EAH5830 VRM heatsink

I got an EAH5830, the ASUS variant of an ATI Radeon HD 5830.
http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/AMD_Series/EAH5830_DirectCU2DIS1GD5/

I've removed the pushpin heatsink for the card's VRMs(I have no new thermal padding to replace the insulation with.), it is not overclocked and is fed air.

Am I okay to leave it like this, is there anything I should know?
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  1. So let me get this straight.. You pulled off the padding that separated the VRM's with the HSF?

    I wouldn't suggest thermal grease as it may be a bad idea to use. I'd suggest getting a new thermal pad. I don't know where to get them but a place I used to work for had a few of the 3M pads laying around. That'd probably be the best option for you.

    http://solutions.3m.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/AdhesivesForElectronics/Home/Products/ThermalSolutions/ThermallyConductiveAcrylicPads/?WT.mc_id=Electronics_Redirect&WT.tsrc=Redirect
  2. You cannot leave it like that, you need cooling, either grab some Vga heatsinks or thermal pads as Stedd suggested,
    and again, Why did you remove it?
    Moto
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