I don't give a fuck what AMD says, this article is 100% accurate. A heat sink falling off an Athlon will cause instant failure of the CPU. And smoke.
I learned this the hard way.
Out of nowhere, the fuckin thing fell off. I wasn't 100% sure that I had it on securely after I put on the thermal paste, although my pulling in various directions seemed to hint that it was. The horrible position of some caps on this retarded ASUS board didn't help matters much.
So now my main box is toast. Smoked. Literally.
I'm stuck either scrapping this crappy thing entirely (which is what a smart person would probably do) or buying a new CPU to see if the MB is kaput as well. I wonder if any vendors would be willing to work with me on this...I know that most of them do not like to exchange CPUs for any reason. Fuck. I am not happy.