Haswell-E - Indigo Xtreme

Haswell-E - Indigo Xtreme
Indigo Xtreme™ Installation Guide for Haswell-E™ Processors
This product is intended for installation only by expert users. Please consult with a qualified technician for installation. Improper installation may result in damage to your equipment. Enerdyne Solutions assumes no liability whatsoever, expressed or implied, for the use of
these products, nor their installation. The following instructions are subject to change without notice. Please visit our web site at www.indigo-xtreme.com for updates.
STEP 1: QUICK OVERVIEW:
STEP 1.1: Indigo Xtreme:
Engineered Thermal Interface for Haswell-E CPUs
(Socket 2011-3)
STEP 1.2: Compatibility List:
Supported Hardware:
Supported CPUs: Intel Haswell-E Core™ i7 processors
Indigo Xtreme™ is an Engineered Thermal Interface (ETI) that
fits neatly between a CPU lid and water block or heat sink to
keep CPUs cooler. Unlike greases, metallic thermal interface
pads or liquid metal alloys, Indigo Xtreme is a self-contained
and sealed structure, deploying a Phase Change Metallic Alloy
(PCMA) which reflows and fills surface defects on the CPU lid
and water block/cooler. The resultant interfacial layer is voidfree and robust, with low thermal contact and bulk resistance.
Supported Water block/Cooler Types:
In general, water blocks/coolers that contact entire surface of CPU lid are compatible with Indigo Xtreme.
Unsupported Cooler Types:
Note: The Haswell-E CPU lid is significantly larger than all other Intel CPU lids.
Cooler surfaces that do not contact entire CPU lid surface, contain heat pipe channels on the mounting
base, or sealed coolers with exposed bolts contacting the CPU lid are incompatible with Indigo Xtreme.
Prior to installation,
see the Cooler
Compatibility
Application Note
found on the
Documentation
page at:
indigo-xtreme.com.
Important: Unlike most thermal interface products, the Indigo Xtreme form-factor is
optimized for each application.
Attempting to use Indigo Xtreme with CPUs or heat sinks other than those specified
may result in degraded performance or interfacial failure (See: Supported Hardware).
STEP 1.3: ETI Kit Contents:
The Indigo Xtreme ETI is offered as part of an Engineered Thermal Interface Kit. This kit
includes several cleanroom-grade surface cleaning products for (2) complete installations.
STEP 2: INSTALLATION PROCEDURE:
STEP 2.1: Pre-Installation Notes:
Read entire instructions before beginning installation. Computer operating system and
temperature monitoring utilities (such as SpeedFan™ and Prime95™) must be installed prior
to use; clock frequency and voltage must be set back to default. Do Not Disable the Thermal
Control feature that protects your CPU from overheating.
The ETI kit includes:
Indigo Xtreme ETIs (2 installations)
Cleanroom-grade dry wiper cloths
Cotton cleaning swabs
Indigo Xtreme Clean™ (sample size)
Pair of powder-free nitrile gloves
Detailed Installation Guide
See the applicable Application Note (on the Indigo Xtreme website) with installation tips and
recommendations for your specific water block or cooler. Contact Enerdyne Support if you
have any questions.
Check the condition of the ETI kit before installation.
STEP 2.2: Thermal Interface Compound (grease/paste) Removal:
Using a supplied dry wiper cloth, apply pressure to thoroughly remove any existing interface
grease from the CPU lid and water block/cooler. Clean with fresh areas of the wiper cloth until no
visible grease residue is detected on the wiper.
STEP 2.3: Put on Gloves:
Prior to the final degreasing step, the supplied powder-free nitrile gloves should be worn to prevent any
finger oils or contaminants from contacting the CPU lid, water block/cooler, and ETI surfaces and to
prevent skin contact with Indigo Xtreme Clean™.
If removing metal pad or liquid metal TIM residue, refer to manufacturer’s specific
cleaning methods.
Stray grease compound can be mitigated as gloves are applied immediately following the
Thermal Interface Compound Removal step.
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STEP 2.4: Degrease CPU lid and Water Block/Cooler Surfaces:
Saturate a dry wiper cloth with Indigo Xtreme Clean™; use ~1/2 trial size bottle per ETI
installation; thoroughly wipe the CPU lid; repeat with the water block/cooler interfacial
surfaces. Continue to wipe each surface with fresh areas of the wiper until no visible residue is
detected on the wiper. Wipe all surfaces of any visible lint, fibers, or particulates.
