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hey, I was just wondering what everyone is running for chipset cooling on their boards since Asus has had several issues with the stock coolers failing. I'm hoping to maybe put together a list of compatable heatsinks/coolers that will work, if they need any modification to work and if they work with SLI and aftermarket vga cooling...etc.

I'll start:

I tried both the old and new style Asus coolers and had problems w/ both so I ended up with a Zalman ZM-NB47J cooler (the little blue one)
http://www.zalman.co.kr/usa/product/...dx=71&code=014
I added a 40mm Evercool fan to add a bit more airflow accross the cooler
http://xoxide.com/40evbalbearf.html

This solution is easy to install, it is cheap and it allows you to still run SLI. I know for a fact that it works with dual MSI 6600GT's and with my Evga 7800GT. I do not know if it will fit with upgraded vga cooling though. I do not believe it will work with the Arctic Cooling Silencer, but I think the Zalman VF-700 will work.

I'm interested to hear what others are using for their cooling solution.
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I haven't had any problems with my chipset cooler. What kind of probs are you refering to? And on what cooler, you mentioned two different ones from Asus?

I do know that another taller than the little chrome one with the fan inside won't work with the NVsilencer, in SLI. I have SLi 6600GT's both with AC NVsilencers on them and I can barely plug my HDD to the mobo. The ones fan sits right over the chipset cooler.
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I haven't had any problems with my chipset cooler. What kind of probs are you refering to? And on what cooler, you mentioned two different ones from Asus?

I do know that another taller than the little chrome one with the fan inside won't work with the NVsilencer, in SLI. I have SLi 6600GT's both with AC NVsilencers on them and I can barely plug my HDD to the mobo. The ones fan sits right over the chipset cooler.
There have been problems with the fan dieing on that board. I have the Premium model though, so I get heat pipes
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my chipset fan just died so i bought a new one and install it. everythings fine now
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It's known issue that the fans on the older revisions can die pretty quickly, but if you call ASUS up and tell them they're supposed to send you a new one right away.
    
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It's known issue that the fans on the older revisions can die pretty quickly, but if you call ASUS up and tell them they're supposed to send you a new one right away.
yes, sorry for not being clear the first time. I am referring the the NF4 cooler. Asus has 2 versions of the fan. the original fan is known to fail quite regularly, and even when it works it is known to have an annoying high pitched whail.
If you call Asus and tell them that your fan died they will send you a new one. After I had problems with my original fan I called Asus and they sent me a new one. The new style fan is mounted diagonally instead of at 90 degree angles. The new fan that Asus sent me died about a day after I installed it.

That is why I have the Zalman cooler.
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The fan on mine is going strong. Its second hand, don't know if PetrolHead changed it for a new one before I got it...
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There have been problems with the fan dieing on that board. I have the Premium model though, so I get heat pipes
Don't you use the Zalman's though (fyi: same two as I use)?
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How long did you have the board before the fan died? I've had mine for 10 months and haven't had a problem. The one i have is the one that blows down on the chip, not across it. Is this the first version of it then?
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i just WC my chipset with a DD maze 4. Keeps my chipset positively chilly, and increases stability. YAY
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