Literally 3 minutes ago. Pics to follow (I took a few but the close-ups are extremely blurry.
Crappy TIM is 100% confirmed on Haswell! I used the vice method if anyone is wondering, and it was pretty easy actually. I never thought I'd be crazy enough to try, but here we are!
The chip did not pop out of the vice and go flying, it just loosened up and then I wiggled it out. As a backup, I had a big ESD bag opened behind the vice to act as a catcher's mit, but it wasn't necessary.
Edit: I'll add the photo links in a post below.
In case anyone is wondering, this is a plain old retail chip ordered from Amazon on Sunday.
One more note: I'd like to give a mad shout out to all those crazy guys who delidded before me, and especially the guys who figured out the vice method.. it was frighteningly easy even for someone as klutzy as me.
In the TR forums, a big shout-out to Auxy who has done this to Ivy Bridge too!
I'll update with more photos as I clean it up. For the first go around, I'm just using a very small amount of AS5 as the new TIM, but I may go for that crazy liquid metal stuff in the future (I don't have any on hand now).
Edit: Cleanup is done. I have posted a few post-cleanup photos in the photo post below. My goal was to remove gobs of glue that could affect the spacing of the IHS on the CPU PCB, so you'll see that the PCB is not spotless but that there aren't obviously globs of dried glue left. The top of the CPU has a mirror shine to it after cleaning. Sorry that the photos are not up to TR quality, but at least they give you an idea of the before & after.
Edit: June 7: I got in a replacement motherboard since the first one died after a short. The delidded 4770K is alive & kicking and I'm doing a memtest run. I have a very basal setup right now with just the CPU + stock cooler + RAM + USB boot stick running memtes86 the Arch installer. After the memory checks out, I'll do the full build with the other goodies over the weekend. I have a couple of not too exciting photos posted below. Note that Memtest is convinced that Intel still hasn't made it to a 22nm process
Edit: June 8: The memory checked out last night and I finished the hardware build. So far so good, the CPU at idle + the NZXT cooler gives almost-ambient temperatures (see my updated flickr feed for more pictures).
Edit: June 13: Thanks for all the recommendations about using Coollaboratory Ultra! I have posted updated screenshots of a higher overclock to 4.7GHz with a worst-case mprime torture test temperature of 82C (which was only hit briefly, and mprime was stable for over 2 hours during the test run). I was hitting over 90C(!) at only 4.6GHz with the old setup, so there are some bit improvements with the new TIM!http://www.flickr.com/photos/97134463@N07/9039248034/