>Okay, so the sheild and case above the heatsink are completely removed?
>no CPU fan? just heatsink exposed to air?
The shield has a 2" square hole in it, but the plastic case back is intact. The heatsink is now about 1/3 the size of its former self. There is/was some thermal tape on the back of the heatsink which I sprread w/a little more thermal compound. The heatsink is now attached to the MB w/only 2 screws, but it makes a plenty good connection; I put a couple of small pieces of foam tape on the left side of the heatsink (not screwed down)and the assembly keeps that side secure enough for good contact w/the CPU.
ckbone knows better than me, but I believe that the WinChip C6 that was originally in this v1.0 was overclocked a bit, and it's been reported before that the WinChip2 200MHz upgrade runs cooler than the older WinChip. Anyway, I don't argue with success and this thing runs plenty cool I think--only time will tell for sure.