De-lidding itself took only seconds, and couldn’t be simpler to do.
Cleaning up the CPU and removing that awful black silicon glue that Intel uses took about 25 minutes.
It took a further 15 minutes to apply the liquid metal, and glue the heat spreader back on.
So about 40 minutes to do the job.
I left the glue to cure overnight and refitted the CPU this morning.
Below are the results.
Asus RealBench stress was run for an hour before I de-lidded, then ran the same test for an hour after completing the de-lidding.
Max temp was 75c before the de-lid, and after the de-lid it was 61c.
That’s a drop of 14c, so I’m well pleased with the result.