Originally Posted by MikeG Is it possible to remove the IHS altogether?
Yes, my waterblock is directly mounted to my CPU die. I think there are a few others here with similar setups.The IHS have a certain thickness, will the heatsink still be touching the CPU without the IHS?
Some heatsinks such as the stock Intel heatsink that have a fixed height will not make contact with the die. You need to have a waterblock or heat sink where you can adjust the height.If the IHS is used, does the Coolaboratory Pro bond the heatsink to the IHS so that it's difficult to remove?
I've only been using CLP for a couple months, but have experimented with different mounts, and never had a problem. The CLP remained liquid and the IHS easily removed. I have read that it "hardens" over time, but I don't think so much so that it is difficult to separate the two surfaces. The only problem with CLP is that it is hard to completely wipe it off of metal surfaces. If you wish to remove all remaining residue, the manufacturer recommends using metal polish. People are going to throw stones at me for saying this, but I have successfully used "Weiman" metal polish several times without any ill effects. Here is a link to the manufacturer's instuctions: http://www.coollaboratory.com/pdf/manual_liquid_pro_englisch.pdf
I tried PK-1, but had better results with CLP.
^^^ Great info, and well presented ! On running the CPU die 'naked' (that is without IHS altogether), I'm seriously thinking about it as I'm about to reassemble my system following the addition of a custom-WC loop..The IHS was originally already a bit crooked BEFORE delidding
, now it is quite crooked the other way AFTER the delidding
(circumstances included blood via slipped razor blade, bad light, way too much espresso at 4 am...). It works great now re temps, but as long as i don't use too much force with the water block tightening procedure, I think it is worth a try to run the die naked. While the temp gain will probably be very marginal, there is no way the IHS can be crooked on the die if I am not running an IHS
...on CLP / CLU, I find that CLU beats CLP by just a fraction temp wise (I know others had the reverse the results; depends I guess on application and other custom factors). The one big advantage I like about CLU is that it is easier to clean off