XFastest claims to have snapped up the first ever photo of the Intel Core i9-9900K - with its top off no less. This was to highlight and confirm the rumors that say Intel is going with a soldered integrated heat spreader (IHS) to support greater overclocking capabilities.
For the last few generations of chips, Intel has gone with a Thermal Interface Material (TIM – aka thermal paste) to transfer heat between the processor dies and the IHS. In theory, this purported gold-plated solder will replace the TIM and be a much more efficient heat transfer medium.
Intel’s use of thermal paste has been a sore spot of enthusiasts and overclockers leading many to ‘delid’ their processors in an attempt to replace the TIM with a more efficient solution. It’s been an even bigger point of criticism lately as AMD went with a soldered IHS on all of its Ryzen 2nd Generation processors.
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