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Aqua Computer and Rockit Delidding Tools tested on Core i7-7700K

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Intel mainstream CPUs have had a bottleneck in cooling due to poor heat transfer from the CPU die to the integrated heat spreader. Thanks to new de-lidding friendly tools released recently, it is now easier than ever before to handle this yourself and get a cooler running CPU. We examine two such solutions from Rockit Cool and Aqua Computer today, both of which promise fool-proof de-lidding and re-lidding.

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Nice review, but I cant help thinking that this should not be needed on such a cpu. More than 20 degrees improvement should make Intel reconsider their thermal solution. Considering that buyers lose there guarantee by doing this.
 
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Page #2, there seems to be text missing from this sentence, or the grammatical structure needs work: "The main tool itself is fairly small in size and can be stored away easily. It is compact enough to where the re-lid press tool comes in place as well".
 
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I guess we went back to the old times - correcting manufacturers' f*ckups etc.

Hopefully, now that AMD is back into the game, Intel will start caring again.
 
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These tools greatly facilitate the removal of the thermal pressure distributor or cover the processor but it would be good if it could be used for more than one processor.
Already years ago since I removed the cover from i73770K and gained huge thermal deficits. A caution in use! It can lead to twisting, under a strong spring. !! I suggest the use of spacers !! to the right height !! It is try myself, because the springs on the CPU block are to strong and bend s !! beds and pins so that the processor has lost contacts.
 

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my old 3770k had an even larger drop than the 20C you saw, but thats possibly because i was at my thermal limits (seeing 90-95C in IBT, and i used liquid metal TIM under the IHS)

good to see proper tools making the job easier than 'use a sharp blade and don't die'
 

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Page #2, there seems to be text missing from this sentence, or the grammatical structure needs work: "The main tool itself is fairly small in size and can be stored away easily. It is compact enough to where the re-lid press tool comes in place as well".
I re-wrote the sentence for clarification, let me know know if that sounds better.
 
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I re-wrote the sentence for clarification, let me know know if that sounds better.
Perfectly ty. I had to read it a couple of times previously to get the gist of it.
 
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Perfectly ty. I had to read it a couple of times previously to get the gist of it.
Excellent, glad that removed any confusion. Thanks for letting me know in the first place.
 

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Great testing and review as usual! Would you buy the Rockit over the Delid Die Mate 2?
 

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Great testing and review as usual! Would you buy the Rockit over the Delid Die Mate 2?
The Delid Die Mate 2 was one I tried to get a sample of to include in here as well, but unfortunately they had supply issues then. With just a quick look online it seems fairly easy to use as well, but I can't say I would recommend it or something else over it without personal experience. All I can say is that the Rockit tool is going to do the job easily.
 
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Grate test.... :lovetpu: now we know what we can expect from intel on their next cpu, better cooling paste :D
 
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I wonder how much $ does it really save for intel on a unit.... 0.0001$? because that cheapest graypaste and its appliance is not free either. I think that Intels does it because .... like Chappelle's show said:
 

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Grate test.... :lovetpu: now we know what we can expect from intel on their next cpu, better cooling paste :D
we've been waiting for this from the 3xx0 series with ivy bridge... intel dont give a damn about this because it only affects overclockers
 
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we've been waiting for this from the 3xx0 series with ivy bridge... intel dont give a damn about this because it only affects overclockers
Funny how you should mention overclocking, isn't that what the little "k" is meant for? ;)
The least Intel could have done is ensure their 'k' series CPU's had better thermal solutions between the IHS than their non-overclocking CPU's. :)
 
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I've had two 3770Ks, the first an average overclocker probably positioned right at the 50th percentile, attempted a delidding myself and cut down into the PCB slicing the dual memory tracers, same day I decided to bend a few pins on the Z77 motherboard just for kicks, most likely a Darwin moment. :laugh: Second "replacement" 3770K was an amazing clocker, got lucky in the Amazon lottery, stable at 5.0, bootable to 5.3, still have that awesome CPU mounted on the wall with the ROG Maximus V Extreme mobo.

"How's it hangin' Maximus Five?" :p

Paid for a 6700K delidding by the Siliconlottery.com guy, he's awesome, the CPU is binned to 4.8 and brilliant thermals using an EK monoblock.


But here we are in 2017, and I would avoid this issue altogether if you are able. Buy Ryzen Performance Series or the Intel X299 HEDT Series in June or Ryzen's upcoming X399 HEDT series using proper solder as your thermal interface.

Nice idea with the cyanoacrylate VSG. :D




Also, an engineering friend at Harris Corporation sent me this gif with a caption he wrote "How most everyone at OCN.com chooses their new fans" :roll:
I would have to agree, and thought VSG being a fan guy and guru, would find this humorous. :)

 
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While we have all the reasons for hating Intel for being such despicable cheapskates, I wonder why no one has started a business for selling properly thermally insulated/de-lidded Intel CPUs. I guess a lot of people would be interested.
 
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While we have all the reasons for hating Intel for being such despicable cheapskates, I wonder why no one has started a business for selling properly thermally insulated/de-lidded Intel CPUs. I guess a lot of people would be interested.
https://siliconlottery.com/products/delid

Sometime's he runs a delidding sale, got my 6700K delidded for $29.99.

But back then, January 2016, we did not have these amazing DIY delidding tools/options presented in this review. :)

Also, Performance PCs has a Kaby Lake and a SkyLake delidding tool you can rent for only $14.95 for 10days. Not certain if that is the Der8auer tool or not, but it sure looks familiar.



http://www.performance-pcs.com/kabylake-cpu-de-lidding-tool-10-day-rental.html

http://www.performance-pcs.com/skylake-cpu-de-lidding-tool-rental.html
 
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Also, Performance PCs has a Kaby Lake and a SkyLake delidding tool you can rent for only $14.95 for 10days. Not certain if that is the Der8auer tool or not, but it sure looks familiar
It's not. It's a PPCs exclusive of sorts manufactured by Hardware Labs for them.
 

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Nice review, but I cant help thinking that this should not be needed on such a cpu. More than 20 degrees improvement should make Intel reconsider their thermal solution. Considering that buyers lose there guarantee by doing this.
Well we've been down that road many times before but Intel does not give 10 f's :D
 

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Well we've been down that road many times before but Intel does not give 10 f's :D
To be fair to Intel, they do. Devil's Canyon was the acknowledgement of this very thing. Doesn't mean they did everything possible though.
 
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