Originally Posted by GTRtank
So, I am thinking about going bare die. Is it alright for long term use? Anything I should know before I pull the trigger? Temp drops of what, 5-8c?
3 years naked here, I have learned a few things.
The naked advantage is non linear. At 1.2V I cant tell any real gains vs replacing the lid. At 1.5V it is 5C better. Dont use a copper block. It doesn't degrade or anything, but it stains the copper DEEP and the LM dries out faster than when mated to a plated block. WATCH THE DAMNED PINS! I destroyed a socket by not having the chip lined up properly and destroyed several pins. It iss much easier to destroy pins without a lid, because every time you go to reapply paste, the chip has to come all the way out, unlike a lidded chip that has the hold down.
I would say if you have an upper tier chip, and are not afraid of voltage, then naked is a great way to squeeze it for all its worth...but if you just have an average chip, and you are going to stay in the safe voltage range for the chip...then no, its not worth the hassle or the risk. Also, some of the newest Intel chips have a thinner PCB, making the potential for complications greater. If your chip is one of these with the thin PCB, ask some of the guys doing more recent dellids about proper mount. EKs naked kit is cheap and easy to install.
All this is my experience, and I have in no fashion done extensive testing, its all anecdotal evidence from running my 3570k naked under a couple different EK blocks. It has been running 5.0 at 1.35 for its whole life, save for the few ventures into the 1.5V bench sessions.
I love running naked...here is an Intel Burn Test run at 1.528, never even broke 70C with a 23C ambient, and its STABLE!