Reply 40 of 56, by Tetrium
Regarding the chances of cracking the die of a sA CPU. I heard many people actually having this happen to them but I never had this happen while mounting or unmounting a HS, not even once.
At some point I managed to get so handy with how to distribute my weight and how to move the flatbed screwdriver that I kinda did it semi-automatically.
What I have had happen several times is adding a HSF and forgetting to apply TIM which in a single case ended up burning the CPU (a Palomino) basically instantly.
It's often a matter of not getting impatient, not while lacking concentration and not trying to do this while tired/dim lighting condition/in a hurry. And use the right tools and to know what you are doing.
For anyone who would want to practice this (for whatever reason), perhaps better to practice using a (discardable) s370 Celeron (Coppermine core with no ISH) 😜