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post #21 of 49

The 212+ is a lightweight.

 

All the good coolers use a backplate and make a motherboard sandwich, which is plenty stiff. And as TH3 original noted, the stress is taken up by the mounting screws, especially the ones on the top edge of the mb.

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post #22 of 49
My Silver Arrow weighs 825g and that's without the two TY-140s. Fortunately, the mounting backplate that Thermalright included is not only easy to install but is great at spreading the weight. I'm very happy with how they've engineered it.
Edited by MercurySteam - 2/15/12 at 2:44am
post #23 of 49
normally heat sinks have back plates, with the back plates it will support the heat sink just fine. motherboards are sturdy stuff, they don't break as easily as you think. its not super fragile material, I have abused my old H55 motherboard so much that simple heat sink weight breaking it would seem silly. I have seen people wash their motherboards in the dishwasher and different things and the mobo still works just fine. if you had a spare mobo, you could try and snap it in half, it takes quite a bit of effort, it will bend easily, but to break it takes more effort than just heat sink weight + gravity
   
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post #24 of 49
The Tuniq Tower would sag on some people's boards. Depends on the quality of PCB I would figure. My board is flexed like a rainbow lol. Heard some minor cracking when I tightened the board down to the case though haha. It's working fine.
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post #25 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by xlastshotx View Post

I wouldn't worry about 600 grams, the only cooler that I have ever heard about that actually could damage your motherboard was the Thermalright TRUE Copper , weighed in at 1900 grams.

I have the Thermalright true (non copper one), and that weighs 790grams and I have had no problems with the wieght, even when I move my pc around. Thats not including the two 120mm fans I have attached to it to.

Just about all decent coolers will come with a backplate that will spread the weight out a bit over the board and prevent warping, also be sure to not over tighten the bolts as that can bend the board a bit.

had my true copper for around 18 months and my mobo is very clearly warped, wonderful cooler but 1.9kg without fans is silly.
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post #26 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by Badness View Post

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.
Quote:
Originally Posted by ehume View Post

All the good coolers use a backplate and make a motherboard sandwich, which is plenty stiff. And as TH3 original noted, the stress is taken up by the mounting screws, especially the ones on the top edge of the mb.

I said it first D:
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post #27 of 49
I can only imagine that high end heatsinks will only get bigger and heavier since that's clearly been the trend these past few years. I've been wondering about this very issue for a while now too. The last air cooler I had was a Megahalems and in my opinion it wasn't really heavy but it did prevent me from installing certain types of ram. There are pros and cons with air coolers but that's obviously the case too with closed loops and custom water loops. Going back to your original question of if air coolers are too heavy, in time I could see there possibly being a problem with their weight.
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post #28 of 49
then as i said earlier if your really conecerned get some ninja wire thumb.gif
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post #29 of 49
the heaviest cooler i had was the mugen 2 on several asus mainboards. never happened anything even if the mounting system is crap in my opinion
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post #30 of 49
my z600 is 1.4kg with the fans on it.
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