Delid your CPU

Antony Leather shows you how to delid your CPU and re­place the in­ter­nal ther­mal paste to re­duce tem­per­a­tures

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We show you got to re­place the in­ter­nal ther­mal paste in an In­tel CPU and mas­sively re­duce its tem­per­a­ture.

In­tel’s choice to use ther­mal paste in­stead of sol­der for the join be­tween the CPU die and heat­spreader has been a bone of con­tention since the Ivy Bridge days. It’s a sit­u­a­tion that soon re­sulted in en­thu­si­asts delid­ding their CPUs fol­low­ing re­ports of high tem­per­a­tures, and ap­ply­ing their own su­pe­rior ther­mal paste, re­sult­ing in dra­matic re­duc­tions in load tem­per­a­tures.

Since then, se­ri­ous over­clock­ers have reg­u­larly delid­ded their CPUs, and with In­tel’s Kaby Lake-X and Sky­lake-X CPUs all now us­ing ther­mal paste rather than sol­der, delid­ding is about to be­come even more com­mon. In this guide, we show you how to do it your­self us­ing a va­ri­ety of tools, while also tak­ing you through the process of ap­ply­ing ther­mal paste un­der­neath the heat­spreader and re-at­tach­ing your heat­spreader. Hope­fully, your ef­forts will be re­warded with a big drop in tem­per­a­tures and pos­si­bly even some ex­tra overclocking head­room.

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