^what browser are you using that doesn't support YouTube?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgOmMAasqto
Because thats all it is. A video Tom made back before he sold THG to Best of Mdeia. It took two modern (in 2001) AMD and Intel CPUs, ran Quake and while it was running, they took off the HSF to see if the CPU could survive without it as well as the game.
The Pentium 4 did great, game didn't even crash just slowed down to about 7FPS and hit 39c. Strange I know but the original S423 and the early S478 (Northwood) Pentium 4s were actually decent CPUs at the time.
The Pentium III lived but the game crashed and it hit 30c or so.
Both AMDs died. The Athlon 1400+ got to about 370c and fried itself along with the mobo. The Palamino 1200 did the same but also killed the diode temp sensor.
Was a good idea at the time but new CPUs are too advanced. If they get too hot they will downclock and then turn off completley so its hard to test this anymore. Still 370c is insane....