AMD makes some of the best CPUs out there, but modding often takes them a step further. This is particularly true for APUs, with graphics packed right in there with the processor. Simply delidding AMD Ryzen 7 8700G, for example, leads to some seriously impressive boosts.
For those of you who don’t know, delidding is the process of removing the default integrated heat spreader. That’s the metal part on top of the CPU or APU. Then, you need to replace the standard thermal paste with a higher quality. This could be a better thermal paste, or it could even be liquid metal.
Delidding is a lot easier than you’d expect but requires specific tools and a steady hand. We don’t recommend trying it out on your expensive component without a degree of familiarity first. One slip, and it could be over.
YouTuber Der8auer is back at it again to not only test the mod but push the processor to its limits. The entire 22-minute video is worth a watch, including the initial inspection, but it’s the mod we’re most interested in.
While initially concerned, Der8auer says the process of delidding the AMD Ryzen 7 8700G is actually fairly easy. The basic findings were that the mod not only leads to improved performance of up to 17%, but also reduces core temperatures by up to 25° C. This combination means that your PC should use slightly less power not having to work as hard to cool down, and performance is easier to come by.
Delidding this APU definitely seems worth it if you know how. We’re huge fans of the process, but again, please don’t do this to your devices unless you’re confident in your ability to succeed.