9700K Liquid Metal WithOut Delid??

Discussion in 'Overclocking & Cooling' started by RedJamaX, May 7, 2019.

  1. RedJamaX

    RedJamaX n00b

    May 14, 2015
    Has anybody tried this yet? It seems that most people using Liquid Metal are always going through the delid process... at least, that's all I can find with any results posted online.

    With the 9700K, Intel has returned to a soldered IHS.... I and I've seen several reviews that show how Liquid Metal between the Die and the IHS is better than the solder. BUT, I can't seem to find anything where Liquid Metal is being used just between the IHS and the Heat Sink, without delidding.

    I am aware of the staining / pitting issues some people have experienced... and I am also aware that the nickel plated copper heatsinks appear to fair much better in that regard as compared to polished copper. As it turns out, I will be pairing the 9700K with the Silverstone NT06-Pro, which is nickel plated. I am sure that "quality" / "purity" of the heatsink is likely also a factor, but I would assume that Silverstone is making a quality product.

    Back to my original question... does anybody have a link to test results for using Liquid Metal on a 9000 series Intel without delidding?

  2. kirbyrj

    kirbyrj [H]ard as it Gets

    Feb 1, 2005
    I don't have recent results, but the general consensus was pretty much it doesn't net you much except maybe 1-2C in the best conditions and you have all the extra headaches with conductivity and pitting, etc.


    I personally wouldn't use it again. I had some on my 3770k and all it did was make a mess of my HSF.