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Service: Delid IvyBridge, Haswell, Broadwell, Skylake, Kabylake, Coffeelake CPUs

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Hello fellow enthusiasts,

If you’ve found yourself on this page, there’s a strong possibility that you’re interested in de-lidding your Ivy Bridge, Haswell, Broadwell, Sky Lake, Kaby Lake or Coffee Lake CPU to obtain better thermals. Perhaps you’ve even de-lidded your CPU already and you’re just curious what this may be. In any case, whatever the reason, this is what I offer for you guys who may be too afraid to do it or may not possess the right tools or experience for the job.

Before we go any further, I must stress a few things and these are NOT going to change. I know that the vast majority of you know of the risks, but I need to be abruptly clear so that there is no misunderstanding. If you are not comfortable with this, perhaps it isn’t for you.

So, here are the risks that you must be fully aware of;
1) This is a service that I am providing on behalf of me, and no one else. The affiliated forum on which this is posted is in no way responsible for any issues that may arise. I’ve done my best to lay out the terms and conditions, and the possible consequences, as best as I can. I may have forgotten something here or there, so I reserve the right to change it as and when I wish.
2) I will not be held responsible for the procedure going wrong. I have tested the tool (De-lid Die Mate by der8auer) a number of times, all of which were pain free. This is ultimately the most important one that you comply with, or else there’s no sense in reading the rest. I can perform the procedure with a razorblade, but the best method is with the specially designed tool by Roman as it is quick and reduces the risk to almost zero;
3) This is and always will be a risky procedure;
4) Your warranty will be null and void (but see the ‘drawback’ further down);
5) I have the tools to make this as risk-free as possible, and the ability to do it quickly and efficiently;
6) I will not be held responsible for it going missing in the post. I use tracked (special) delivery methods to ensure that it doesn’t happen and tracking info will be provided at all times, and;
7) This is ultimately your decision. I have the tools and the abilities, but the above must be agreed before we can continue.

What are the benefits?
1) Lower temperatures by as much as 20 degrees Celsius, more so on Haswell and below (generation wise);
2) Increased longevity of your CPU, and;
3) Higher overclocks can be obtained, as much as 200 MHz more at the same voltage compared to non-de-lidded CPUs. Your mileage may vary, though!

What are the drawbacks?
1) There’s only one downside, but it is a big one. The drawback is that you will lose your warranty*. To the best of my knowledge, Intel will not cover a de-lidded CPU under warranty. However, I’ve heard reports that they do indeed cover it and people have successfully RMA’d their CPU(s) to Intel, even after admitting that it was de-lidded during the RMA request stage. However, if for whatever reason it does go wrong, and the CPU no longer POSTs, I will do my very best to get it rectified for you in whatever way that I can. I’m a firm believer of doing what I can to help, unlike some who may just say tough luck and leave you in the dark.

*Although you will officially lose your warranty, my resealing job is good enough to get past Intel's RMA process. While this is possible, I don't recommend it as they can reject your CPU for any reason. If it happens to die whilst I am performing the service, I will let you know immediately, and I will attempt an RMA if it is still in warranty.

What will be done before your CPU is de-lidded and returned?
All CPUs will be tested by me in one of my motherboards prior to me beginning the de-lidding process to eliminate the possibility of someone pointing the finger. The testing will include checking the idle and load temps on my equipment for approximately five minutes. I will record those temperatures before I begin. I will then retest the CPU after it has been de-lidded and make a note of the change in temperatures. The screenshots will be kept on file for proof. A copy shall be printed for you, and stuck inside the envelop upon its return.

How long will the process take?
I aim to get this done within 24 hours of receiving your CPU. I do however work a full time job, which will limit the amount of CPUs I can process in a day (if it were to get busy). Please don’t be too disheartened if I do not complete your request within 24 hours. I will do my best to do so, but it may take 48 hours. The CPU needs time to dry before I can remove it from the clamp and it also requires a bit of testing again to ensure it is fully functional before leaving my hands.

