AMD has countered Tom's video of a Palomino processor burning up when the heatsink is removed with a video of their own (hosted at *MD Zone). (Thanks to billb for the link.) The video purports to show what happens to a thermal diode-equipped Palmino processor when various sorts of cooling failures happenand the results are very different Tom's.
Obviously, the relevant difference here is most likely the motherboard. If a motherboard properly support's AMD's thermal protection measures, the CPU probably won't burn up. It's hard to say which mobos or how many actually incorporate such support. I suspect not many yet, but most new boards probably will.
Myself, I inadvertently plugged in a high-speed Pally tonight without attaching the fan on the heatsink to the power header. This was on a VIA reference board. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the CPU didn't fry.
|The Tech Report System Guide: March 2017 edition||50|
|Elgato Stream Deck lets streamers play news desk||6|
|Puppy Day Shortbread||17|
|Brydge 12.3 makes the Surface Pro lap-worthy||18|
|Corsair One is an understated gaming monster||32|
|Futuremark adds Vulkan to its API Overhead test||3|
|Fallout 4 VR will draw in wastelanders at E3 2017||15|
|AMD publishes patches for Vega support on Linux||24|
|MSI brings custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards by air and sea||12|
|I need this because of reasons.||+41|