Rockit Cool Rockit 88 Delid and Relid Tool

Every since Intel decided to start once again using a thermal interface material in its enthusiast CPUs, we have been looking for better ways to remove the Integrated Heat Spreader (IHS). Rockit Cool has what we consider to be the best tool we have used yet. If safety and ease are priority, this is it.

Rockit Cool Rockit 88 Delid and Relid Tool

We have delidded a lot of Intel CPUs here over the years, but in 2017, delidding started to truly pick up steam in the enthusiast community. The thing with delidding CPUs however is that it can be very detrimental when done with razor blades as was very popular at the beginning of the trend. After that it came en vogue to use a vice to slide off your CPU's IHS. That too had the chance of ending very badly. We even went as far as to show you how it was possible to delid with a hammer and 3D printed delid tool, and used that same tool with the vice method. Even using tools, like the delid die-mate can be a harrowing experience.

We have had a lot of delid tools come through our hands over the last couple of years, but I think we have finally found our favorite. The Rockit 88 is the cream of the crop when it comes to delidding and relidding. The tool costs $40 at Rockit Cool's shop.

The Rockit 88 allows for extremely easy delidding of Intel LGA 1150 and 1151 CPUs, which most delid tools do. The Rockit 88 however has an excellent tool set for relidding as well. The Rockit 88 does not have some of the handling issues that other tools do in that you don't need an extra hand to keep things in place as you manipulate the tool around while trying to get your setup prepped.

We show you the whole process of using the Rockit 88 below both through the delidding procedure and the relidding procedure.

Worth mentioning is that many folks will suggest you use super glue for the relid process, and while some have success with that, you need to be careful as some brands of super glue are corrosive and can eat through the CPU substrate. I suggest using Red RTV. It is non-corrosive, is easily cleaned up and removed, and allows for easy delidding again should you wish. It also creates a very good bond with the substrate as well and keeps the substrate from bending as much while under pressure in the socket. This in turn allows for smaller Z height changes keeping your CPU die closer to the IHS. Your mileage may vary.

The Bottom Line

The Rockit 88 is well worth its $40 asking price as it gives you an excellently finished and designed piece of equipment. It is easier to use through both the delid and relid processes than other tools we have been exposed to. While we find value in the Rockit 88, $40 may be tough to swallow, but there is assuredly a resale market for these tools as these are built extremely well and hard to tear up, meaning the Rockit 88 can be used over and over again. Quite frankly it is probably "over-built" for its purpose.

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