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Is it safe to remove an integrated GPU's heatsink?

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2 years ago#1
I have a discrete GPU but it won't fit due to the integrated graphics' heatsink being in the way.
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2 years ago#2
I didn't know they had heat sinks....
I thought they were just a small chip on the board right next to the CPU.

Probably safe to remove if you disable the integrated in the BIOS.
Just don't remove the CPU heat sink.
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2 years ago#3
SinisterSlay posted...
I didn't know they had heat sinks....
I thought they were just a small chip on the board right next to the CPU.


The chips on my board have mini heatsinks overtop them.
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2 years ago#4
Removing heatsinks from your motherboard is generally a really, really bad idea.
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2 years ago#5
What brand is it? Dell, HP???
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2 years ago#6
Are you sure the heatsinks you want to remove are for your IGP and not the north/southbridge?
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2 years ago#7
KillerTruffle posted...
Are you sure the heatsinks you want to remove are for your IGP and not the north/southbridge?


WTF is a Northbridge? I have this Motherboard: http://archive.benchmarkreviews.com/images/reviews/motherboards/intel_dh67bl/Intel_DH67BL_Top.jpg

It's the other heatsink, near the PCI slot.
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2 years ago#8
Well that is not the integrated graphics chip, that is on the same die as the CPU. Do not remove the heatsink. Im sure the graphics card would not touch the heatsink.
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2 years ago#9
I figured. I took it off but reseated it, making it stick more to the processor.
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2 years ago#10
__Cam__ posted...
KillerTruffle posted...
Are you sure the heatsinks you want to remove are for your IGP and not the north/southbridge?


WTF is a Northbridge? I have this Motherboard: http://archive.benchmarkreviews.com/images/reviews/motherboards/intel_dh67bl/Intel_DH67BL_Top.jpg

It's the other heatsink, near the PCI slot.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northbridge_%28computing%29

Based on your picture, that's the southbridge heatsink. Not good to remove. Definitely make sure it was reseated well with proper thermal paste, etc.
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