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post #1 of 49
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Just curious if the weight of the 212+ (or other 120mm similar coolers) bother anyone else? I looked up some spec sheets on a few motherboards and some say a max of 400g weight for the cooler. Do the backplate's that come with aftermarket coolers compensate beyond what the motherboards max is? It's just one of those things that bugs me to the point of going with a 92mm cooler like this. Almost half the weight of the 212+ and from reviews, very similar results.

I'm comfortably sitting at 4.6Ghz with my 2500K and never really hitting 50c under normal "gaming" load. In the BIOS I have the fan settings to quiet instead of the more aggressive settings as well. Would it be okay to go with a smaller cooler like a 92mm heatpipe style rather than my big heavy 212+?

The reason I bring this up is because at work I see a ton of boards that have been totally warped into a "bowl" shape after only a few years of use. Granted these boards are basic Intel boards with no backplate at all but I still see what some weight and pressure can do to a PCB after some use.

Edit: The 212+ is 600 some grams in weight.
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post #2 of 49
My N520 weighs 668 grams. I was wondering the same thing when i was putting it in; felt like the mobo was going to break. I have had it in my PC for almost a year now, so doesn't seem to be a problem. redface.gif

Edit: had the board out a few weeks ago and it wasn't bent at all.
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post #3 of 49
You could always use some zipties and ghetto-rig it to secure it to some other part of your case.

I've used an Arctic Cooler Freezer 64 Pro on my previous AM3 build for a year and a half, didn't notice any mobo warping. I imagine the screws holding it in would be more stressed than the motherboard.
post #4 of 49
that's why there's a backplate to even out the pressure across the MB. Also the 212+ is one of the lighter ones out there but if you that worried buy a H60/80/100
post #5 of 49
It really depends on the backplate. My NH-D14 weighs 1240g and I've had it on at least a dozen motherboards.
Never had a problem with the cooler other than it hitting my GPU's or my case's side panel. lol
    
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People are too paranoid about the weight of CPU coolers. I've got a Silver Arrow, with 3 fans on it, heavy as hell but its been on my PC for over a year now no issues.
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I've had my silver arrow attached with super heavy server fans for over six months, which really added some heft. Happy to report no warping yet. I am thinking that prolonged use without the mobo being screwed into the case could allow warping. But, just like back plates of graphics cards, the case should prevent that.
 
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post #8 of 49
yeah i think the majority of the stress is on the case actually.

If you think about it, the screws are what the heatsinks are technically putting stress on, which
in turn is putting stress much more so on the case rather than the mobo. Although this doesn't apply
to those intel push pin heatsinks, which from what i've experience seens to put the most stress i've ever seen
it bent one of my boards... i will never use again.
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post #9 of 49
Zalman makes a "Special string" so that you can attach your HSF to the top of the case if you are paranoid. thumb.gif
    
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post #10 of 49
I think so, always wondered if my 847 gram coolermaster n620 was the cause of a motherboard failure I experienced. In addition to weight, it was also quite tall, thus putting more strain on the motherboard.
With the advantages that the all in one watercooling solutons currently offer, I will never buy another large air cooling HSF.
Here the n 620 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103066
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