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How many people took their IHS off?


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I recently learned that it greatly reduces your core temps if you take your IHS off. i was wondering how many people have done that here and how it dropped your temps?


Glaanies script monkey
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Integrated Heat Spreader

My northbridge heat sink fell off about two years ago, does that count?

American Zombie

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Really not worth it as most only see about 5 degree lower load temp and you have to shave down the mobo's CPU bracket to compensate for the IHS being removed. Otherwise the heatsink will not make good contact with the die. If you mess up at all during removal your CPU is most likely dead as the die will be crushed or otherwise damaged. Removing the IHS is a new thing going around the OC crowd.

Here is one Tutorial on how to do it on a A64.
I pissed and moaned for 5 years over the stupidity of unpackaged die on $1000 CPUs. Now that they got smart and put them under metal again people actually want to take the covers off for a few degress of cooling?

Sheesh what a waste.
It's not a bad idea. The decrease in temps are nice for the overclocking community because a 5 degree decrease can mean a little more speed. Now whether that performance is entirely worth it is a different thing, but to overclockers it is completely worth it.

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