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Old 8th January, 2002, 02:10 PM
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Unhappy Motherboard fan gone again

Hiya,
After oiling my motherboard fan many times (because its either stopped dead or makes terrible whining sounds) I've finally given up

Just a simple quick question:
As I don't overclock my system (I like it 100% stable @ 133mhz FSB with my Athlon XP 1700+) Can I just unscrew the fan from the heatsink and leave it like that using passive cooling? Or do I HAVE to have active cooling on the heatsink to keep the chip 100% stable?
I do have a YS-TECH (7 volt modded) case fan blowing onto that area of the motherboard so it keeps my CPU cool too.

Please advise

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Old 8th January, 2002, 03:47 PM
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Hi Mark,

I would suggest using one of these Zalman heatsinks that I was
just reading about. Check it out here:

http://www.icrontic.com/index.php?p...&hardwareId=199

According to the review, it actually kept the chip 3 degrees
cooler than with a fan! Go figure...

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Old 8th January, 2002, 05:50 PM
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For peace of mind I would put a new active unit on it like a lasagna. I've had three fans fail on me - two coolermaster fans and one avvid unit. I also had the fan quit on an Abit KT7A. The stock fans just wear out after a while.
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Old 8th January, 2002, 06:31 PM
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those itty bitty fans are junk, I refuse to use them, if you have decent airflow, you can just use an old K-6/duron cooler without the fan. most of those active chipset cooler's heatsinks SUCK! and that includes that Titan orb thingy, its just stamped outa a peice if sheet copper, if your not keen on gluing stuff to your board , that zalman one looks OK
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Old 9th January, 2002, 03:33 AM
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Thanks for the help everyone
I'll take all of your suggestions into consideration, but before I do (because I like to try and save money if at all possible, typical me ) I would just like clarification from EPoX tech on whether I could actually do this without long term damage to the chip?

Thanks alot!

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Old 10th January, 2002, 07:40 PM
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Old 11th January, 2002, 08:22 AM
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I think that if you replaced the small HSF with a larger heatsink alone you would be fine.
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Old 11th January, 2002, 10:21 AM
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Gibber,

E-mail me with your address and i'll send you over an heatsink and fan for your northbridge chip.

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Old 11th January, 2002, 02:08 PM
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Thanks for clearing that up for me Epox tech

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all of my abit boards have had north bridge fan problems...interesting enough when I loosen the screws just a bit ...and I mean "abit" they would run just fine no oil
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all of my abit boards have had north bridge fan problems...interesting enough when I loosen the screws just a bit ...and I mean "abit" they would run just fine no oil
Oil, electrolytic or not is not the kind of thing I would introduce into a small fan motor anyhow.
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