Monday, February 28th 2022

RockItCool Offering Pure Copper IHS Upgrades for Intel, AMD CPUs

RockitCool is a new entrant towards the deliding and IHS replacement game, and the company is offering new delid kits that allow users to replace the Integrated Heatspreader (IHS) on their CPUs in an attempt to achieve better operating temperatures - and potentially improve performance. Considered by some to be one of the most daring quests towards extracting the most performance possible from a given chip, the deliding process is, however, not without its dangers, and will void CPU warranties irrespective of the tool - or care - employed in the operation.

RockItCool's website sprung up earlier this year, and the website doesn't count with many user reviews - but those that are there seem to be glowing. The company specializes in providing complete delid and pure-copper IHS replacement kits, taking advantage of copper's higher thermal conductivity as a way to increase the amount of heat that can be pulled away from the CPU - improving its operating temperatures and power profiles. The copper IHS themselves have guidance markings to ease concerns regarding the application of liquid metal itself, which is a particularly risky substance to misapply around electrical circuitry.
The company claims to have achieved an up to 15º C improvement in operating temperatures for Intel's latest Alder Lake Core i9-12900K, dropping them from around 85° C in full load to 70º C after the IHS replacement (and liquid metal TIM [Thermal Interface Material] upgrade). Those numbers by themselves sound a little bit too good to be true; our coverage of previous delid efforts (some of them led by overclocking legend Der8auer)showcased much minor improvements.

While the latest and greatest processors from both AMD and Intel will always be the most sought-after for aftermarket improvements such as these, the company is also selling kits stretching back all the way to Intel's sixth generation Core designs (Skylake). Just remember - the process is not without its risks.
Source: RockItCool
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21 Comments on RockItCool Offering Pure Copper IHS Upgrades for Intel, AMD CPUs

#1
phanbuey
I never thought i would say this but I miss the toothpaste.
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#2
PanicLake
Ahhh one of those charts where the base is not Zero...
Anyway 14°~ lower is not bad at all.
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#3
ZentiX
IHS is allready copper, why not just lap the one on the CPU? Save money, and at the same time get a flat surface.
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#4
thegnome
Fake marketing with the huge temp drops AND pay money for something you already had... Just lap the cpu die along with your cooler and it's the same thing.
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#5
mouacyk
Those who've delidded understand it's the height reduction that contributes primarily to the temp reduction. The stock solder is just too thick, and ends up being a heat sink rather than conductor. On the copper heatsink thing -- rockitcool just needs something else to sell.
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#6
MDWiley
mouacykThose who've delidded understand it's the height reduction that contributes primarily to the temp reduction. The stock solder is just too thick, and ends up being a heat sink rather than conductor. On the copper heatsink thing -- rockitcool just needs something else to sell.
This is it right here. I think the copper heat sink is designed for optimal height as well, alongside having a larger area which helps a little bit. Though I will say, having done it with a 9900k, I don’t think the improvements will be huge.
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#7
Ed_1
mouacykThose who've delidded understand it's the height reduction that contributes primarily to the temp reduction. The stock solder is just too thick, and ends up being a heat sink rather than conductor. On the copper heatsink thing -- rockitcool just needs something else to sell.
This ^

The thing is though in past chips deliding with liquid metal already gave like 15-20c reductions so not sure on their claims but that was also when Intel was still using paste between IHS and die.
They need to show what this IHS does on its own and they also have the ability to strengthen IHS so it doesn't bend so much in the 1700 socket.

PS: when I say strengthen I mean the IHS wall around chip, not the thickness or height.
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#8
TheinsanegamerN
phanbueyI never thought i would say this but I miss the toothpaste.
The toothpaste was great if you were a tinkerer. De and re-lidding my 3570k was a fun eexperience, and the temperature drop was downright impressive.

