You're one step closer from joining an elite group of enthusiasts that have achieved the pinnacle of computing performance for their system. But first, let's talk about what paths you must take to attain such greatness.
Delidding is a term used to describe the act of removing the integrated heat spreader (IHS) on your processor (CPU).
Identifying the IHS
Why do we do it?
CPU manufacturers typically use poor thermal interface material (TIM) underneath the IHS. To make matters worse, sometimes it is spread inconsistently. By delidding the CPU, you are able to clean off the factory TIM and apply a quality TIM of your choice, therefore providing better heat transfer resulting in a cooler CPU. We recommend liquid metal TIM for the best results, but more on that later.
Why is a cooler CPU better?
You may have heard the term "heat is the deadly enemy of all sensitive electronics" or something along those lines. No? Well now you have. Heat affects the lifespan of your processor as well as the performance of your processor. When your CPU gets too hot it does something called "Thermal Throttling" which is a safeguard the manufacturer puts in place to prevent harm to your CPU. You're probably thinking "That sounds great! So why do I need to delid it?" Well, when you experience thermal throttling you're also experiencing a slower PC experience. In simple terms, your processor goes from functioning at factory specs to lower than factory specs. Not only will delidding your CPU prevent thermal throttling but it will allow you to overclock your CPU beyond factory specs for increased performance. More on overclocking later.
So what are your options after delidding?
Depending on your processor you've got a few options and we'll go over what each of those options are and their benefits.
- Copper Upgrade
- Direct Die
After you delid your CPU you've got to relid it. Go figure, right? Now that you've cleaned off your processor and have reapplied your TIM, you'll want to reinstall the stock IHS. That's the gist of relidding. Delidding + Relidding alone will provide you a nice bump in cooling performance.
Finished delidding but want to take it up a notch? Going with our copper upgrade may be right down your alley. Similar to relidding, but instead of placing your stock IHS back on you'll relid using one of our precision machined, pure copper IHS'. Manufacturers typically use a plated copper IHS. The problem with that is the heat has to travel through two layers of material which isn't the most efficient. By going full copper you eliminate that second layer which results in an even better cooling experience than conventional delid + relid. Another benefit of using our copper is that it's significantly more flat than the stock IHS. This ensures even contact between your CPU and the cooler across all surfaces. And if all that doesn't have you convinced... Our copper is shiny. You don't want to be that guy that doesn't like shiny things do you?
So you're feeling adventurous! You hate IHS' as much as we do. You want to toss it in the trash and go EXTREME! Direct die is where it's at. Cooling in its rawest form. Direct die cooling is exactly like what it sounds like, your cooler touches the die directly. What's the benefit of this? Similarly to replacing the stock IHS with our copper IHS, you are once again removing another barrier between the die and CPU cooler. This is the pinnacle of CPU cooling. If you want maximum cooling potential then direct die cooling is your best bet.
Identifying the CPU die
So what is liquid metal?
TL;DR: TIM that makes your PC go "BRRR, it's cold in here".
Seriously though, conventional thermal paste doesn't hold a candle to liquid metal. But what makes it better? Thermal paste is a mixture of thermally conductive filler whereas liquid metal is a gallium-based mixture. Gallium is a metal therefore it provides superior thermal conductivity to any non-metal based TIM. Also, liquid metal has one very important trait. Remember when I told you not to be that guy that doesn't like shiny things?
I know y'all are entranced by my explanations but I'm going to let Mr. JayzTwoCents handle this one.
Congratulations on graduating from RCU (Rockit Cool University). You're halfway there. You know the process, now it's time to put it into action. If you still have any doubts or questions, you may find answers in our FAQ. Also don't hesitate to reach out to us through the contact form. Below you'll find all the tools you need to get started!
What processor do I have?
There's multiple ways to find out, but here are a few methods. If your CPU is not currently installed you can look on your IHS and it'll tell you the model. Alternatively you can go into your Control Panel and click on "System" and it'll tell you your processor. Lastly, you can install a program called CPU-Z. CPU-Z is a useful tool to not only find out what processor you are using, but it also provides you information about your other hardware. Click the icon below to download.
Checking my CPU temperatures
Here at Rockit Cool we use two programs to monitor temperatures. The first is, HWMonitor (Hardware Monitor). This program not only shows you your CPU temperature but also provides you other information such as your GPU (Graphics Card) temperatures, your fan speeds and many other things. The other is CoreTemp which only shows you your processors temperature if you aren't interested in the extra details or aren't having any luck with HWMonitor. Downloads for both are down below.
Okay, show me the money!
Eager are we? I like it! Once you know what processor you're currently running, simply type the processor model (ie. 4790K, 6700K, 9900K, 10600K, etc.) into the search bar under our menu tab and it will pull up all products associated with your processor. Then you're off to the races!
From everyone here at Rockit Cool, thank you for your interest in our products. Our goal is to help you get the most out of your system. If you walked away with more knowledge about your computer then before you arrived, we've accomplished our mission.