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