The solder chips have such a high risk of being damaged from delidding I cant justify it.
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#9
lostsupper
RockitCool isn't a "new entrant." I've been using their products since 2016. For what it's worth, my own results with delids, IHS replacements, and bare die kits always matched their claims.
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#10
phanbuey
TheinsanegamerNThe toothpaste was great if you were a tinkerer. De and re-lidding my 3570k was a fun eexperience, and the temperature drop was downright impressive.

The solder chips have such a high risk of being damaged from delidding I cant justify it.
Exactly this -- i delided all of my chips with the guacamole in them, and they all ran 20C cooler and all that needed to be done is to cut the rubber glue. But something about baking then using a vice that could also pop surface resistors off the chip doesn't make it worth it. I could probably get this chip to 5.4Ghz if I could get just this IHS off... :/
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#11
Alexandrus
These so called news are getting more and more silly. Rockit Cool has been around for at least 4 years, I have bought from them over the eayrs for my delidding needs.
Can somebody actually verify the things before posting on the website ? Or is this some of that new type of "journalism" which only cares about the click bait ?
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#12
Minus Infinity
AlexandrusThese so called news are getting more and more silly. Rockit Cool has been around for at least 4 years, I have bought from them over the eayrs for my delidding needs.
Can somebody actually verify the things before posting on the website ? Or is this some of that new type of "journalism" which only cares about the click bait ?
PR rehashes and advertorials make up most news on techsites. But it's up to us to filter the crap.
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#13
Arctucas
First, I am a RockitCool customer, having delidded a 6700K and two 9900K with their kit. I bought the copper IHS for the first 9900K, but only saw perhaps 1°C improvement. Direct die saw nearly 10°C improvement.

Now, in fairness, how many samples did they test? I believe the liquid metal is what gives the improvement, since the OEM is also copper, albeit nickle plated.

Did they try re-installing the OEM IHS using liquid metal?

I am sure they did not re-solder the CPU using their IHS.
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#14
enzolt
Nothing for threadripper? I checked their website and didnt see anything.
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#15
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
mouacykThose who've delidded understand it's the height reduction that contributes primarily to the temp reduction. The stock solder is just too thick, and ends up being a heat sink rather than conductor. On the copper heatsink thing -- rockitcool just needs something else to sell.
A heatsink is a Thermal conductor, the stock solder is a thermal conductor.
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#16
Lenne
S.T.A.R.S.
The stock IHS is already (nickel-plated) copper, so this is just for those who wants the absolutely maximum performance. Also I'm pretty sure that the stock tested isn't a stock IHS with liquid metal? But aren't the K SKUs soldered again? At least Ryzens are.
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#17
ir_cow
I got my RockItCool 12th gen delid kit today. I forgot to buy LM :fear: .
AlexandrusThese so called news are getting more and more silly. Rockit Cool has been around for at least 4 years, I have bought from them over the eayrs for my delidding needs.
Can somebody actually verify the things before posting on the website ? Or is this some of that new type of "journalism" which only cares about the click bait ?
How is this clickbait? Its been proven delid of 12th gen will drop temps by 10c.
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#18
mouacyk
eidairaman1A heatsink is a Thermal conductor, the stock solder is a thermal conductor.
More or less, depends on thickness and concentration of heat. The variability is enough to make a 15C difference sometimes.
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#19
ThrashZone
Hi,
Yep delid is no big loss if you have a chip that needs high vcore to do much with
Scalp the pos sp54-70 and have some fun with it lol
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#20
LabRat 891
Neat. Not worth the risk IMO on soldered chips, but neat.
I miss the pure Silver IHSs. Even if a little impractical, if you're going that far, why not all the way?
Maybe someday they'll make an Oriented Allotropic Carbon IHS that beats out Silver.
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#21
bogami
It works ,!But could be even better , with added slots on the top and a cover part for fluid supply and sealing with a seal. This could be the final product on offer that would definitely improve the efficiency of cooling, good luck because I do not have the funds for such games, but I have such solutions in my head.
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