Originally Posted by flexy123
(I am sure I might have posted here 4-5 years ago, when I attempted to delid my 4770k. I had a knife slip scare and stopped my delid attempt, and thought I destroyed the CPU, but I was lucky that I didn't cause any damage and that the CPU worked flawlessly)
Anyway, today, after so many years I tried it again out of boredom. I must have seen 9000 videos of people delidding with razors, and even a vid with someone delidding with the plastic package from his CPU, and another guy using a small plastic card. The idea was that you only need a tiny 2mm cut in one edge, and then use the card and do the rest. Sounds totally trivial, right?
Anyway, to make a long story short: I really tried today with a small exacto knife just to cut a small 2mm slit in the side. NO DICE. I tried several times and took my time, doing exactly what I must have seen a million times in videos. The black silicone is just so rock hard I wasn't able to even get into it, whatsoever. So I aborted that attempt too. I figure there is no other way than using a tool, fortunately you can now get these mini vice delid tools from China for €5 where people had success with. If I am bored again I might just get one of those, but not sure whether I care with such an old CPU. I was sooo convinced I get it right today...grrrrr....
It's much easier to knock it off with a vise. I've pushed 3 off without issue.