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i have heard of people taking the heat spreader off of the processor for better heat transfer, how safe is this and is it benefical?
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Originally Posted by Brando_21 View Post
i have heard of people taking the heat spreader off of the processor for better heat transfer, how safe is this and is it benefical?
It can be pretty unsafe if you don't know what your doing.

For some it is relatively easy. CPUs that are not soldered to their heatspreaders *like some E4300s for example* just have a glob of paste making it easier to remove...

But if it's soldered *which most are* the process involves wedging something under the sides of the heatspreader, applying some force, and getting a blow torch to heat up the heatspreader until the solder melts.
I think that is the basic process.

IMO not worth it with a fairly expensive CPU.
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If its for that opty, its not soldered on. It takes some care and precision. You dont want to cut in further than 4mm on the sides, and you have a little lee way on the corners.
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Here's a great IHS removal video for you.
  
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I used to cut all my A64 IHS's off before I started using a Pelt...Depending on the chip I've gotten from 3-7C off on temp's...Be careful if you do it and don't cut into the PCB around the core, its really pretty easy after you do it a time or two but anyone can screw one up to...I build up around the core with black electricians tape on 2 ends or RTV so my WB will sit flat on the core....
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