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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-19-2019, 12:40 AM - Thread Starter
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Gigabyte X570-I Aorus Pro Chipset Fan Upgrade

As many of you who own this board know, the tiny 30mm fan on this motherboard is pretty useless in terms of keeping the chipset cool and staying quiet. So I've decided to upgrade the fan with a standard 40mm fan.

Few things needed for the upgrade
1. 40mm fan, I recommend the Noctua A4x10 PWM/FLX, the board seems to be able to control both 3 pin and 4 pin fans from the chipset fan header so it doesn't really matter, however the PWM version theortically should be a lower minimum RPM. I used a sunon 40mm fan I had lying around but I'll upgrade to a Noctua fan in the near future

2. The 2 partially threaded screws that come with the original chipset cooler.

3. 2x plastic spacers, you'll need to mount the fan with these spacers as the chipset heatsink isnt flat, the upper part (CPU socket side) has some raised sections for whatever reason, and doesnt allow you to flush mount the fan, therefore you need to raise the fan with these spacers to mount the fan "hovering" above the heatsink. YMMV but I needed 2x ~6.2mm spacers to clear the threaded part of the screw to get a perfect fit. These spacers are from some coolermaster case front fan mounts and I just cut them down to size.

4. (Optional) GPU micro 4-Pin fan header and spare 4 Pin extension. Gigabyte has decided to make this upgrade even more annoying by using a GPU fan header to power the chipset fan. This part isnt really nessesary if you have a fan header free or already have some other way to power the fan, but since I didnt want to lose the only system fan header, I decided to make this adaptor which will allow me to plug in a standard 4 pin fan into the chipset fan header.

After you have prepared all your parts you can assemble the fan onto the motherboard. The hole spacing for the scew holes is *just* wide enough to clear both mounting holes for the 40mm fan. You will need to fiddle with it a little bit to get it to fasten down properly without breaking anything.

This upgrade will still allow you to use the M.2 slot under the fan as the spacers will raise the fan enough to clear the M.2 drive.

The chipset temp now hovers around 60C and the fan cycles on much less. Keep in mind I'm running a 5700 XT so the chipset is running at full PCI-E 4.0

If the board for some reason needs to be RMA'ed its very easy to undo the mod and install the original heatsink fan back onto the mobo.
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Sounds like a cool mod, no pun intended.

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I've seen people in Asia remove the entire chipset fan heatsink (the top part that is removable to put he M.2 heatsink) and make it entirely passive.
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Then the small fan of the PCH finally removed it, and the heat sink was added to enhance the heat dissipation.
Originally about 50 degrees changed to 60 degrees, it is acceptable

Basically they just put a finned heatsink on top of the M.2 location.

edit: also see gdm review, you probably can leave it on silent mode

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