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[–] 1F4A9 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Physically, no, but it would be possible to disable it by software if you have the cryptographic signing key. Intel chips could run just fine without the ME, but shut down after a few minutes if they notice it isn't running. It kinda works like the DRM chips in video game consoles, but more advanced. Someone could free the world by leaking the Intel source code and keys.