OK to remove Z270MX heatsink?

Hello, sorry for the noob question but is it OK to remove the heatshink on the right side of the mobo? I am building a fanless system in a Streacom FC5 case and the heatsink gets in the way of the heatpipes. I am not going to be overclocking or doing anything that should push the system. This mobo will be used as a music server and I dont expect CPU utilization to get above 30-40% based on my previous build.

BTW, what is this heatsink for? I see that it makes contact with 7 components on the mobo. My previous mobo (also a Gigabyte) did not have this heatsink.
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  1. you cant just remove parts of the motherboard.
    Reply to RARRAF
  2. RARRAF said:
    you cant just remove parts of the motherboard.


    Thank you for the reply but do you know for certain I cannot remove? None of the mobos I have ever used had a heatsink on the right edge covering these 7 components.
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  3. This board?Of course - you can't just remove that heatsink.
    One - cools voltage regulators, other cools motherboard chipset.
    Removing first will cause cpu throttling under load. Removing second will cause overheating of chipset and probably death of the board.
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  4. SkyNetRising said:
    This board?Of course - you can't just remove that heatsink.
    One - cools voltage regulators, other cools motherboard chipset.
    Removing first will cause cpu throttling under load. Removing second will cause overheating of chipset and probably death of the board.


    Yest thats the board. I am referring to the small heatsink along the top edge of the mobo.

    I am curious, if that heatsink is so important how come other Gigabyte mobos I haved used does not have it???? I am not trying to be argumentative, I am just trying to understand if its really required.
    Reply to tboooe
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