Doctor Venture wrote:
How "easy" would it be, for an admitted clutz like myself to delid a Kaby Lake, and follow your instructions? Basically, that temp differential is what had me concerned with just buying a boxed KL, since folks early on were claiming that even higher end cooling systems didn't make as much of a difference as deliding it first.
Just look at the video on RockitCool
its a trivial process. its more about paying attention to details and not being lazy.
It takes maybe 10-15 minutes to non-crazily clean off all the old sealant and TIM. I found after using finger nail to remove the big chunks of sealant that using a bunch of q-tips to rub the rest off PCB was simplest/least hair raising experience. Using cut up credit card was too scary. And the i7-7700 has no parts on top side except CPU. Not sure about i7-7700k.
Putting back together, only tricky part was making sure the IHS went onto CPU in one motion. Just do a couple practice runs first. I left it to seal for only maybe 30 minutes or an hour. (First time waited overnight). That was good enough that you can put into socket and carefully close and it wont slide out of place. Just have finger on IHS to be extra careful. Can test it out right away. I had one core a few degrees hotter but that disappeared in first day? Maybe after a power cycle or just some usage. Either way, it disappeared.
Trivial. I used Permatex Ultra Black Silicone sealant
(was hard getting into a used but cleaned Nocuta NT-H1 syringe, but like i said, in retrospect, just dab some with toothpick along edge, remembering to leave gap for air flow)
Noctua NT-H1 TIM for outside CPU, but I might at some point try MX-4 to see how it is. Now that i have needle, it should last very long time though.RockitCool-88
tool with re-lid attachment. (It centers IHS on CPU PCB, not offset like default, its only mm so doesnt matter). Got white so i can see any specs of dust, bits of sealant scraped off.
And the Grizzly Conductonaut
I applied the liquid metal without any tape protecting outside of CPU. Absolutely clean IHS(just paper towel and acohol wipes wasnt same as using arctic solution, looked same, couldnt get anything off, but the solution allowed some more grey to come off) and CPU. Remember use very very little. Get mirror finish. Than i added miniscule bit more because i wasnt going to try to apply to IHS side. You will waste a bunch on Q-tips. Just how it is. IHS is very close to CPU now. Had no issues going slow and steady.
I have no idea what the four contacts somewhat near CPU were, i was going to just put some Noctua paste on them to insulate, but never did.
Side note, make sure CPU socket on MB is always covered from dust. Same, make sure underside of CPU PCB is wiped with alcohol wipe to remove finger oils,...
edit: Dont forget some eye glass wipes
. I like better than the slightly larger but thinner more popular Zeiss brand.