Originally Posted by Bajawah
What is the feeling on direct to chip cooling anyway?
I took the top off my ivy, like a year ago so I have not been around to see any developments.
...just speaking for myself, once you decide to delid, the 'running naked' option is almost a natural conclusion, though there are 'pros' and 'cons'.
Running without the IHS seems to save folks anywhere from 1 C to over 5 C in temps, but the greatest difficulty was always in getting the alignment 'right' (i.e. perfectly flat), and then the torquing down / pressure right for the CPU pin contact...the EK stand-offs seem to take care of that, though there are other (more expensive) solutions, such as machining the outside edges of your CPU block in order to keep the CPU latch mechanism on the board.
I may yet opt for running IHS-less, but frankly don't have a temp issue anymore anyways...besides, the IHS, if mounted correctly (also in regards to concave / convex issues) can do exactly what it is supposed to do - that is spread the heat, rather like the cylinder head w/extra fins on an air-cooled motorcycle engine.