Cpu post test, heatsink needed?

It really is better practice to put a heat sink on the CPU before booting. If something goes wrong you could fry a perfectly good CPU just to save a few seconds of installing the heat-sink.

You might be able to get away with it, though I certainly don't recommend it.

From another similar post:

"Todays processors create so much waste heat that it will only take a few seconds for it to go into thermal shut down. Running a CPU without a fan and heatsink is a sure fire way to fry your CPU and when it's fried you can argue with Intel all you want but they aren't going to replace it."
 

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