What shipping method should I use to send the CPU to you?
That is ultimately your choice. I would personally recommend using a tracked delivery service at the very least, but you can of course opt to use something cheaper if you so wish. I will, and always will, use a first class package with insurance to ensure that you get your CPU back in both a reasonable amount of time and have a tracking number to follow its progression.

What does it cost to de-lid my CPU(s)?
So, if you’ve stuck with this the whole way through, I suppose it is time to lay out the cards and tell you the pricing.

Option 1, with resealing and new paste:
1) The price is $30, which includes return shipping via the method mentioned previously;
2) The cost is a flat rate that is the same for any kind of mainstream (LGA115*) CPU;
3) Multiple CPUs will be eligible for discounted rates (see ‘discounts’ below), and;
4) Return customers (I will be keeping records) will be eligible for discounted rates (see ‘discounts’ below);

Option 2, without resealing and paste:
1) The price is $15, which includes return shipping via special delivery;
2) The cost is a flat rate that is the same for any kind of CPU;
3) Multiple CPUs will be eligible for discounted rates (see ‘discounts’ below), and;
4) Return customers (I will be keeping records) will be eligible for discounted rates (see ‘discounts’ below)

Option 3, with Rockit Cool Pure Copper IHS:
The pricing remains the same as above as you will need to purchase the IHS directly from Rockit Cool before shipping your processor to me. There are a few reasons for this. The main reason being that you can ship the two together to avoid minimal downtime. It also reduces the chances of stuff not arriving in time. You will need to ensure that you purchase the correct one as LGA 1150 and LGA 1151 have different heights and tolerances.

LGA 1150
LGA 1151

Steve reviewed their IHS previously, and it showed that you can expect around a 4 to 5c better result when using the Rockit Cool IHS. Click here for his review...

If you decide to go down this road, I will ship your original IHS back to you.

Discounts:
1) Two or more CPUs at once will see a 10% discount on both occasions, and $5 removed from the final fee as postage is then combined, which saves us both money;
2) Repeat customers will receive 20% discount on their orders. There is no limit as to how many times you can take advantage of this. This cannot be combined with the first discount.

What I ask of you in this post:
Please do not post if you are not interested in such a service. If you are genuinely interested in it but you have a few questions, do not hesitate to ask within this thread. I will reply to any questions within 12 hours of their posting. I’m not asking for a lot here. Please be respectful. This is ultimately a service to benefit this forum base, and hopefully bring a few more here through Google as well.

One final thing that I'd like to say is that I used to run this service whilst I was in the UK, and I had numerous happy customers.

Additional service for even higher temperature reduction
This will involve lapping of your CPU - but this is nowhere near as beneficial as delidding. I need to work on this, but it’s coming in the near future...

For other mods on the forum: I cleared this with W1zzard before posting. He advised me to post it in this forum to see if it gets any attention.
 
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Allow me to be the first to say hats off to you, sir.

Would there be any possibility of including one of those fancy replacement copper heatspreaders?
 
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If that’s something you (or anyone else for that matter) would desire, I can absolutely replace the regular one with a copper one. It should be noted that all heat spreaders are copper with a nickel coating to prevent oxidizing. :)

I’ll work something into the main post about this now. Thank you!

Edit: done!
 
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Not a question for me but for others who may be interested - is this a mainland US service only?
 
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One final thing that I'd like to say is that I used to run this service whilst I was in the UK
Where are you now ?
 
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I am in the US. Let me update that to make it abundantly clear for all. Thank you! :D
 
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Maybe this fits better in the Buy/Sale/Trade forum?
 
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The reasoning is (most likely?) because it’s more accessible to anyone that may join the forum because of it. That’s my guess...
 
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For what it's worth I've know dude online for about a decade (not sure exactly) or so, I've traded with him and moderated a tech forum where he also offered this service in the UK.

He has always been a great contributor to conversations and shared knowledge where he could. One of the few nobody complained about or reported posts by.

While he is pretty new here he is well known in some parts of the community. I'm sure plenty of others from the British corner of the world share my opinion.
 
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How sweet! Can I get a :love: instead of just a like? :D

I'm just doing what I can to help others out. That's ultimately what I enjoy. :)
 
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