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Old December 18, 2012, 07:44 PM
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I received two 3770K today. One of them I am tempted to de-lid because I feel it should then reach 5Ghz +. Currently it it will do 4.8 with 1.28v (less with droop under load). I have been running prime95 small ffts this evening at those clocks without issue... aside from the temps that is. Load temps are ~90C on the hottest cores. I am using an NH D-14.

I would like to know how many of you who own 3770k (or 3570k) have chosen to de-lid and what your thoughts are?

**I should mention the other 3770k will only do 4.6 with 1.28v. It runs cooler but does not like higher clocks even with added vcore up to 1.35v.

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Old December 19, 2012, 03:23 AM
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Here's a good how-to if it helps.
Delidded my i7-3770K, loaded temperatures drop by 20C at 4.7GHz - AnandTech Forums
Haven't tried it myself yet though.
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From what I have read you can get good results, but you always run the risk of turning it into a lightweight brick.
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Old December 19, 2012, 06:23 AM
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Is 200Mhz really worth the risk? Those things are over 300 smackers. When I get mine I plan to park it at about 4.5-4.6 for a dedicated gaming rig. Don't want to tempt fate.
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Old December 19, 2012, 07:04 AM
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I feel that there is the possibility of clocking this chip over 5ghz if I could lower the temps by 20C. And ya, one does not remove the IHS for practical reasons, this is more of a hobby. That said I do not want to make a foolish decision and I was hoping to make up my mind after reading what other deliders said about the whole process.
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Old December 19, 2012, 11:03 AM
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Over lunch I decided to pop the top. Here are some poor iphone pics. I am now running Prime95 small ffts at 5.0. woot

I used MX-2 to replace the dry and hard Intel TIM. I think with better TIM I could yet achieve cooler temps. As is load temps are down ~15C.



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Cool! It's been a while since we've had a series of procs that make it worthwhile for enthusiasts to remove the IHS. What are you cooling with and did you do anything different about how you mounted it?
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Old December 19, 2012, 11:08 AM
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I am using a NH-D14.

I put the cpu in it socket> applied TIM to the cpu die> placed the IHS on top of the die> latched the socket mechanism> applied TIM to IHS> installed HSF
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Ok, so it's not a naked proc, it's just got better tim on the IHS?
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Old December 19, 2012, 11:14 AM
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that is correct
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