People ripping the chips while taking off the RAM heatsinks are noobs. You can easily remove the heatsinks from RAM modules by dumping the ENTIRE RAM DIMM in some 90%+ Alcohol. After 5-20 minutes, the heat spreader will come out easily. See here:http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/249474-29-arctic-silver-adhesive
The OP here removed Arctic Silver Adhesive (Which Arctic Silver says is permanent but lol).