In preparation for overclocking my aging Q6600 SLACR G0, i've purchased a Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme.
As I am aware my motherboard (P5N32-E SLI) is reknown for running the North & South bridges very hot, I took the opportunity to reseat these chip's heatsinks & replace the thermal pads with quality thermal grease.
This is what happened when I removed the heatsinks...
I believe I unclipped the heatsinks as intended, and seperating the heatsinks from the chips required almost no effort at all - certainly not enough to sheer metal!
Anyhow, is the damage to the chips irreparable?
Or is the damage to the thermal conductivity going to be so severe as to make the motherboard useless?
Or, fingers crossed, will a little bit of excess thermal grease work just as well?
Any advice on how best to salvage this board is very welcome.