Heat sinks or no heat sinks

by on September 10, 2009

Q: Is it bad to put heat sinks on any if not all the motherboard chips?

A: You will want to figure out if adding heat sinks to your motherboard will void the warranty. Adding them might also cause issues if you have to RMA the new motherboard, especially if you’re using any kind of permanent or semi-permanent thermal adhesive. Since heat sinks are metal you’ll need to also be very careful to avoid causing any kinds of shorts which could potentially toast your new motherboard.

If you’re doing any kind of overclocking with your system, I’d consider just keeping the heat sinks handy in case you run into any overheating issues on specific chips. This way your not just tossing heat sinks onto random chips.

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