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post #1 of 11
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So I just got a block for my southbridge and was wondering since I no longer need that part of my heat pipes and stock cooling if I could possibly just dremel cut the heat pipe short and clamp it? Maybe solder it too if need be. What do you guys think?
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post #2 of 11
It will have a liquid in it water or ammonia or something...If you breach the tube you will risk ruining the cooling for the rest of it...If you can crimp your tube going to the part that you want to cut off it might work...Crimp it really tight before you cut it off then double it back up on itself as soon as you cut it and crimp again then solder the end you might get away with doing it....
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post #3 of 11
It won't work. Why? Because as soon as you change the pressure or volume inside the tube, the liquid it is charged with will change state at a different temperature and may even turn compleyely to gas resulting in very poor heat transfer.

Best bet is to find a nice Northbridge cooler such as the Noctua NC-U6 paired with a Silverstone FM80
    
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post #4 of 11
Heat pipe is useless once punctured. The water (this is used in PC temperature cooling) escapes. You can't just fill the heatpipe with water and crimp it since you don't know what pressure is needed inside the pipe.
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post #5 of 11
I think he simply wants to keep his mosfet coolers, he's already replaced the NB... so to cool your mosfets look for RAM sinks, such as these

http://www.xoxide.com/thermalright-hr-09s.html
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post #6 of 11
Just take the whole thing off, and get after market cooling for all the parts that had heatsink. I cut my pipe in half at first, leaving the MOSFET on and replaced the NB, now if i want to RMA, cant LoL, i might have to borrow the pipe from one of you guys!
But just so you know, those copper "looking" heatsinks on the ASUS's., are aluminium!! how i know...i tried lapping them, and to my surprise the copper paint, or coating or whatever came off!!
In the new P5K's its mentioned "copper heatsinks" on the Asus webpage now, so those are copper.
But all the rest where it dosent say anything....assume aluminium!!!

Just an FYI for all you ASUS board owners out there
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post #7 of 11
i cut the pipes off of mine as well and just left the cooling fin part over the mosfests...havent had any probs so far..
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And I just learned a lot. Thanks guys!!
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post #9 of 11
no problem, post back if you run into and problems,
i just cut the pipe, left about 1cm of pipe extra and then pressed on that part really hard to seal it off, worked fine for me
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post #10 of 11
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I think i'm just gonna go ahead and mount both chipset coolers and then cut the pipes off at the end of the heatsinks. The 2 heatsinks mount directly above (and are connected to) the voltage regulators and so the heat pipes are not needed as the pipes just pull heat away from the chipsets.
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