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Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Heat Sink Replacement

How to remove the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 heat sink.

  • Author: Paul Manzer
  • Time estimate: 2 - 3 hours
  • Difficulty: Difficult

This guide will go over how to remove the heat sink on the Microsoft Surface Pro 5. Removal of the heat sink will be necessary to provide ease of access for many of the components within the Surface Pro 5. It is identified by the four prominent copper bars that span the interior of the device, converging over the CPU. The iOpener is used in this guide, but a hair dryer or heat gun could also be used. See instructions for the iOpener here.

Step 1 Heat Sink  ¶ 

Pry off the protective metal shield covering the main processor using either the nylon spudger or the plastic opening tool.

Step 1 Heat Sink  ¶ 

  • Pry off the protective metal shield covering the main processor using either the nylon spudger or the plastic opening tool.

Step 2  ¶ 

Remove the four silver Torx T5 x 3mm screws holding the heat sink onto the main processor.

Step 2  ¶ 

  • Remove the four silver Torx T5 x 3mm screws holding the heat sink onto the main processor.

Step 3  ¶ 

Remove the remaining five black Torx T4 x 3mm screws holding down the heat sink assembly. Remove the remaining five black Torx T4 x 3mm screws holding down the heat sink assembly.

Step 3  ¶ 

  • Remove the remaining five black Torx T4 x 3mm screws holding down the heat sink assembly.

Step 4  ¶ 

Remove the heat sink from the device by grabbing one of the copper bars with your fingers and lifting straight up.

Step 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the heat sink from the device by grabbing one of the copper bars with your fingers and lifting straight up.

  • Avoid touching the thermal paste that is on the back of the heat sink and on the front of the CPU. If you get thermal paste on your hands, wash it off with mild soap and water.