One thing to remember when removing a CPU from the heat sink is to be careful to do it in such a manner it doesn't drop and bend any pins and that if you grip it that you be very careful of the pins.
No pins on the CPU from Intel since socket 775. Big improvement. Of course now the pins are in the motherboard socket.
No heat may sound brutal, however I never damaged one that way yet. I do use a light pressure working my way around. And I don't have a hair dryer and the heat gun would most likely melt the plastic of the fan.
Artrooks, ... I've inadvertantly pulled a few CPUs out of the socket with the latch still closed ...
AustrAlien said. I did that once: Then I learned how to go about it properly.
Are you saying that before pulling the heat sink from the motherboard you heat each heatsink before removing the heat sink or do you mean you try and twist the heat sink to break the attachment first or ??
Edited by rotor123, 02 August 2012 - 10:28 AM.