http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/...-due-to-intels-thermal-paste-choice-20120514/ I came accross this article claiming if you change the thermal paste the chips run 20 degrees cooler. So did Intel really go cheap on the thermal paste? PC Watch purchased a high quality paste and used it instead of what Intel ships the Ivy Bridge chips with. The result was an 18-23% drop in temperature, which also means theres potential to clock the chip higher without having to make the switch to a more expensive cooling solution. As the thermal paste is used underneath the heat spreader the chips ship with, its a little bit more involved to replace it when compared to the paste used between the chip and a heatsink. However, if you intend to overclock then its going to be worth the effort. Looks like they took the metal casing off of the top of the processor to do the overclocking.