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Why do lots of people remove the chipset heatsink and does it actually have any benefits? Can it cause damage? What are safe temperatures for an intel chipset?

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Hey Ocvt! 

In case of modern Intel platform, it is just PCH (platform controller hub), which has very low TDP (around 5w), and heat can be dispersed through PCB itself. Especially when you are using LN2, it makes stuff much easier to insulate from moisture. For example Z270 PCH has trip point on 127c, i would just suggest staying below 85-90c, and u should be safe. 

For example my laptop with C246 PCH (basically Z270) has also no heatsink/heatspreader and runs no problem with PCH below 80c after whole day of testing.

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