Delidding a Xeon X5690 with only a Vice (video)

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  1. SolidCake macrumors member

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    Hey guys,

    I made a video about delidding a Xeon X5690 using only a vice! The results where perfect! After cleaning up and successfully testing the first one I went on to the second. Both turned out great and my Mac Pro 4,1 is quite and blazingly fast.



    The reason why I chose this method is that I did not want to tamper with the Mac itself. I did not like the idea of blades coming near the capacitors and applying heat to the chip so I opted for this method. Not to mention I found this method rather cost-effective.

    I hope this video helps you guys out with upgrading your Mac Pro 4,1!
     
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    Maybe to show that it wasn't a typo the first time - she can't spell "vise"? ;)
     
  4. flowrider macrumors 601

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  5. richgoga macrumors regular

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    Depends on if you use proper English or "American". Personally, I prefer proper English. Vise is an Americanism, like "Aluminum", which isn't actually a word.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vise

    Treat this spelling/grammar police lesson as an elongated version of my favourite saying... "Don't be a dick to people"
     
  6. box185 macrumors member

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    Gives me motivation to make a video as well . . .
     
  7. flowrider macrumors 601

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    Who brought Aluminum into this?
    [​IMG]

    Lou
     
  8. AidenShaw macrumors P6

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    Didn't you catch that the winking smiley was a clue that the post was a joke? Read your saying out loud.
     
  9. SolidCake thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't live in the US so I chose to go with "the rest of the world" spelling for the clamping tool ;)

    Thanks! Would love to see the video!
     
  10. richgoga macrumors regular

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    Nope... Because it's not funny.
     
  11. AidenShaw macrumors P6

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    The "rest of the world" uses terms like "tornillo de banco" or "étau" or ...
    Why not?
     
  12. dmylrea macrumors 68020

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    that's a pretty cool video. Sure beats heating the hell out of the solder to loosen the heatsink then have all that solder to clean up off the die.
     
  13. frou macrumors regular

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    Nice. I would be inclined to acquire some super-cheap crappy CPU to do a practice run with first.
     
  14. golip macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I'd be petrified of breaking the cou , you have to be very precise , I'm amazed the plastic takes such force without cracking
     
  15. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    I am amazed that the PCB held up and it was the solder that broke. This adjusts my apparently incorrect perception of how strong solder is.

    Now that I've seen it work, twice, it does seem better than the razor method. The razor method seems way too risky and has definitely damaged many processors--so many that there's actually an Ebay repair service for replacing the damaged components for shaved processors.
     
  16. theunderseaclub macrumors newbie

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    Great vid, that seems less risky to me than heating up the head spreader with a torch/heat gun, then putting razer blades under the lid to pop it off. When I finally get ahold of a dual cpu tray for my single CPU 4.1, I'll probably use the vise method (with cheap cpus for practice of course).
     
  17. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Any other success or failure stories from using the vice method? I have two x5690's on the way and I'm waffling on whether I will delid them or not. Right now the vice method is at the top of my list though.
     
  18. DPUser macrumors 6502a

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    Unlike alternative facts, alternative spelling is, on occasion, acceptable. :)
     
  19. natjonesart macrumors newbie

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    Just delidded two 5675 last night using this video as my guide. Took my time and everything went well. I am typing to you on my 2009 cMP with those same X5675's installed right now :)
     
  20. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Thanks, I've decided that I will try this method. I have two x5690s coming next week to delid. I have a spare w3630 to do a practice delidding with.
     
  21. fhturner macrumors regular

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    Worked for me x 5. I tested 2.66GHz quad chip first, which worked. Then delidded my 2010's pair of 2.66GHz 6-cores to move to an 8-core 2.26. Then delidded a pair of 3.46 hex-cores to go into a 2009 machine build-up for a client. All chips worked fine. Just be very methodical and careful. The 2010 machine of mine also got 3.46s, but they obviously didn't need to be delidded.
     
  22. SolidCake thread starter macrumors member

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    All I can say is that I have experienced zero issues so far. Please let us know what method you decided on and how it went!
     
  23. ActionableMango, Feb 6, 2017
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    ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    I did a practice run with an old w3630 from my 2010 MP (worth about $5 on Ebay). I have to say that it came off quite easily. In the video it appears that you had to use a heck of a lot of pressure but in my case it took hardly any and it popped right off.

    What do you do about the solder remaining on the CPU? Nobody seems to talk about this. I happened to have a razor window scraper that was perfect for the job and left a very smooth surface, but I wonder what others have tried.
     
  24. rueyloon macrumors regular

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    I scrapped it off with a cut up credit card. But I protected the rest of the processor with tape first because I don't want to slip and pop a resistor off. I just scrape until I reach the hard metal surface.
     
  25. natjonesart macrumors newbie

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    I used a standard single-edged razor blade. I worked slowly and was very careful, paying special attention to not damage the capacitors. A clean work area and light are a good idea, I used a magnifying lamp.
     

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