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  • RockitCool 99 Delidding and Watercooling Upgrades


    Hosts: Dennis Garcia and Darren McCain
    Time: 30:16

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    Originally recorded December 2017

    Show Notes

    RockitCool Rockit 99 Delidding Tool
    By now many enthusiasts are familiar with delidding, or the act of removing the Intel heatspreader to replace the factory thermal paste for better thermals.  This is something we have talked about in episode 72 of the Hardware Asylum Podcast where we explored the process of delidding a Kaby Lake 7700K and how beneficial it was.  With the launch of the Intel X-Series processors the concept of delidding is making a comeback.  You wouldn’t think a $1000 USD processor would or “should” require delidding but, if you want to get the most from your processor and prevent throttling then you’ll need to delid.

    In this segment Dennis goes over the process of delidding while describing the new RockitCool Rockit 99 delidding tool designed specifically for the Intel X-Series processors including the Intel Core i7 7740X and Core i9 7900X.

    The new tool is very similar to the Rockit 88 with a slightly improved design to address some issues they noticed.  The end result is a tool designed to safely remove and reassemble the HEDT X-Series processors designed for the Intel X299 platform.   

    Related Links
    How to Properly Delid a Core i7 7700k
    ROCKIT 99 - LGA 2066 Delid & Relid kit
    Rockit Cool Rockit 88 Processor Delidding Tool
    Hardware Asylum Podcast Episode 72: Kaby Lake Under the Knife and Computer Hardware Needs to Settle Down

    Addressing Watercooling Deficiencies
    We have all seen watercooling builds.  Some are done as show pieces while others are 100% functional and of them there are usually issues that people fail to address.  When Dennis set out to build the View X31 casemod there were two major modifications.  The first was the custom Pearl White paint job and the other was to address cooling.  The front bezel on the View 31 didn’t breathe very well so he swapped on the front panel from the Core X31 and called it good.  This is also the premise behind the View X31 name.

    The View X31 mod was assembled rather quickly so we could take it to the Boise LAN 6.0 and as a result helped to expose some of the cooling deficiencies and in this segment the duo talk about what went wrong and how they decided to fix it.

    Related Links
    Thermaltake View X31 Modding Project
    EK-Supremacy EVO X99 - Nickel
    Riing 14 LED RGB 256 Colors High Static Pressure LED Radiator Fan
    BARROW 2017 Water Flow METER Indicator

    Episode 82 featured music:
    Little People - Start Shootin' (http://www.littlepeoplemusic.com/)