of around 180 degrees, after which he was able to pop the lid off. A temperature range of 170 to 180 degrees is where Indium melts, which is the solder that AMD uses on its processors.

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Once he was able to scrape off the Indium solder, he decided to replace it with a high-performance liquid metal thermal interface material. Now with the modifications complete on his Ryzen 5 2600, der8auer affixed a Kraken X62 CPU cooler and jacked the core up to 4.1GHz at 1.35V. For reference, the standard Ryzen 5 2600 has a base clock of 3.4GHz.

Running Cinebench R15, the stock Ryzen 5 2600 measured 64 degrees Celsius at 4.1GHz with the Kraken X62. In delidded form, the processor registered 60 degrees. While 4 degrees is notable, der8auer concedes that your average enthusiast shouldn't risk potentially destroying their processor for a few measly degrees. However, if you’re brave enough to attempt this procedure, it can also be used on both Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 7 2000 series processors.

For more extreme overclocks, you might want to check out der8auer's journey with the Ryzen 7 2700X. He was able to take the processor up to 6,009.34MHz using liquid nitrogen.