2 Replies Latest reply on Feb 10, 2020 5:40 AM by Christopher Stanton

    What's the best way to remove a heatsink from your hardware?

    Christopher Stanton

      This is a topic that has been tried and tested since the beginning of the Pentium era in personal computing when heatsinks and fans become the mainstay for cooling your processor and enabling the ability to overclock.

       

      For a lot of people, this is new ground when it comes to the Raspberry Pi, as this Reddit user found out:

       

      Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/techsupportgore/comments/f1d3mf/my_rpi_case_ripped_off_the_ram_chip/

       

      I've personally found that a light, twisting motion helps to remove heatsinks, or ensuring it is a little warm before attempting removal.

       

      Of course one of the more obvious is, don't accidentally use thermal adhesive

       

      Have you had similar difficulties? Or has it been a walk in the park for you?

        • Re: What's the best way to remove a heatsink from your hardware?
          lui_gough

          I've not had much difficulty myself because I tend not to use adhesive ... normally a light twist and levering action from one side allows it to separate nicely. Never use more force than necessary ...

           

          Where it is adhesive epoxied and taped, I try to get a thin knife wedged between the chip's package and the heatsink so that the force is "wedging" the heatsink away from the package rather than applying force to the whole package.

           

          I have had one case where it was well and truly stuck - so I gave it a firm tug as it was a socketed chip and it came out with all pins straight ... then I could wedge a knife inbetween to separate the heatsink from the CPU. That's where overly firm twisting might get you undone ...

           

          - Gough

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