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Intel's Core i9-10900K is a beastly processor that flexes 10 physical CPU cores and 20 threads clocked at 3.7GHz to 5.3GHz, along with 20MB of Smart Cache, all wrapped in a package with a 125W TDP. Our review of the Core i9-10900K covered usage temps and overclocking performance when paired with an ASUS Maximus XII Hero WiFi motherboard and Corsair H80i v2 all-in-one liquid cooler. That's not exactly a pedestrian setup. Nevertheless, there is always a push in the enthusiast community to take things further, and one way to do that is by delidding. Delidding is the process of ripping off the integrated heatspreader (IHS), which is the large hunk of metal that sets on top of the CPU. It's there... Read more...
German overclocker and enthusiast Roman "der8auer" Hartung has successfully delidded a couple of AMD's latest generation Ryzen Threadripper processors, including the 3970X and 3960X. He then cleaned them up, applied thermal paste, and was successful in getting them to boot into Windows and run through Cinebench, though there were some hitches along the way. Before we get into all that, let's discuss the two Threadripper processors der8auer put under the knife, Both are based on AMD's Zen 2 CPU architecture. The Threadripper 3970X is the higher-end of the two, with 32 cores and 64 threads clocked at 3.7GHz to 4.5GHz, and 144MB of L2+L3 cache. As for the Threadripper 3960X, it sports 24 cores and... Read more...
We've got some good news for hardcore PC enthusiasts that have resorted to delidding their Intel processors in order to achieve more robust overclocking results. According to fresh reports, Intel has decided to use solder between the integrated heat spreader (IHS) and the die on the upcoming Core i9-9900K and other 9th generation Core processors instead of the usual thermal compound. Enthusiasts often turn to delidding to apply a more efficient thermal compound or to get more direct contact when going crazy with more serious cooling methods. German publication Golem.de first brought attention to Intel's decision to use solder, and other sources are claiming to have received... Read more...
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. Once he was able to scrape off the Indium... Read more...
There are some interesting things to be discovered when removing the integrated heatspreader (IHS) from a processor, a delicate and dangerous (to the CPU) process known as delidding. For example, you might uncover so called 'dummy dies' as famed overclocker der8auer did when delidding a Threadripper 1950X processor. More recently, someone delidded an Intel Core i7-8700K processor and found a slightly elongated die. HKEPC posted pics of the delidded chip on the site's Facebook page. In doing so, we can see that the die area is the same width as a Kaby Lake processor, such as the Core i7-7700K (a fan favorite), but noticeably longer. Here is a look at the delidded Core i7-8700K next to a naked... Read more...
When someone who is experienced in their field issues a warning not to do something, it is a good idea to heed the warning. In this instance, renowned overclocker Der8auer posted a video explaining how to rip the integrated heat spreader (IHS) off an AMD Ryzen 7 1700 processor. The process is known as "delidding" and it is popular among extreme overclockers and enthusiasts because it allows them to remove and replace the stock thermal interface material (TIM) with a higher quality paste and use direct die cooling. However, there are a couple of reasons why Der8auer strongly recommends against doing this on a Ryzen CPU. The first reason he gives is that it is a difficult process, more so than... Read more...