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post #1 of 20
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sry, i couldn't really get good pictures. notice the silver circles next to the cpu,
Attachment 72617
and the hollow circles on the back
Attachment 72618
is it possible to drill these out without ruining the mobo?
sry if this is a dumb question.

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I wouldn't suggest it,glass epoxy tends to crack easy under stress, not to mention that though those pics are horribly out of focus, it appears they may be circuit traces through those areas.
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Thats socket a.
The heatsink clips to the edge of the socket.
Thats what the tangs are for.
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post #4 of 20
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Thats socket a.
The heatsink clips to the edge of the socket.
Thats what the tangs are for.
but if i want anything better than a square cooler, like a zalman, i need the holes.

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I wouldn't suggest it,glass epoxy tends to crack easy under stress, not to mention that though those pics are horribly out of focus, it appears they may be circuit traces through those areas.
sry those pics are the best i can do. but on the back there aren't any circuit traces(lines) through the circle.
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post #5 of 20
yep, plus the raised edge to clear the socket's plastic that protrudes above the cpu.
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Quote:
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but if i want anything better than a square cooler, like a zalman, i need the holes.
Well, go ahead and drill it out, I hope you dont mind scrapping a board though, because its 50/50 if it will work. Even if there is no traces, the stress of drilling might destroy nearby traces.. if you do it, make sure to have a diamond or diamond tip bit to drill with...
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Well, go ahead and drill it out, I hope you dont mind scrapping a board though, because its 50/50 if it will work. Even if there is no traces, the stress of drilling might destroy nearby traces.. if you do it, make sure to have a diamond or diamond tip bit to drill with...
ah...well said. i guess i'll stick to a clip-mounting cooler. thx for the help everyone!
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what board is that? looks like my Asus a7n8x
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what board is that? looks like my Asus a7n8x
its the hp version of the a7n8x, its an asus a7n8x-la.
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its the hp version of the a7n8x, its an asus a7n8x-la.
you got screwed. my a7n8x came with the holes drilled out. if you're feeling brave, drill it because you won't hit anything important. just don't crack it!
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