Intel 12900K Delid and Direct Die Cooling with EKWB – Replace!

Since our first EKWB direct die cooling video was printed a number of months in the past, EK and ourselves have been inundated with feedback asking – the place is a component 2?! Effectively, at the moment is the day that we get an opportunity to check out what EK has been brewing up, with three new Intel Alder Lake 12th Gen Delid/Direct Die cooling kits. As we speak we take an unique have a look at the early prototype samples.

Watch the video through Vimeo (under) or over on YouTube at 2160p HERE

A number of months in the past we began a venture geared toward delidding and direct die cooling the Intel Core i9-12900K CPU. Initially, this was deliberate to be a DIY try at direct die cooling, nevertheless, when EK Water Blocks heard about our plans they had been fast to supply an expert serving to hand. EK requested if we want them to design a customized block that will make direct die cooling the 12900K simpler, naturally, we welcomed their assist.

KitGuru teamed up with EK to analyze the potential advantages of direct die cooling for Intel’s Alder Lake CPU’s, as a way to obtain the absolute best thermal efficiency each day. After publishing the primary video saying this collaboration EK was overwhelmed by the response of KitGuru’s viewers. With the intention to deliver these merchandise to market EK reached out to der8auer, a famend skilled in delidding and direct die purposes. Collectively we at the moment are testing and validating specialised water blocks, die guards and delidding instruments to ship a protected, dependable and funky package deal to fans like us.

Within the first video, we measured the thermal efficiency of the 12900K in its inventory type with the unique IHS utilizing a regular EK Velocity² water block. House owners of the 12900K will know that it’s not the best CPU to maintain cool, even with customized water cooling the CPU will attain temperatures of as much as 90°C and past, particularly if the CPU is being overclocked. Our goal is to considerably enhance the thermal efficiency by utilizing a direct die cooling resolution.

Additionally within the first video we confirmed learn how to delid the CPU (take away the inventory IHS) utilizing a available delid software from RockitCool, as on the time of publishing, EKWB didn’t have a delid software out there. As a result of big quantity of curiosity from viewers of the primary video, EKWB is now planning on launching a number of new merchandise which we take an unique have a look at on this video.

New EK Merchandise:

EK-Quantum Velocity² ILM Alternative – 1700 Improve Equipment – Anticipated to resolve most mounting inconsistencies with out voiding guarantee. Much like latest Thermal Grizzly and Thermalrights merchandise that includes machined plate that replaces the inventory ILM with the addition of a backplate that replaces the inventory resolution to strengthen the motherboard. Suitable with all present LGA 1700 Velocity² and Momentum² elements.

EK-Quantum Velocity² Direct Die – 1700 Improve Equipment – Utilising the identical backplate because the ILM alternative package and provided with a customized die guard and coldplate that converts present LGA 1700 Velocity² water blocks to direct die, together with Velocity² Lignum, Velocity² DDC (coming quickly) and any Momentum² Z690. Equipped with conductonaut TIM and a pre-cut low adhesive plastic that matches completely across the die masking the PCB as much as the within fringe of the die guard.

EK-Quantum Velocity² Direct Die D-RGB – 1700 Nickel + Plexi – A Velocity² water block that comes with Direct Die Improve package pre-installed making it the most cost effective solution to begin from scratch.

EK-Quantum Delidding Instrument – 1700 – A protected and efficient delidding software for Intel Alder lake LGA 1700 CPUs. Nonetheless beneath improvement – additional particulars coming quickly.

You’ll be able to see within the video that we got here throughout a difficulty with the primary prototype pattern, throughout set up the water block chilly plate would foul on the CPU guard body earlier than sufficient mounting strain was utilized to the CPU die, which meant the system wouldn’t POST. EKWB is planning a revision of the water block to fight this challenge however for now, grinding down the floor of the CPU guard was a short lived decision to the issue.

By eradicating materials from the floor of the CPU guard we had been in a position to get the system to POST however had been nonetheless unable to load our earlier BIOS profile with XMP enabled, so there’s nonetheless a possible challenge with CPU mounting strain. Nonetheless, by utilizing Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut liquid steel TIM we noticed a big discount in CPU thermals.

We’ll await the supply of the revised CPU water blocks from EK earlier than publishing any official efficiency outcomes however we are able to already see the potential profit direct die cooling can have on the 12900K and hope that not solely does the revised water block present an general decrease CPU load temperature, but additionally produces a extra constant temperature throughout all cores.

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KitGuru says: The prototype model of EK’s direct die package offers us an early concept of what potential is on the market to be unlocked from Intel Alder Lake CPUs, we simply want to attend a number of extra weeks for the revised variations to see precisely what efficiency enchancment is achievable.

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