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  • Kaby Lake Under the Knife and Computer Hardware Needs to Settle Down
  • Kaby Lake Under the Knife and Computer Hardware Needs to Settle Down


    Hosts: Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain
    Time: 32:53

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    Originally recorded February 2017

    Show Notes

    Delidding the Core i7 7700K
    Overclocking with current LGA 115x processors can be a little difficult due to how the processors are assembled.  When Ivy Bridge (Core i7 3700K) launched Intel decided to stop soldering the top of the processor to the heatspreader.  As a result the thermal connection was not as efficient and impacted heat limited overclocking.  Since then delidding has become a popular solution to make the connection more efficient and while there are some real dangers it is a pretty harmless process.

    Skylake and Kaby Lake face the same problem with the added challenge that the board the CPU sits on is now half the thickness and creates some real dangers when it comes to delidding.  To combat this Dennis acquired a tool from RockitCool called the Rockit 88 Delidding tool. 

    This little device helps you safely delid your LGA 115x processors while also giving you a platform for cleaning and reassembling it when you are done.  It is available on Amazon and directly from RockitCool.

    Related Links
    MOA 2013 Semi Finals, De-lidding the Haswell and Death of the Point and Shoot
    Rockit 88 Delid Tool for Intel CPU

    Gaming hardware needs to grow up
    PCGamer posted an interesting piece on the current state of computer hardware, more specifically, gaming hardware.  In this segment Dennis and Darren have an adhoc discussion about the article and how current trends actually mimic how things have progressed in the past but, seem to bother us more.

    In case you haven’t heard, RGB lighting is all the rage, it isn’t “our” rage but is being forced on to us because someone felt it was needed.  Admittedly most of the RGB lighting craze started with the launch of the MSI X99 Godlike and how much of an impression it made at Computex 2015.  Since then companies have been working hard to add RGB lighting to everything from memory modules (which has been done before), motherboards, video cards, heatinks, water cooling components, cases, fans (which has also been done before), mice, keyboards and the list goes on.

    Of course RGB wouldn’t be the same if you couldn’t see it and is why almost every case you can buy now also comes with a tempered glass side panel.  I’m not sure if they would pass any EMC and EMI tests but suffice to say even painting the inside of a chassis voids it from qualification so glass seems like a no brainer.

    Either way they are both here to stay, at least for a year or two.

    Related Links
    HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset Review
    Gaming hardware needs to grow up
    MSI X99A Godlike Gaming Motherboard Review

    Episode 72 featured music:
    Little People - Start Shootin' (http://www.littlepeoplemusic.com/)