What is Delidding?

So, in this article we are going to cover what is delidding of a CPU and its core benefits.

Firstly, anyone who wants a high-quality, personalized PC should consider building their own computer. The process of choosing your own parts and putting everything together lets you have complete control over the end result. It also helps you achieve processing speed and core temperatures that you can’t find in pre-built boxes. 

For example, you can’t find a delidded CPU anywhere on the major commercial market. However, delidding your CPU can help keep temperatures down more effectively. It is considered risky to sell, so most companies simply don’t. If you want to take your liquid-cooled PC to the next level, delidding is the step to take. 

What Is Delidding? 

Delidding your CPU is the process of taking the Integrated Heat Spreader (IHS) off of the board. An IHS is a thin copper plate that’s connected to the CPU at each individual microprocessor. It’s designed to keep these single microprocessors on the CPU from potentially overheating and melting things. Instead, the IHS absorbs heat from unusually hot microprocessors and distributes it over a wider area. 

When you delid your CPU, you take the IHS off. This helps you cool the CPU with a liquid system more effectively. Instead of the slow heat transfer from the IHS, you can directly absorb the heat into the cooling system. 

Benefits of Delidding

There are several benefits that you get from delidding a CPU. 

  • Overclocking the CPU is easier when it can be cooled more efficiently
  • Even non-overclocked CPUs will stay cooler
  • Delidding offers the chance to replace inefficient or thick thermal interface materials. 
  • Even if you end up leaving the IHS, the process of delidding lets you investigate your CPU’s component parts. 

Delidding isn’t an essential part of building a PC, but it can help you maximize your performance.

How to Delid a CPU

Essentially, you need to very carefully remove the IHS from the CPU. There are two methods: cutting and pushing. Both can be done well, but if you aren’t careful, both can also ruin your CPU. 

Cutting the IHS off of the CPU must be done with a very sharp tool, like a naked razor blade. This is the riskier of the two methods. It takes precisions to separate the glue and the IHS from the CPU. It’s also easy to scratch the CPU if you have unsteady hands. It’s a good choice if you have patience and you don’t want to get specialized equipment. 

On the other hand, you can also use a vice to push the IHS off the chip. By carefully lining up the vice so that one side of the vice touches the IHS, and the other touches the CPU. Then, by slowly and carefully tightening the vice, you put pressure on the glue, until the IHS pops free. 

Of course, delidding a mediocre CPU will not make it a better piece of equipment. Getting better equipment will make the delidding process more effective. Modifying a good piece of equipment yields higher dividends than trying to fix a poor-quality item. Making an investment in quality parts upfront is always your best bet. 

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