Direct Die 9900K cooling with an AIO
Hello, this is my first post here on overclock.net. I have been browsing this forum for months and learned lots of useful stuff, but I have not found enough concrete info on the Internet for my particular needs and so here I am. I hope that a more knowledgeable individual regarding water cooling can help me out.
I have decided to delid my 9900K because I am very close to thermal limits in Cinebench and stress tests. A Rockit 89 awaits me in the next room. I have also placed an order for the Der8auer Direct Die guard, which is something I am not 100% certain how to go about using. I do not have a custom loop nor the funds to build one at this time, so I will attempt direct die cooling with an AIO. In his YT video about the 9th Gen Delid Die Guard, Der8auer explained that the frame is compatible with Asetek AIO (he specifically says Corsair/NZXT) with minimal difficulties/mods required! However, I have been told that I might need some M3 screws cut to size for this to work. Before I do that I am wondering if someone out there has already successfully done direct die cooling on the 9900K/1151 socket with an AIO without any mods. I own a Corsair H150i Pro and an EVGA CLC 280, both of which are Asetek Gen6 with slightly different blocks. The problem is that I am unsure if any of the standoffs included with the AIO (e.g. LGA 115x, 2066, AM4) will provide enough clamping pressure for the CPU minus IHS. Has anyone had any success direct die cooling with an AIO, and if so, what did you do? Thanks for any input.
Last edited by weztmarch; 05-19-2019 at 10:25 PM.