Even though manufacturers don’t recommend delidding your CPU, there are quite a few overclockers out there that are using this method in order to improve overall thermal performance. Users are still debating whether this practice is actually worth it or not, but it looks like a company named Rockit Cool has created a tool designed specifically for the job. Dubbed Rockit 88, this Intel CPU delid tool has its own Kickstarter campaign, which has raised $3,929 at the time of writing even though the original goal was for just $600.
Some say that delidding a CPU doesn’t offer much in the way of thermal improvement, but Rockit Cool has stated that you can actually achieve a 10°C improvement in load temperatures on an overclocked Devil’s Canyon CPU using its tool.
If you want to get your hands on one of these devices, all you have to do is pledge $35 and you will receive a complete Rockit 88 kit in May 2016. If you’re really committed to delidding your expensive Intel CPU, it’s definitely a better idea to purchase one of these tools instead of using a regular knife and risking permanent damage. What do you think about Rockit 88? Would you use it for your overclocking needs?
Intel’s Skylake CPU brought a lot of joys to users since it was released, but it also brought along some trouble. We first found out about the inferior TIM used which made people delid their CPUs and it even lead to the development of the Delid-Die-Mate hardware with the one purpose of delidding CPUs. Then we heard about the issues with CPUs that actually bent under high pressure from large and heavy heatsinks as well as some that just weren’t aligned properly towards the LGA1151 socket, a much more serious issue. Most manufacturers of CPU coolers have been out and reassured their users which of their coolers are guaranteed to not create trouble, but some users might still want something a little more than just an assurance, they want a more secure mounting mechanism.
And that is just what MSI developed and they called it the CPU GUARD 1151. The press-release is very limited on information, but the item on itself is pretty self-explanatory. It is a new socket guard for your motherboard instead of the default one normally surrounding the CPU socket. The new MSI CPU GUARD 1151 strengthens the corners of the CPU, allowing it to withstand more vertical pressure.
This new CPU GUARD 1151 would be equally useful for delidders as well as those worried about their new valuable Skylake CPU bending. Whether it will be automatically added to some of MSI’s boards, being sold separately, and what the costs will be, that’s something that MSI didn’t reveal at this time.
Today der8auer unveiled his newest device for overclocking, the Delid Die Guard. The device makes removing the lids of CPUs so easy that even my mother could do it. The preferred method of the past has been the vice method for removing lids and unfortunately with the new Skylake CPUs the PCB is so thin people are destroying their expensive CPUs attempting the method.
Because of this, it has become common practice to use a razorblade to remove the lid, though that has its own dangers to users and the CPU. der8auer is a pro overclocker himself and even has mangled a CPU from delidding, so he decided to make a tool that will simplify the process.
The tool is two blocks that clamp together with 6 screws with a CPU placed inside. The compatible CPUs are Skylake, Ivy Bridge, Haswell and Devils Canyon though Broadwell may also work, but he had nothing to test with. After the two parts are clamped together with the CPU inside, turn the screw on the back and it pushes the lid off and you are done. A device that takes headaches and fear of killing a chip out of delidding? Yes Please!
The standard way for delidding Skylake right now involves using a razorblade and can be very dangerous to your fingers and the fragile PCB of the CPU. This is the first 6700K that I delidded and it was pretty anxiety-inducing for sure.
Over the last few weeks we have been hearing some interesting information come to light regarding Intel’s 5th Generation chipset and its Haswell Refresh processors and with a launch date of 11th May only a matter of weeks away now, we are starting to see snippets of information come through with regards to the motherboards that are going to power the 5th Generation processors.
MSI have been throwing out some teasers of what is to come in their latest motherboard lineup and whilst some boards were on display at this year’s CeBIT in Germany, they were only prototype items. This means that whilst they give us an insight into what is on offer when the boards finally go on sale, what is seen is only to be taken with a pinch of salt and things are likely to change between then and the final release.
So what do we know about the new line of motherboards and what features will we see across the product stack? Like previous generation boards we will see the latest release of many features including Military Class IV components, V-Check Points 2, OC Engine, Audio Boost 2 and new to this line of boards we will also see an M.2 interface for the latest SSDs as standard and a Delid Die Guard for the XPower AC as seen last week.
To break up what each board will bring to the market, have a look at the next couple of pages where I’ll touch on what each board has to offer as we go up through the stack. At the moment there is no work on pricing for any of these boards, although we will be certain to keep you all updated as information comes to light.
With recent generations of CPU’s suffering from low quality TIM between the heatspreader and the CPU die, many enthusiasts have been using delid CPU’s, in which they’ve removed the protective cover to either swap out the TIM for something better, or to use the CPU without its protective lid. Applying a CPU cooler directly to the CPU die can work wonders for cooling, but obviously comes with a fair amount of risk in terms of damaging the CPU.
Enthusiasts are keen to squeeze any performance they can from their system, especially those with a big focus on overclocking performance and the new Core i7-4790K from the Haswell refresh is likely to be a prime choice for many enthusiasts. MSI have already won a lot of praise for overclocking support, but their new generation of motherboards will support Delid Haswell and Haswell Refresh processors right out of the box.
The Z97 XPOWER AC will have the latest Delid Die Guard included, which will provide protection for the rest of the CPU and give you a good mount for any cooling components. Are you brave enough to flip the hood off of your new high-end CPU? I know I’m not.
Thank you WCCF for providing us with this information.