Intel having been neglected for a long time, some have forgotten this deep trend in the world of performance enthusiasts: décapsuler son CPU to give him to take care of his IHS. However, the fanfare return of Intel with Alder Lake also heralds the return of good weather for fans of the delid technique.
The conclusion is always the same: first of all, between IHS and CPU die, the paste used is never of a super quality and especially its application is not uniform. Then the IHS is never a perfect flat surface, thus limiting the points of contact with the cooling solution.
Up to 15°C less with a custom IHS?
The tool maker decapsulation RockItCoolannounced its latest Copper IHS kit for processors 12th Generation Intel Alder Lake, claiming up to 15°C lower temperatures. The particularity of this IHS, apart from being copper, a very heat-conducting material, is to have a surface area 9.5% greater than the original IHS. While remaining perfectly compatible with the socket, this increase in surface obviously favors thermal conduction with your cooling solution.
For enthusiasts and especially overclockers, the decap operation ( delid ) is rather nondescript. But you must not forget that it always carries a risk of permanently damaging your processor. Finally, to those who are wondering, yes this operation makes you permanently lose the guarantee.
We will soon be testing the copper IHS and we will give you our feedback on its interest in different phases of use.