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Well, I am back... and my feelings of this cooler are VERY mixed. I will write up more later.
     
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As promised, I have wrote up my thoughts on the cooler.
     
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You know, to this day I still don't know why DFI decided to redesign the board layout and put the CPU socket almost dead center on the PCB. I can offer two speculative ideas why, though: One is that, with the CPU at almost dead center, the heaviest part of the system assembly (i.e., the CPU + cooler) is in the middle, which theoretically most evenly distributes the weight stress exerted on the PCB. The other possible benefit is to shorten the traces from the CPU to the rest of the board.

Other than that, I don't know why DFI made such a curious design decision; it's almost completely unique to the S939 LANParty UT-series motherboards.

Joe, it's probably a combination of both. Factor in cost savings to that equation and I think you've got a winner.


BLitz, sorry to hear that your Noctua didn't live up to the hype


Well, I took the NB cooler off again and it indeed is a NF4 Ultra chipset. But I figured while I was at it I'll put in both video cards. Well, because these 768 MB versions have this ridiculous heatsink on the top of them, that proved to be impossible. So I pulled the top heatsink off of 1 of the cards. Lo and behold I ran out of ICD7 :swearing:

And now I've got a dilema. Is this heatsink really doing anything? The heatsink sits above the PCB about 4mm. The TIM (or whatever it is) is also 4mm thick, and from as far as I can tell it's all rubber. How is sthis supposed to cool anything? The TIM is so thick I can't see any sort of heat transfer happening there. What do you guys think? I'll probably wind up making another post in the GPU section, but I'd like your guys opinion first.
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Blitz, sorry to hear the bad news. Have you tried other fans to see if there is any difference? Perhaps one that pushes more air? I understand you're shooting for quietness but it wouldn't hurt for testing.

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And now I've got a dilema. Is this heatsink really doing anything? The heatsink sits above the PCB about 4mm. The TIM (or whatever it is) is also 4mm thick, and from as far as I can tell it's all rubber. How is sthis supposed to cool anything? The TIM is so thick I can't see any sort of heat transfer happening there. What do you guys think? I'll probably wind up making another post in the GPU section, but I'd like your guys opinion first.
BlackOmega, are you referring to the rubber mats that cover the BGA memory? I think those are a substitute for the thermal compound. I would think the heatsink for the GPU would be the most important. Can you include a picture so we better understand your situation? Thanks

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Here's a link to it.

And now lets say I cant get away with leaving it off of one of the cards, do you think I could use both of them on my CFX to fold? Since theyre not going ot be X-fired, I was just curious to see if it would work with both cards.

EDIT: Its the heatsink on the top of the card. Not that actual fan/cooler on the bottom side of it.
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zomg!!!!!, my athlon 4000 arrived today, i would take pics but its 9:40 pm and my camera doesn't take good pics with my energy saving lighting, lol.

i need some thermal paste and i'll post a cpu-z screeny in the coming days
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Blitz, sorry to hear the bad news. Have you tried other fans to see if there is any difference? Perhaps one that pushes more air? I understand you're shooting for quietness but it wouldn't hurt for testing.
I have not. Unlike the SI-128, it is a beast to change the fan on the cooler. I will maybe try putting on the putrid brown NH-P12 fan that came with it to see if that makes any difference.
     
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Here's a link to it.

And now lets say I cant get away with leaving it off of one of the cards, do you think I could use both of them on my CFX to fold? Since theyre not going ot be X-fired, I was just curious to see if it would work with both cards.

EDIT: Its the heatsink on the top of the card. Not that actual fan/cooler on the bottom side of it.
BlackOmega, that is strange. This is the first time I've seen such a cooler on the other side of the video card. What is underneath the heatsink? If the heatsink is making contact with components then I would assume it's advisable to keep it on.

Let us know

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I have not. Unlike the SI-128, it is a beast to change the fan on the cooler. I will maybe try putting on the putrid brown NH-P12 fan that came with it to see if that makes any difference.
Blitz, aren't the fans attached via "clips"? It literally takes half a minute to switch out a fan on my SI-128. Maybe you have a different setup then me

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I would presume that since the cards with more RAM have the coolers and the others do not, I would presume the heatsink on the back side is cooling the additional RAM.

Regards the clips: the SI-128 clips are a snap to put on. The NH-C12P clips are not. I swear the clips are too small for their application. Further, unlike the SI-128, if you do not have them attached to a fan, they fall off.
     
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