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“CPU lapping”. What is it and is it as good as they say?
*NOTE!* CPU lapping INSTANTLY VOIDS your warranty, so do this at your own risk.
First of all, what is “CPU lapping”? CPU lapping is a process which many overclocker’s and gamers alike use. The aim is to get your CPU and your cooler perfectly flat so that it creates a vacuum between the two surfaces. Not many people know about this process, so I am going to do a demonstration to show you how easy it is to “lap” your CPU and get lower temperatures.
As you know, air is an insulator so you won’t be getting the best possible thermal conduction from your cooler. The other bonus from doing this is that you get closer to the CPU core. The CPU is covered in nickel plating. There is a copper heat spreader underneath that which is where you’re aiming to get too.
All CPUs are raised up in different places, some will be more towards the middle where the cores are and some will be more towards the edges which means you’re not getting your entire CPU touching the heat sink giving poorer performance. I will show you what I mean with my CPU during the process.
• A LOT of time to get a perfect finish
• A CPU/heat sink lapping kit.
I forgot to take a picture of what my CPU looks like, but it is the same as any other Intel LGA775 package, so here is it before I begun to take the layers off:
The first run, as you can see this has taken off a bit of the nickel and now it is starting to reveal where the CPU has been built up in layers compared to the rest of it:
After 400 grit you can see that a lot of the copper has come through and it was built up around the core, as the core is still covered in nickel. This shows that the core was getting the worst cooling which is where it is really needed:
After 800 grit, you can see that the dot has become a lot smaller and it has become flatter because it is reflecting light a lot more which is a good sign:
After 1000 grit, the dot has completely been removed and it is 100% perfectly flat, and once all the scratches are out of the CPU heat spreader it is just like a mirror:
Akasa TIM remover reflected on the CPU.
The bottom end of my AC Freezer 7 Pro reflected in the CPU.
As you can see, this has had a dramatic effect on the temperatures of the CPU. I did lap both the CPU and the cooler, though I didn’t take pictures of the way that the cooler had developed because it is identical to the CPU, go slow and take your time is the only advice I can give to someone who is looking to do this.
• Effectively cools your CPU.
• Easy to do.
• Cheap to buy the kit.
• Good results.
• Results can vary from CPU to CPU.
• Time consuming.
• VOIDS your warranty instantly.
Thank you for reading, I will update some time soon with a guide on how to do it as well!