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Old 16th November, 2005, 09:56 PM
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9NPA+ Ultra with XP-90

Can't seem to find an answer to this and it's been driving me crazy; is it necessary to remove the motherboard to install the XP-90 onto the 9NPA+ Ultra?
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Old 17th November, 2005, 04:50 PM
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Sorry to say, but it is necessary cos you need to use the thermalright bracket and the epox backplate is not mounted with adessive like for example on the Asus mobo, so if you remove the screws the backplate will fall off. The same with the xp 120.
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Old 17th November, 2005, 07:55 PM
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Had no problem (and neither did a friend) fitting an XP-120 to an Epox board (mine being a 9NPA+ Ultra) without removing the mobo so neither should you.
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Old 17th November, 2005, 09:11 PM
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Ansible, your backplate was sturdy even with the bracket removed?
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Old 17th November, 2005, 09:27 PM
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Had no problem (and neither did a friend) fitting an XP-120 to an Epox board (mine being a 9NPA+ Ultra) without removing the mobo so neither should you.
If you do not have the possibility to retain the backplate, either with your fingers or something else, while the mobo is mounted in the case, you can not place the xp bracket. But, maybe it is possible with some cases.
What is your trick, ansible?
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Old 18th November, 2005, 12:00 AM
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Some cases have openings that expose a bit of the underside of the mobo. Not mine though.

So when you go to remove the stock plate only take out 1 of the screws completely. The other loosen enough to swing the top plate over the socket. (or put a longer one in to accomplish this.) Then try and get one through the new plate on to the back plate to hold it in place so you can take the other out. Hope that made sense.
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Old 19th November, 2005, 05:36 PM
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Well my friend who had already fitted the XP-120 to his EP-9NDA3J warned me that with some boards the backplate wasn't glued so I proceeded with caution!

Placed the tower case on its side and carefully removed the retaining screws and then equally carefully fitted the XP-120 retention bracket. Other than that, didn't do anything special.

FWIW we both have the Antec SLK3000B case.
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Well my friend who had already fitted the XP-120 to his EP-9NDA3J warned me that with some boards the backplate wasn't glued so I proceeded with caution!

Placed the tower case on its side and carefully removed the retaining screws and then equally carefully fitted the XP-120 retention bracket. Other than that, didn't do anything special.

FWIW we both have the Antec SLK3000B case.
Wel yes, i kan imagine that this can work and y surely would try this option first before y decide to remove the mobo. But if luck is'nt there then there is the second option.....
And yes, why not start with the first option.
So, rottendumpling, the choice is yours..
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If you have the case on its side the backplate wont be able to move away from the holes even when the srews are removed... as they still stick though. I didnt take my mob out to fit my XP90C to an asus a8n sli deluxe and ive also fitted the plain xp90 to an a8n-sli.... both without removing the board...
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Awesome, thanks for the info guys. I was going to install it last weekend but my Ballistix's died (only after a week of light usage) - going to rma them and try to get a better kit! Bah.
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Old 23rd November, 2005, 09:09 AM
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Nice One, hope everything goes smoothly and i think youll be pleasently suprised with the results. Oh and get yourself some arctic silver and dont use thermalrights thermal paste.
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