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

#1__Cam__Posted 8/21/2013 8:21:27 AM
I have a discrete GPU but it won't fit due to the integrated graphics' heatsink being in the way.
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#2SinisterSlayPosted 8/21/2013 8:46:33 AM
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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#3pothocketPosted 8/21/2013 8:49:44 AM
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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#4PyrotechnixxxPosted 8/21/2013 10:12:14 AM
Removing heatsinks from your motherboard is generally a really, really bad idea.
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#5Mr kittyPosted 8/21/2013 10:28:35 AM
What brand is it? Dell, HP???
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#6KillerTrufflePosted 8/21/2013 10:34:26 AM
Are you sure the heatsinks you want to remove are for your IGP and not the north/southbridge?
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#7__Cam__(Topic Creator)Posted 8/21/2013 11:19:10 AM
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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#8garyjpatersonPosted 8/21/2013 11:24:50 AM
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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#9__Cam__(Topic Creator)Posted 8/21/2013 11:25:23 AM
I figured. I took it off but reseated it, making it stick more to the processor.
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#10KillerTrufflePosted 8/21/2013 11:30:40 AM
__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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