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post #1 of 12
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Hello everyone, I just got a NB cooler made by Logisys and it comes with a thermal pad.. I was wondering if using the stock pad or applying this thermal paste would be better. The thermal paste I have came from a Zalman cooler I have, seems decent.

Also I've never taking a northbridge cooler off before, can anyone confirm that this can be done without taking the board out on a GA-970A-UD3? I don't believe it bolts through the board.

Thanks for any help. biggrin.gif
post #2 of 12
Use the TIM. The thermal pads on them suck.

It's safe to do so. The clips are so loose on them they don't even make proper contact with the NB.
    
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So the NB cooler i got came with 2 clips and 2 white pins, is this pretty easy to put on. I don't want to screw things up since I have never done this before.

Also the Nbridge cooler I got came with heatsink compound in a little paper pak.. Is that most likely to go with the pad or without the pad or either.. I can't tell if its some kinda of TIM or not. Maybe I should just stick with the other Thermal paste I have I donno.
post #4 of 12
The thermal pad isn't necessary unless there is too much of a gap. If that's the case don't use the TIM just clean off the pad.

The hardest part is removing the NB heatsink in the first place. Installing it is easy, usually.
    
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After reading several post about NB installation I attempted the install.

So I took my mobo out and removed the stock NB cooler, but when I went to install the Deep Cool CC2 NBRIDGE 2 Cooler I got nerves and put the stock one back in.. The NB chip had a tiny square in the middle that was slightly higher than the rest of the chip where it made me believe that was the only part that came in contact with the cooler. The new cooler was completely flat and when I looked around the chip (square middle part) I could see little silver dots and I wasn't for sure if that could come into contact with the aftermarket cooler so I stopped.

The stock cooler has some kinda of square padding around the center square I talked about. I've never done this before and don't want to screw anything up.

Anyone with experience that could help me out would be awesome, thanks.


Deep Cool CC2 NBRIDGE 2 Cooler
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0362235
post #6 of 12
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Can anyone one help with my noob question.

I'm trying to install an aftermarket NB cooler but I'm nervous doing so. Is there any good write up's that I haven't been able to find. The previous ^ post here kinda explains my worries.

Would I want to remove the old square pad that sits on the stock heatsink or leave it and add the new pad with it? To me it doesn't seem like TIM is going to work very well since the middle of the chip is slightly raised from the rest of the chip. I'm confused.

Thank you
Edited by Tonez - 3/7/12 at 9:05am
post #7 of 12
Can you provide a picture of the bare NB?

I think I know what you mean, but I just want to be sure.
    
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post #8 of 12
Already in the club's thread: Heatsink removal shown
Bare chipset/mofsets shown
Heatsink bottom shown
http://www.overclock.net/t/1048912/official-gigabyte-ga-990xa-970a-series-owners-club-help-thread/300_100#post_15006990

I might be interested in reseating mine, since I went from 60C load to now I'm hitting high 60's at like 68C on load... 70C
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post #9 of 12
The shiny raised bit is the part that you want to cool. The other little silver bits are most likely resistors and they wont touch the base at all.
post #10 of 12
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What happens if for some reason when I install the new cooler if it touches the resistors any bit?.. The new cooler is completely flat and seems like it might be a little weird installing.
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Can you provide a picture of the bare NB?
I think I know what you mean, but I just want to be sure.

I should of takin pictures when I had it out but I only have a camera phone, not sure how detailed the picture will be.. I will try and get it out again soon today and take some pics
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