Skylake twister

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Skylake twister by Aqua_Computer Dec 21, 2015


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How to remove the heat spreader from the Skylake CPU?

There are many removal tutorials you can find in the web. Aqua Computer has developed a solution that is now provided for free private use: The Skylake twister.

This tool can be printed with many FDM-3D printers at home from the supplied STL files. The Skylake CPU will be inserted in the pocket of the bottom part and after that the Skylake twister will be plugged together.

To remove the heat spreader you need to turn the top part in the direction of the arrow. After 15 degrees it will stop and this is the point where the heat spreader gets in contact. Both parts of the Skylake twister are now securely locked against each other.

At the sides of the tool are two holes. At this point you need two strong screwdrivers to insert into these two holes. Resume twisting using the screwdrivers until you hear a loud cracking sound. Your heat spreader is now removed from the CPU. Both parts are secured in the pockets during the complete process.

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was easy to use and delidded the cpu flawlessly! (i5 6600K)

printed with wanhao duplicator i3 PLA

has anyone actually used this, I want to confirm it will work before trying it with my 6700k

Yes. It didn't work for me. The legs aren't strong enough. I'd look for other solutions.

Is it possible to re-apply the lid with this tool, after i changed the thermal compound?

Wonder if this will work on a I7 4770K

Thank you for this great tool! I have 2 questions though:

  1. Do you think this will be compatible with newest Kaby Lake chips? (7700k & 7600k)
  2. Do you have any specific 3d printing instructions?


Skylake and Kaby Lake are identical in size and pin count. So yes, this will work with Kaby Lake.
I would say print with at least 3 perimeters and at least 30% infill. You would want this to be pretty strong.

I'm not the author of this file, just giving my two cents :D

Is this compatible with Ivy Bridge procesors?

Das Ding sieht eigentlich so aus als könnte es auch für IvyBridge passen. Hat das schon jemand getestet ? Es scheint ja keine Einkerbungen für diese Flanken am Heatspreader zu haben. Kann das jemand bestätigen ?

Moin Aquacomputer,

Sieht ja richtig interessant aus. Jetzt ist Skylake ja noch relativ neu, klar passt das gut zu eurem Kunden-Kreis, aber tendenziell müsste es doch mit minimalen Änderungen auf Haswell anzupassen sein, oder? Fände ich richtig cool wenn ihr das mal machen könntet

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