I specifically stopped reading THG, following THG links, or giving info from THG full weight when he published that EPIC and INFAMOUS video, showing the Athlon bursting into thick black plumes of smoke, the P3 locking up, and the P4 sailing along without a care when the heatsink was removed.
While it's somewhat true that Athlons of that era would get very hot and die if you ran with no HSF, it's untrue that all but a rare few motherboards allowed that. The motherboards that allowed firey death were rarer.
It's also untrue that P3s simply locked and shut down. They would get hot enough to damage themselves, just not as dramatically as the Athlons.
The part where the video fully departs reality and enters psycho BS land is the P4 demo. P4s absolutely did and do lock up and hard power off when you remove the HSF. Tom's video cut together at least three different instances (HSF off, throttling/running no HSF briefly/replacing HSF and resuming full speed), but any attempts to replicate that video resulted in blue screens and hardware damage. The P4's thermal management was much better than the competition, that much is very true, but unless THG made the video in a room that was around -40 degrees, the things he showed that P4 doing simply do not happen.
After he sold, the "artistic license" ramped up more and more, so I simply don't ever click those links anymore. The current THG is a bought-and-paid-for publication, and I wouldn't expect anything out of them that works against the main paying advertsiers. It's similar to HardOCP in that way, though the [H] is carried by a huge community, and still tries to be somewhat impartial.
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