Ryzen 7000 fried due to a thick cover scalping

Ryzen 7000 fried due to a thick cover – scalping lowered the temperature by 20 degrees

Tests of the Ryzen 7000 processors showed that these are very productive, but at the same time very hot chips. For example, the flagship Ryzen 9 7950X with 16 cores warmed up to 94-95 degrees Celsius in tests, and up to 76 degrees Celsius in games. At peak load, however, the processor can consume up to 247 watts of power. However, it is possible to lower the operating temperature of new AMD processors using a very risky scalping process (removing the metal cover).

    Image source: Der8auer

Image source: Der8auer

German enthusiast Roman Hartung, known by the alias Der8auer, decided to check how much the temperature situation would improve if the thermal distribution cover was removed from the Ryzen 9 7900X. The method turned out to be effective, but dangerous. The processor was successfully scalped and installed in socket AM5 with a special frame instead of the standard mounting mechanism, which made it possible to use a conventional liquid cooling system with a “bare” CPU. A model with a 360 mm radiator was used.

One enthusiast fixed the frequency of all cores of the Ryzen 9 7900X to 5.4 GHz. Under load, the CPU temperature is just over 70 degrees Celsius, with the cover on the temperature reaches 90 degrees. This difference is due to the large thickness of the cover. An additional benefit of scalping was a reduction in the chip’s power consumption of about 15 watts due to its lower temperatures. Thanks to this, the enthusiast was able to overclock the processor by another 100 MHz across all cores, reaching a frequency of 5.5 GHz.

To remove the cover from the processor, Der8auer used a prototype special shear peeling tool. Later, the production model of this tool should appear on sale. It should be noted that this method of lowering the temperature will not work for most users. First, it’s risky. There is a possibility of damaging the processor, which Hartung demonstrated at the end of the video. Second, it will strip processor owners of the manufacturer’s warranty.

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