Install the CPU into the motherboard socket. Refer to motherboard or CPU installation
instructions. The ETI can only be applied after correct installation of the CPU.
Be prepared to wipe the CPU lid and water block/cooler surfaces immediately upon
saturating each dry wiper cloth as the Xtreme Clean™ solvent will quickly
evaporate. When finished, seal the used wiper in the ETI kit clear bag. New CPUs
or coolers must be degreased as well. Use only the supplied Indigo Xtreme
Clean™ for the degreasing step.
STEP 2.5: Indigo Xtreme Handling:
The Indigo Xtreme ETI may be handled on the blue surfaces only within a lint-free environment.
Do not remove the clear Top and Bottom liners prior to the specific installation step. Do not
bend, flex or puncture any portion of the ETI. Keep all chemical agents (Indigo Xtreme
Clean™, etc.) away from the ETI.
STEP 2.6: Bottom Side Liner Removal:
Remove the “Bottom” side rectangular clear liner by
slowly peeling the liner, beginning from the corner with
the white BOTTOM” label. Hold the ETI on the blue
edges (to prevent any wrinkling or warping). Do not
remove the “Top” liner at this step.
Do not touch the exposed adhesive area
after removal of the clear liner. Once the
liner has been removed, proceed
immediately to Step 2.7: Alignment and
Placement.
Use the Xtreme Clean™ solvent in a well-ventilated area. Avoid contact with
plastics (such as keyboards, computer cases, cooling fans, some water block
housings, coolant tube fittings, cables, etc.). Also, avoid contact with coolant
tubing, gaskets, etc.
STEP 2.7: Alignment and Placement:
STEP 2.8: Top Side Liner Removal:
Orientation and alignment of the ETI to
the CPU lid and socket is critical. Orient
the ETI such that the “Bottom” side is
facing the CPU lid. Note that the
orientation of the Haswell-E ETI differs
from other Indigo Xtreme models (see
the image below).
Remove the “Top” side rectangular clear liner by slowly peeling
the liner, beginning from the corner with the white “TOP” label.
Do not touch any of the clear surfaces after
removal of the clear liner. Once the liner has
been removed, proceed immediately to Step
2.9: Heat Sink/Block Mounting.
Hold the ETI on the blue edges (with both
hands). Ensure that the ETI is oriented
with CPU lid/socket as shown. Center the
narrow, blue alignment ring to the CPU lid
top surface before making contact.
Carefully lower the ETI onto the CPU lid
surface. With moderate, downward finger
pressure, completely press down all ETI
surfaces onto the CPU lid by following the
blue alignment ring (small red arrows).
Additionally, thoroughly press down the
area surrounding the vent and adhesive
region to the CPU lid (large red arrows).
STEP 2.9: Water Block/Cooler Mounting:
It is imperative that the water block/cooler is aligned correctly before it makes contact with
the ETI. Some factory sealed coolers may require a specific orientation to avoid exposed
bolts from contacting the CPU lid. Avoid any twisting on the ETI as the block is
bolted/clamped down. Apply a uniform pressure to the water block/cooler (while clamping)
to prevent it from shifting.
Bolt mounted Water Blocks/Coolers: Initially turn each thumb nut to engage the bolt
threading and mark the starting position of each nut. Turn all thumb nuts the full
recommended revolutions. Application Notes (Indigo Xtreme website) provide tightening and
orientation recommendations for specific water blocks and coolers.
It is critical that the narrow blue alignment ring is completely on the CPU lid and
all blue ring surfaces are thoroughly pressed down.
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STEP 3: ETI REFLOW PROCEDURE:
Follow the reflow steps below for your water block or cooler type; the motherboard must be in a horizontal position for proper reflow.
As part of installation, the Indigo Xteme ETI must first be heated with the CPU running under load in order to reflow (melt) the PCMA alloy. Failure to perform the exact reflow procedure may
result in unacceptable thermal performance. Video demonstrations of ETI reflow can be found on the Indigo Xtreme website at: http://www.indigo-xtreme.com
Step
Plexi/Acetal Water Blocks
Full Copper/Nickel Water Blocks
Factory Sealed Water Coolers
Connect up any water block liquid lines and turn on pump.
3.2
Boot the computer into Windows (stock freq. and voltage).
Boot the computer into Windows (stock freq. and voltage).
Boot the computer into Windows (stock freq. and voltage).
Open SpeedFan™, select the “Charts” tab, and check all core
boxes to track the core temperatures during reflow.
Open Prime 95™ or equivalent burn program and run a
“Torture Test” for (8) threads.
