It didn't fix nothing. It's clearly better than the TIM they used on the previous gen. Now you get a 6-8C improvement from delidding and using liquid metal instead of the 15-20C you got last gen. Seems pretty good when all the trouble of delidding only gets you a few more degrees. I don't think anyone expected it to be better than a thin layer of liquid metal right on the die. Chip makers can't ship a CPU with a TIM that thin and conductive because it's not resilient enough. That's why they use a thicker layer of solder for consistency.
But yeah, the 9900K is definitely hot. Intel has found the end of what they can do at 14nm. Anyone wanting to OC it beyond 5Ghz had better have it on water with a 280-360mm rad.
Last edited by tostitobandito; 10-19-2018 at 08:30 AM.