DeLid or suffer the heat. Delidding is in the air. I can't wait no more. *I'm running a 20 pass LinX stress test right now for my before delid test information. *In a few minutes I'm going to delid my 3570k. * I wouldn't do this unless I was confident that I can do this and that my 3570k will benefit from it. Right now my water cooled rig only has 1x120mm HWLABS Black ICE GTX Stealth radiator. This is the testing water loop configuration for my first De-lidding test. I have another radiator on back order at FrozenCPU and wanted to wait for it but I couldn't wait no more. Photos from my adventure. Officially Delidded. *No going back at this point in the game. Cleaned up and ready to GO! Contact Paper pressure test is a go! Here is contact paper pressure test with my DT SNIPER water block on 3570k IHS and then 3570k direct die. With IHS. No IHS direct DIE! Before Delidding. Ambient Temp 26C TIM IC Diamond 24 Temps under LinX load 83C 93C 89C 84C http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2531026 De-Lidded results. Direct DIE Contact Ambient Temps 25.5C TIM IC Diamond 24 Temps under LinX load *70C 80C 78C 74C http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2531139 Delidded IB i5-3570k @ 4.5GHZ 1.15v with NO IHS with DT SNIPER Water block http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2551498 Loop configuration as tested. Single 120mm slim HWLABS Black ICE radiator. TIM Liquid Pro IBT 4.5GHZ Maximum memory tested 10 passes Ambient Temps 25C Fresh Install With Liquid Pro average temp of each core is at 61C!! under IBT load. Conclusion: By de-lidding my IB i5-3570k I was able to lower average core temps from 87.25C to 61C!!!!! Since delidding I have been able to lower my average core temps under IBT 100% load at 4.5GHZ by 26.25C per core!!! Intel left it to us to effectively cool IB. This works!! Share your methods, lessons learned, and temps.