Who to find out if an Intel CPU is soldered?

DesiPower

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Is there any way to find out if an Intel CPU is soldered or just using thermal paste? I could not find anywhere in ark or any other sources. Googling it does yield useful results but not always. I generally use siliconlottery, assuming that if the CPU is not listed then its not soldered. Are are any official sources?
 

DesiPower

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Right now I am not looking for any in particular. Just wondering, who do people find such info? Just inside information, enthusiast experimenting, word of mouth etc?
 
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scannall

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Right now I am not looking for any in particular. Just wondering, who do people find such info? Just inside information, enthusiast experimenting, word of mouth etc?
It will be splattered all over every tech forum within an hour of release. No secret searching needed. ;-)
 

Ken g6

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I think generally somebody tries delidding. Either it works, meaning it's not soldered, or the chip is pulled off the PCB.
 

kjboughton

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Do this.

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PliotronX

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If there have not been ample reports of the precise model, look for postings about chips in the same line. That is the method I usually use but say newegg shipped your preorder earlier than even reviewers had a sample. In this situation, I would treat it as soldered as you really don't know whats under the lid. When you set up razors and suspend by a couple of bricks like I did with my Q6600, naturally the weight should pop it apart if its garden variety TIM:

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If it does not, hit it with a butane torch, I got a handy pocket size one from Amazon for like 15 bucks. Go right for the center and it only takes a few seconds. Give it a rest in between bouts so the silicon isnt damaged and you should see some delicious transistor beauty.

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Kenmitch

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If siliconelottery has delid service for the chip you decide on it's not as soldered.