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Running an Ivy Bridge CPU without the IHS?

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So a lot of people are delidding their Ivys and replacing the thermal paste and then putting it back together, but I was wondering about the possibilities of running my 3570K (or any other Ivy, for that matter) without the IHS at all. As in, mounting the heatsink straight on the CPU die. This seems to have been popular back in the day and I've tried to search for some reliable results/reviews for doing this on Ivys, but no luck yet. I suppose it would require some changes to the heatsink as well, so that it would reach down all the way to the die.

Does anyone know more about the subject?
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I don't know but most mobile processors doesn't have an Integrated heat spreader, so I assume it would work. Just make sure thermal paste cover the WHOLE die.



On the right, an ivy bridge mobile CPU ( i7-3610QM ) without an IHS.

Hope that helps.

Good luck smile.gif
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I don't know but most mobile processors doesn't have an Integrated heat spreader, so I assume it would work. Just make sure thermal paste cover the WHOLE die.

On the right, an ivy bridge mobile CPU ( i7-3610QM ) without an IHS.
Hope that helps.
Good luck smile.gif

Ah, that's interesting information, thanks! I indeed don't see why it shouldn't work. As long as it's not a 1kg copper brick you put on top of the die. But the question is, to void or not to void. Would make my mind more at ease about it if I saw someone else doing this successfully. You'd think a lot of true OCers would have done this for the ultimate results.
Edited by Calade - 9/13/12 at 7:57am
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I'm interested in doing this as well, but I don't have the correct water block to do it.
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I'm interested in doing this as well, but I don't have the correct water block to do it.

Do you think some waterblock/heatsink would be able to do this without mods?
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There are plenty of people that cut the IHS off and replace it with a higher quality TIM.
The results are good enough after replacing the thermal paste.
I wouldn't bother with this mod unless overclocking and getting near peak temps, or getting one core significantly hotter than the others.

Sometimes the mounts for the heatsink are too tall to run without the IHS, but for most, you should be able to. be careful not to scratch the surface of the chip with the TIM, as it may be slightly abrasive.
Also make sure to use non-conductive TIM
    
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I'm interested in doing this as well, but I don't have the correct water block to do it.

Is there any specific waterblock designed for this ? I am not sure there is.
I plan on delidding mine as well and from what others have done, any waterblock without too much of a bow should work.
Someone has managed to do it with a Raystorm for example.
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