Rockit 88 CPU Delid Tool on Kickstarter – 2 Days Left to Pledge

Rockit 88 is a small start up that have developed a tool specifically designed make it easy to delid a modern Intel CPU, a notoriously difficult thing to do, especially for less experienced overclockers. The Kickstarter page allows you to pledge anything from 1$ to $35. By backing the company to the tune of 35$ you will receive a complete kit which includes a precision machined de-lid tool.

The art of deliding a CPU is one with a great heritage in extreme overclocking. It basically involves removing the protective lid of a CPU (Integrated Heat Spreader or IHS as it is known) and replacing the thermal compound found between the CPU die and the IHS. It’s possible to reduce the gap by replacing the thick layer of factory-applied thermal compound with a thinner layer of higher quality compound or TIM. The result is slightly lower load temperatures.

Actually getting the lid off the CPU itself can be quite a challenge however, which is where the Rockit 88 delid tool comes into play. Once you mount the CPU within the tool, the leverage available from the side-mounted screws should make it possible to just pop the lid off with minimum fuss or effort.

While it’s certainly not the only delid tool out there, the Rockit 88 tool means that you have more options than ever when delidding your Intel CPUs. If you want to make a pledge, you currently have just over two days left to do so.

Check out the Rockit 88 tool project on Kickstarter.


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Taiwan sdougal says:

A useful bit of kit?

Germany der8auer says:

"developed tool" "more options than ever when delidding your Intel CPUs" lol. You can't even glue the CPU back with the tool.

United States Splave says:

in for 2

South Africa DrWeez says:

Thanks but Pass, I prefer German engineering when working with my $500 chips

Canada WhiteWulfe says:

der8auer said: "developed tool"

"more options than ever when delidding your Intel CPUs"

lol. You can't even glue the CPU back with the tool.


You might want to check the stretch goals then, because a gluing tool is indeed included for the $35 USD plus shipping since they reached their first stretch goal.

Edit: they called it a relidding tool.

United States sunset1 says:

because people like me broke theirs ;>

GENiEBEN says:

saturn74 said: How is this better then say a mini jewelers vice with rubber jaws that can be used on any cpu?.
'been saying this, but there appears to be an alarming level of people with potato hands, so it's an option for them to consider.

Indonesia Lucky_n00b says:

saturn74 said: How is this better then say a mini jewelers vice with rubber jaws that can be used on any cpu?
I can see it being very useful for those that can't work with their hands and whatnot.
But why buy a tool like this when all you need is 2$ razor blade and time/patient?
I'll stick with using RC fuel or alcohol and a razor, much cheaper and can be used on any cpu.


Because some people (me included :p) sometimes unlucky with razor and cut some traces on the CPU. Out of 5 skylake 6700K I delidded using razor, I scratched pcb traces 2 times, one is still working without problem, but the other lost PCIe lane (only 8x).

You don't want that to happen on your 300 USD CPU, or worse, your pre-binned 600-700 USD 6.4Ghz++ skylake. This is why I bought Roman's delid die mate tool, it's just safer option, and I will be delidding a lot of CPU anyway if I had the chance :p

United States Schmuckley says:

How much is Roman's delid tool?
I think it's a pretty ingenious idea..and he blueprinted it out and made it.
It's not fun ruining a chip that works pretty good.

Belgium leeghoofd says:

der8auer said: "developed tool"

"more options than ever when delidding your Intel CPUs"

lol. You can't even glue the CPU back with the tool.


Just temporarily add a small tube of Grizzly to rule out any competition :D

United States rtsurfer says:

saturn74 said: How is this better then say a mini jewelers vice with rubber jaws that can be used on any cpu?
I can see it being very useful for those that can't work with their hands and whatnot.
But why buy a tool like this when all you need is 2$ razor blade and time/patient?
I'll stick with using RC fuel or alcohol and a razor, much cheaper and can be used on any cpu.


GENiEBEN said: 'been saying this, but there appears to be an alarming level of people with potato hands, so it's an option for them to consider.


Either of you fine Gentlemen delid a Skylake i3..? Do it & then get back to me. ;)

United States MR. Horse says:

Lucky_n00b said: Because some people (me included :p) sometimes unlucky with razor and cut some traces on the CPU. Out of 5 skylake 6700K I delidded using razor, I scratched pcb traces 2 times, one is still working without problem, but the other lost PCIe lane (only 8x).

