Hardware Asylum Podcast 82: RockitCool 99 Delidding and Watercooling Upgrades

The latest podcast from Hardware Asylum is now available. Episode 82 sees Dennis and Darren examine the Rockitcool 99 Deliding tool while also tackling the topic of Watercooling Upgrades. Here are the 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.

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.

Catch episode 82 of the Hardware Asylum podcast here.


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