Originally Posted by jhnkango
Thank you for the reply. My other question is that I want to install an Intel Xeon on my server motherboard. The Xeon says it does not come with a fan, but the Nvidia GPU does come with a fan. I was told by a friend that I will not need to buy a fan/heatsink for the Xeon because the Nvidia graphics card has a fan. Is this true? If I install the Xeon without any fan/heatsink, will it be fine that way or will I need to buy a fan/heatsink?
And what is the difference between a fan/heatsink? If I wanted to buy one, would I buy a fan or heatsink on the CPU? Or are they the same thing? Or does a fan go on top of a heatsink?
No way, man. The GPU is one thing and the CPU is another, they both need cooling.
Regardless what the GPU is and how it's cooled, you still need to have a cooler on that CPU, whether it be heatsink/fan or watercooling.
You should look into getting a nice quality CPU cooler for that Xeon, brands like Thermaltake, Cooler Master, Noctua, etc.. have much to offer. Also make sure that the cooler is compatible with your CPU and socket.
There's a thing called "Passive Cooling", where you can cool the CPU with the heatsink only and no fan. I wouldn't do it with an Xeon but.
If you run any CPU without any method of cooling, it'll likely reach max temp and either shutdown or burn. So make sure you don't use it before you clean it off, apply new thermal paste and a new cooler. Edited by PoisonousRakija - 8/15/13 at 2:05am