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This might seem a stupid question but i just want to be sure.

Some cooler have a backplate with sticky (really sticky!) edge on back of them in order to stick it on the motherboard. I removed mine with a lots of force but at least i removed it.

However, there are some left glue residues on the motherboard.. that would be pain to remove ! personnally i don't really care if they are keep there but it is safe ? (sorry the integrated pic fonction seemed to not work i can't see the pic otherwise)

backplate risidues

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Adhesives generally used for this are non-conductive and non-corrosive, so leaving it on is fine.

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If having the glue connect the motherboard to a big conductive plate wasn't a problem, the glue by itself won't be a problem either.

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It looks a lot like typical double sided tape. The portion in question looks like the X shaped mechanical support, rather than a heat sink unit. I'm rather doubtful that it would make a difference to do with heat transfer to the motherboard, or any other cooling relatd process. I do worry it would be a dust magnet, which would be bad.

If you do want to remove it, you can probably very gently loosen it up with a lit free cloth and isopryl alcohol. Rub to 'roll' it into a larger wad, and periodically remove it.

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Tried.. trust me lol anyway i prefer to lets it there since there another backplate going on so it doesn't matter i guess. – Rushino Jun 29 '12 at 13:56
better than alcohol is carburetor cleaner. It takes that glue right off and evaporates instantly. Small amounts will do no harm to your mobo, just don't soak the thing down. – Lee Harrison Jun 29 '12 at 15:06
Well, i trust rubbing alcohol and elbow grease to do nothing. Nail polish remover to me, is the next step up. Never used carburetor cleaner before. – Journeyman Geek Jun 29 '12 at 15:08

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