Originally Posted by plywood99
To be honest there is no real bottleneck with the 920. It's a great unit in itself. I just wanted to expand it. The pump / block I find to be an amazing value, which is why I kept it in the system.
Chip is not delidded.
Honestly the only real issue I have with these Asetek units is the mounting mechanism. It's a shambles.
For you Expresso, find a decent aftermarket back plate. This will prevent motherboard warping and give you considerably more clamping pressure.
I can't state this enough. You have to actually try it and see the results.
Well, let me back up a bit. I'm not knowledgeable at all on the latest Intel socket, so I don't know if they still ship without a decent backplate or not.
However I do for a fact know that if you don't use a stiff backplate, like Antec... flimsy plastic tripe... You will warp your motherboard. This WILL decrease clamping pressure. Which WILL reduce performance.
The real gem of the 920 is the pump / block unit. With its programmability, and the fact that settings are stored in the pump, no need to keep the Chill Control software running.
It's a gem in the AIC world. Just add onto it and enjoy a nice full blown water cooling setup.
I would NOT delid. If you don't mind throwing away a cpu go for it. I did it many times myself back on my 939 platform. But if you want to resell or just for warranty reasons, I would live the IHS intact.
thanks , i have to say for me with this second unit i am using now , first i did a RMA , its working pretty decent overall , if i knew before hand about the back plate etc, i would have used gotten the parts i needed and used them with out even using the stock antec unit , but now its all done , i hate to have to remove that again at this moment , down the line maybe but i first need to find the right part that will work and get all the parts needed first , i dont want to take it apart to find out something i am missing or not correct just to have to put the stock back on ,,
also which was a pain to remove was the sticky tape which comes with the stock back plate , i had to remove that once already from the first unit , i am not looking to do that again unless i see my temps get worse for what ever reason , then i would take it apart to give it a shot ,, about the delid ,, looks pretty simple but i understand its a gamble , and with my luck i would end up killing it ,
i see later on if i can get the right parts needed for sure from someone with the same board chip etc, who has changed it out already , then i may give it a shot in the near future and just do the backplate , and new paste with out delid to see how much a difference that makes ,, turns out i lowered my temps some during normal usage and while idle with some change in my settings
my temps are about even with my liquid temps now during idle and normal usage , with a custom quiet setting , to be honest with my luck something will go wrong , too soon to take it apart again
its running very nice now to disturb it