Aqua Computer Releases Protective Spacer For Intel Skylake CPUs
When overclocking a processor, stable and low temperature are extremely important. Users who are into overclocking or just want their PC to run at low temperatures at normal use have been removing the heat spreader from their Intel Skylake CPUs. While it does provide better cooling performance, it has a side effect that the CPU installation is no longer secure and the processor ends up being a bit loose in its socket.
For this very reason, Aqua Computer has a developed a protective spacer that allows the removal of original heat spreader while ensuring that the processor mounting remains secure for best performance from all Skylake processors. Given the fact that the spacer only costs €6.99 it should pretty much be a must buy for all users who are looking to remove their CPUs heat spreader.
Those who think they can do without the spacer while having removed the heat spreader should reconsider their stance as the brittle silicon die is no longer protected against the mounting of the CPU cooler which can result in the edges of the die being easily broken, especially when transporting the system. Without the spacer, users can run into various heat dissipation issues as well.
Making the heat situation even worse, directly beneath the die, there is a pocket in the processor socket. As there is no direct contact from heat spreader to dissipate the force to the socket any clamping force will result in a deflection of the CPU package and damages can occur.