Generally yes. But if Foxconn glued the heatsink on, then it is problematic at best.
Usually the chipset heatsinks are not glued but do use some type of thermal tape or paste that transfers heat to the heatsink. There are typically two plastic inserts or screws that go from the heatsink THRU the motherboard and come out on the other side. This will require you to remove the motherboard form the PC case to do this mod.
You remove the heatsink, clean up the contact area with 90+% isopropyl alchohol with a lint-free cloth until the original goo is removed. Put a small amount of your new thermal paste such as Arctic Silver 5 (AS5) (about the size of a grain of rice) and spread it even over the chip's contact area with a credit card edge or other straight plastic edge tool. Using a baggie over your finger, smear a very thin coating of AS5 (or other) onto the bottom of the new heatsink. Put it all back together again and you should be good to go.
Jan 27, 2009 |
Foxconn 45CMX socket LGA775 motherboard...