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I would highly discourage doing that. The chips get hot very quickly and I believe there are some other tests that you need to perform to ensure that the chip is not damaged.
Thanks for the advice. I laid the original heat sinks on the chips and ran the through the start-up checks. Impressive, how quickly the sinks got warm. Everything checked. I pasted on the new sinks and since then all has been fine - and quiet. Love those new heat pipe coolers.