Originally Posted by KedarWolf
I have a delid tool myself but my 9900k temps are decent and I'm kinda hesitant delidding a soldered heatsink and messing with it.
Edit: Just so you know I saw somewhere there is a decent solvent for safely removing the solder after delidding a 9900k, much easier than sanding, not sure where I saw it exactly though.
You don't have to be hesitant about it brother.
I fully understand when you hear "Soldered IHS" and "Delidding" you think it not worth the hassle.
To put it bluntly, Intel's Indium STIM is garbage. Liquid Metal still performs MUCH better. You're not looking at 20c drops from delidding, more like 5c.... However Delid and Direct Die like I am doing. Easily a 15c difference. In your position.... since you have a delid tool already, it would be a no brainer for me. All you need to get is the Direct Die Mount. Your CPU is close to mine voltage wise, I am quite sure 5.3ghz will be attainable. 5.4ghz for benching.
Think about it man, I fully suggest it. Intel's Indium STIM is not "real" solder. You don't even need to heat your IHS to get it off for one, and you can also scrape it off completely with a plastic razor. It's barely even solder IMO.
I'm putting my 9900k on a Maximus XI Extreme I was given, there are a couple of bent pins and I have been successful in repairing pins on other boards so far every time, IIRC. That's the real reason why I am doing it, I am just thinking best board + this CPU and Direct Die will yield the best result I'm going to see on my 9900k. The Aorus Master will still clock it just as high, if not higher with the better VRM's. I would still do it if I were you.
I remember a solvent too, also not sure what it is. I'll refresh before the delid, I still haven't done it.
I just realized... you said "A delidding tool". You cannot use a delidding tool that would delid an 8700k or older 1151/1150 CPU.
Has to be a 9900k Delidder.
You can verify this yourself, the information is available for everyone to see. I only realized this when I went to buy a tool, who knows... might even be false. However personally, I'd rather be safe.
So, unless you bought a 9900k delidder like I have, and left it lying there.... You shouldn't attempt to delid that CPU.
Anyway, the previous offer is still on the table.
Originally Posted by Falkentyne
I have some of that stuff, but what exactly is it, anyway?
They said "it's not liquid metal for CPU application", but it is SOME sort of liquid metal.
Liquid metal (galinstan) can be used as a CPU solder removal tool also, although it takes awhile.
It's definitely *NOT* quicksilver, as Quicksilver is Mercury (a very toxic compound).
It's also more watery than galinstan.
Anyone have any idea what it is?
I guess we should start looking.... I will need it very soon. Immediately, even.
Alright boys, fan out, report back?