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is removing the heat spreader off the actual processor itself a bad idea? in a post it said this could reduce temps 5C if you remove the plate...........also if people recommend it, how do you do it anyway..........i don't want to just blindly try to rip it off, thanks for your comments
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You would need a razor blade
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It is possible to remove the IHS from opterons and yes you do get a better contact with the chip die. It is fairly easy to do. You need to obtain a old fashioned razor blade, the type that are flat and very thin.

Once you have performed the "Beheading" Just be very careful when reseating your heatsink as the edges of the die can be very easily crushed so do at your own peril

But as you say, as seen on another overclocking site people have managed to drop temps by around 5 deg C and/or squeeze another 200mhz or so out of their chips.

Try this link which explains in much more detail about the procedure

http://www.dfi-street.com/forum/showthread.php?t=40207
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oh it says there you can't use the stock heatsink or any other type of "clip-on" heatsink like the zalmanns huh? guess i'm out of luck, i'm going to download the tutorial video just for the hell of it anyway........
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post #5 of 15
All im going to say is becareful as once the DIE is exposed its very delicate so becarefull when re-seating the heatsink.
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hhmm, just wondering, what is the "point" of the heat spreader if you can get better temps without it anyway, is it just a way of protecting the processor basically? since it seems to hinder temp reducing from all the posts at DFI forums
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hhmm, just wondering, what is the "point" of the heat spreader if you can get better temps without it anyway, is it just a way of protecting the processor basically? since it seems to hinder temp reducing from all the posts at DFI forums
Well the Explanation is in its name ''Heatspreader'' it distributes the heat equally ontop of the Cpu's surface for better contact with the heatsink for better and faster heat dissapation and yes it protects the CPU die also. But i will agree with you that the IHS sometimes creates more heat compared to if you took it off.
post #8 of 15
I probably i imagine its to cut down the number of RMA's as well. (prob to make those useless stock coolers more efficient as well)

The old Athlon XP chips used to have a bare DIE but the cooling back then was nothing like having a XP90c bolted to a bare core
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post #9 of 15
DO IT AT YOUR OWN RISK

If the standard spreader is good enough for AMD then it is good enough for me.
If you are still keen the go ahead but it is like a little helmet that protects the goods. It is not going to make that much difference surely, I run a TEC and have about an extra 3mm or more before it gets near the die and it is all good. Taking it off in my opinion is good and bad, if you are extreme and can afford to do this then go ahead but with my cooling it would not be viable.
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post #10 of 15
The heatspreader would be a very good idea if you are running a Peltier
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