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On the Case of the Quiet PC - Quiet Chipset Cooling
Written by Graham Garside   
Tuesday, 01 February 2005 07:16
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Quiet Chipset Cooling

Along with the graphics card the chipset cooler is usually one of the most annoying sources of noise. Due to it's small size they are often fitted with small fans, usually of the incredibly cheap variety, spinning at high speeds and producing a lot of noise in the nigh frequency range that really grates. The best solution is to plan and go for a board using passive cooling. All chipsets can be passively cooled, manufacturers decisions to go with a fan either stem from overclocking appeal, or saving money. A small heatsink and cheap fan will cost them less than a better passive heatsink and give similar levels of cooling. If you have a board with a fan cooled northbridge or wish to improve you cooling for overclocking without resorting to adding a fan then I would recommend the Zalman ZM-NB47J Northbridge Cooler.

ZM-NB47J Cooler

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