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

by on January 29, 2009

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

I ask this because I just got a new MB an I have some Heat Sinks left an I would like to use them for something. Plus I say the motherboard would look a lot better with them on.

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    The main things you’ll need to be concerned about is your warranty for the board. Adding aftermarket heatsinks might void the warrant or cause issues for you if you find you need 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 heatsinks onto random chips.