You don't want that to happen on your 300 USD CPU, or worse, your pre-binned 600-700 USD 6.4Ghz++ skylake. This is why I bought Roman's delid die mate tool, it's just safer option, and I will be delidding a lot of CPU anyway if I had the chance :p


It helps a lot if you weaken the ihs glue/rubber. This can be done with 90%+ alcohol or my favorite, RC fuel witch is mostly nitromethane and oil. You can also use sewing needles to poke holes in the rubber gasket. Or use the oven trick.
You may kill a few CPUs you first few try's, but you can get old p3 and p4s for cheap if not free to practice on.

Edit
Also to anyone that thinks removing the ihs of a skylake cpu is hard, go get a old c2q. They're soldered on and have 2 die's.


I'm not saying this tool is a waste or anything, but it's far to limited and will only be bought by those that can't work with their hands. If it could be used on any cpu it would sell like hot cakes, I may even buy one then.

Poland phobosq says:

rtsurfer said: Either of you fine Gentlemen delid a Skylake i3..? Do it & then get back to me. ;)


I did it (successfully, although the chip turned out to be total potato) and I'm never going to willingly go through it again, most stressful 2 hours I've ever spent with a razor in my hand. :) due to that, I'd rather use the tool to delid it.

United States MR. Horse says:

Did you use only a razor? It helps if heat the ihs up abit or poke the rubber/glue gasket with a sewing needle or use alcohol, goof off or something else to weaken it.

United States rtsurfer says:

phobosq said: I did it (successfully, although the chip turned out to be total potato) and I'm never going to willingly go through it again, most stressful 2 hours I've ever spent with a razor in my hand. :) due to that, I'd rather use the tool to delid it.


Finally someone with relevant experience.

I delided 2 6700Ks with Razor method, they survived with minor scratches.
I was extra careful with my 6320 (golden chip), but one of the two protuded edges (ones on the left & right sides) was stuck so close I couldn't get the blade under it. Finally managed to do it, glue still stuck to the IHS & small part of PCB along with it.

Not a single scratch on the rest of the PCB, but that little cut killed the chip.
So yeah, stick to convenient & faster stuff. While others waste their time using archaic methods. ;)

United States Strong Island says:

ya I didnt have much trouble with my 6700k's, but I had a lot of trouble with the i3's. My i3 is a mess and I cant even believe it still works, pretty deep scratches under each wing, the wings are so tight that a razor doesnt even fit underneath and I use the thinnest possible, there like paper thin.

Then I reglued it and re-delidded it and was careless because it was easy the second time and I pushed the razor too far and took off a corner of the die. And it still works great.

it's amazing that the slightest flex of the cpu can kill it but the above doesnt.

So I would never buy a tool like this for the normal i7's but would really consider it if I had to bin a lot of i3's.

United States l0ud_sil3nc3 says:

Junk can't believe anyone would buy this. 10 pack of razor blades is a few dollars and lasts for a long time.

United States sunset1 says:

Talk is cheap ill be the happy one with the working processor. Maybe you will or maybe you wont. I have time on myside. besides big hands big feet happy wife. :> MOAR POPCORN

United States Schmuckley says:

rtsurfer said: Either of you fine Gentlemen delid a Skylake i3..? Do it & then get back to me. ;)



Germany der8auer says:

wtf? how did that happen?

United States MR. Horse says:

ouch. You guys need to weaken that glue befor taking a blade to it.

United States xxbassplayerxx says:

Roman, his usual explanation is that the core was fucked from the beginning. Didn't even hit the die when taking it off. It literally shattered as he pulled the lid up. Skyfail at work!

United States MR. Horse says:

wow, that's crazy. How does the die not crack when you put the heatsink on without the ihs?

United States Schmuckley says:

der8auer said: wtf? how did that happen?


Went to wipe TIM off of die.It seems there was air underneath die.

Germany Syntax! says:

Yeah this is what i ever wanted for this price... Nice!

Chile Samsarulz says:

Just bought DDM from OCUK and since then have Delidded almost 10 CPUs (most were Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge Celerons) and relid one 4790K@Lays that went to RMA and passed (replacement already sold) :). I believe that DDM is more expensive but for some users like me it has already paid more that what it costs.

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