Anyone who ever thought of delidding their CPUs got excited when we first heard of der8auer’s delid-die-mate about a week ago and back then we heard that it would launch at Caseking. With a launch at Caseking it was just a matter of time before we got the official confirmation that it also would come to the Brits via Overclockers UK, after all, it’s one company. That has now happened and Overclockers UK have officially listed the Delid-Die-Mate available for pre-orders.
De-lidding is the process of removing the Integrated Heat Spreader (IHS) of the CPU in order to replace the original thermal interface material with something better. The default TIM is far from the best and especially hard-core overclockers will be able to push their processors further with less thermal restrictions. Up until now that process has been tricky and dangerous as it requires manually cutting the glue away holding the parts together, a process that only needed a single slip to destroy the CPU.
The Delid-Die-Mate solves this problem and offers a much safer delid process. The tool is two precision milled blocks that clamp together around the CPU with even force distribution that locks the CPU in place safely. By turning the screw on the back of the device, the lid of the CPU is pushed steadily away from the PCB with no risk of damage to your
expensive performance CPU.
The Delid-Die-Mate is compatible with Skylake, Ivy Bridge, Haswell, Devils Canyon, and Broadwell processors, and it can as previously mentioned be pre-ordered now for £62.99 at Overclockers UK. der8auer also created a Haswell OC frame, a CPU-mounting frame developed for the stronger overclocking delidded Intel Haswell, Devil’s canyon and Broadwell CPUs on socket 115x motherboards, but that will set you back another £27.95.
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.
8Pack isn’t known as one of the best overclockers in the world for no reason and he has just shown everyone why that is at the recent ASUS ROG OC Showdown Area 2015 by not only winning the event but also breaking two world records himself while his partner in “crime” der8auer also cracked a record.
The records were created on the ASUS Rampage Extreme V motherboard with ASUS GeForce GTX Titan X in Triple & Quad-SLI configuration and using LN2 cooling:
Catzilla 1440P – 56747 by 8pack
Catzilla 720P – 94997 by der8auer
3DMark11 Performance – 53396 by 8pack
Other partners for the event besides ASUS, were HyperX, Seasonic, and Dimastech supplying the hardware that was used.
8Pack’s normal home is at Overclockers UK where they also sell specialized and highly overclocked systems by just him, 8Pack. So if you got the taste for just the best, you can buy it directly. Those systems won’t come cheap though as the cheapest system starts at £4679.94 incl. VAT.