Immediately following the launch of Prime 95™, disconnect
the water pump.
Follow the average core temperature profile (with
SpeedFan™ in chart mode) illustrated in the chart below.
Open SpeedFan™, select the “Charts” tab, and check all core
boxes to track the core temperatures during reflow.
Open Prime 95™ or equivalent burn program and run a
“Torture Test” for (8) threads.
Immediately following the launch of Prime 95™, disconnect
the water pump.
Follow the average core temperature profile (with
SpeedFan™ in chart mode) illustrated in the chart below.
Open SpeedFan™, select the “Charts” tab, and check all core
boxes to track the core temperatures during reflow.
Open Prime 95™ or equivalent burn program and run a
“Torture Test” for (8) threads.
Immediately following the launch of Prime 95™, disconnect
the water pump.
Follow the average core temperature profile (with
SpeedFan™ in chart mode) illustrated in the chart below.
3.7
The Temperature Dip at ~1-1.5 minutes will indicate reflow.
The Temperature Dip at ~1-2.5 minutes will indicate reflow.
The Temperature Dip at ~30-45 seconds will indicate reflow.
3.8
Following the Dip and rise back to ~95°C, shut down the PC.
Following the Dip and rise back to ~95°C, shut down the PC.
Following the Dip and rise back to ~95°C, shut down the PC.
3.9
Allow PC and water block to cool for at least 45 minutes
before booting and connecting fans/water pumps.
Allow PC and water block to cool for at least 45 minutes
before booting and connecting fans/water pumps.
Allow PC and water cooler to cool for at least 30 minutes
before booting and connecting fans/liquid pump.
Plexi/Acetal Water Blocks
Full Copper/Nickel Water Blocks
Factory Sealed Water Coolers
3.5
3.6
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90
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70
60
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90
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70
60
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2
Time (minutes)
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4
100
90
80
70
60
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50
0
Turn on the liquid pump.
Average Core Temp. (°C)
3.4
Connect up any water block liquid lines and turn on pump.
Average Core Temp. (°C)
3.3
Average Core Temp. (°C)
3.1
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Time (minutes)
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Time (minutes)
Intel multi-core CPUs have built-in protection (Adaptive Thermal Monitor) that prevents the CPU from exceeding maximum core temperatures, thereby preventing damage to the CPU.
Avoid any bumping or excessive pressure on the water block/cooler and keep the computer in the horizontal position while cooling down. If the average core temperature does not follow a
similar temperature profile as seen in the previous graphics, then improper reflow may have occurred. Proceed to “Removal” and re-install a new ETI.
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STEP 4: REMOVAL OF INDIGO XTREME:
To disassemble, release the clamping force from the water block/cooler. The ETI may then be removed (intact) by first slowly peeling each corner. The ETI is designed to adhesively capture excess alloy
(from differences of CPU lid/heat sink interfacial roughness and planarity) on their surfaces. Any residual adhesive on the CPU or heat sink/water block may be removed with Xtreme Clean, acetone, or xylene
and a clean wiper or cotton cleaning swab. Residual alloy is best removed by wetting a swab with Xtreme Clean and gentling rotating the swab to loosen and collect the alloy particles.
Indigo Xtreme is a single-use interface product and any removal of the heat sink (pre/post-reflow) will require a new ETI. All interface material and adhesive residue must be removed and the
CPU and heat sink re-cleaned (with the surface cleaning supplies included in the ETI kit only) prior to the re-installation of a new ETI.
REFERENCES:
Burn-in/Torture Testing Program: Prime95™: http://www.mersenne.org/freesoft
Temperature monitor: Although, numerous temperature monitoring programs exist, SpeedFan™ provides the real-time charting/graphing mode necessary for reflow: http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php
The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for Indigo Xtreme Clean™ can be found at: http://www.indigo-xtreme/documentation
Contact us for more information about this or other Indigo Xtreme applications at: info@enerdynesolutions.com
Store Indigo Xtreme at room temperature conditions of 22°C (72°F) and 50% R.H., preferably in the original sealed enclosure and plastic bag.
DISCLAIMER:
Enerdyne Solutions is not responsible for any damages due to external causes, including but not limited to, improper use, accident, neglect, alteration, repair,
improper installation, improper testing, or damages caused by overclocking.
Intel, Haswell-E, and Core i7 are trademarks of the Intel Corporation, USA.
Indigo Xtreme and Indigo Xtreme Clean are trademarks of:
Enerdyne Solutions, Inc.,
PO Box 2660,
North Bend, WA., 98045 United States of America
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