Do not do this without using thermal compound. The surface your components are not completely smooth. There are microscopic dips if you will that create a gap in certain areas between the two plates when they're pressed together. The whole reason behind thermal compound is to fill in these gaps to allow the heat to transfer as evenly as possible from one plate to the other so that the heat can make it's way to the heatsink and dissapate. Not using thermal compound will do way more damage than good. You will see a rise in temps. Although when you use it you should try to use as little as possible because while it does transfer heat, it's nowhere near as good as metal and can actually act as an insulator to some degree. Using a credit card, or something similar works well when spreading the compound.
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1/22/06 at 8:48am