Originally Posted by Zikofski
okay the XSPC mount has no limit i could mount it strait to the MB pcb if i liked, only thing i will need to remove is the metal bracket around the CPU, after that i am sure i can get to the die but i shall see when i experiment but yes isolating the VRM's is an issue any paste will do then i guess? i was thinking of a thermal pad, i have spare ones left over from my XSPC full gpu that i could use, i also seen that someone used electrical tape to secure the CPU to the mb is this wise? or even needed?
At this point, I would recommend not going direct die. You also have to remove the clamping mechanism of your mobo, so there is nothing holding the chip but your cooler cold plate. If you accidentally put too much pressure on the chip you can damage it, and you will only get a few c better. Focus on delidding successfully, and getting a good mount with your cooler to the IHS. If, later on, you want to go direct die then you can look at that.
The reason people don’t use liquid metal TIMs between their cooler and the IHS is because they can dry and harden over time which makes cleaning them a large chore. You will get a few c better than a standard paste, but a standard paste takes 30 seconds to clean up while Ultra can take an hour to get it all off the IHS and your cooler. I use Ultra everywhere on my chips, but I like to warn people about the trouble they will have if they need to clean it up later.
Originally Posted by Rognin
Damn, I didn't put anything on the VRM's and everything is mounted now and I have no more CLU.
I'm thinking it may not be that bad since the board is mounted in an FT02 so the VRM's are on the top side of the die...
OP: Sorry for the highjack.
We don’t yet know what will happen if any CLU get on the exposed VRMs on a Haswell chip. If you don’t have any more CLU I am not sure what you can do right now but hope it is not a problem. There may be enough still there where you can just smooth out the application. You would need to clean the VRMs then cover them with something safe.