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Cooling NF7-S v.2 Norht/South Bridge's

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Radical

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If you're using the onboard sound on that NF7-S then a good way to tell whether you need a sink on the SB or not is if you get crackling in your sound after you've been playing games or listening to music for a while.

The stock heatsink should be fine on the NB, but you may want to take it off, lap it, and put it back on with some AS5 or Ceramique. One of those Zalmans would be great for the SB.

and WELCOME TO THE FORUMS!!!!!
 

braze

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I stuck that zalman on my nf7, just to get rid of the fan. It didn't really reduce my overall noise, but it's one less thing that draws juice and is one less thing that can break...

I got mine for five bucks here: http://www.bestbyte.net/ and they charge less for shipping than SVC generally (I checked out both stores before ordering)

I think it's gone up a dollar since though.
 
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mylescloutier

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@ CircuitBreaker8 - Thanks alot, but, I'm Canadian, and that store isn't. :D

@Radical - Thanks for the welcome. I will be using 2.1 (Logitech Z3's).

@braze - Heh. I'm still Canadian. :p Thanks though.

@Tebore - Thanks, I didn't know. Better you then a mod.

Well, I think I'm just gonna get it. It's cheap why not right?

Thanks for the kindness!
 

weapon

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I lean towards the overkill route but I built a waterblock for the n.bridge on my nf7-s -- then I added a cold plate with an 80w pelt. Since the cpu is cooled with phase change, I used a BIX rad and a smaller Iwaki pump to circulate water thru the n.bridge cooling loop which is all 1/2" ID just because that was the stuff I had left over from my last little project. It seems to keep the n.bridge at a comfortable 0 C or so. :D

pic of the block after it was insulated:
nbridgersd.jpg

the plexi-mounting plate in that pic was one I chopped out quickly just to test the block and has since been replaced with a nicer looking one.
 

HousERaT

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If you're not trying to spend a fortune you can get the iceberq copper hs. It's basically the same nb cooler that comes with the nf7-s but it's copper and the set comes with a nb and sb aluminum cheapo heatsink set. I'm running this on my nf7 setup. worth investigating.....
 

pauldenton

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weapon said:
I lean towards the overkill route but I built a waterblock for the n.bridge on my nf7-s -- then I added a cold plate with an 80w pelt. Since the cpu is cooled with phase change, I used a BIX rad and a smaller Iwaki pump to circulate water thru the n.bridge cooling loop which is all 1/2" ID just because that was the stuff I had left over from my last little project. It seems to keep the n.bridge at a comfortable 0 C or so. :D

you're pelting your NB?? - your electricity company must love customers like you..... ;)
 

Tebore

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HousERaT said:
If you're not trying to spend a fortune you can get the iceberq copper hs. It's basically the same nb cooler that comes with the nf7-s but it's copper and the set comes with a nb and sb aluminum cheapo heatsink set. I'm running this on my nf7 setup. worth investigating.....

The Zalman's the same price or cheaper in some cases and I find it cools slightly better. But Can't complain about the goodies you get with the Iceberg package.
 

HousERaT

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the zalmans are nice especially if you have a fan aimed at them. You could do well either way..... :p
 

clocker2

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I have used the Zalman on my northbridge to good effect.
Watch out if you want to try it on the southbridge though, it's height can interfere with your video card (my card also has a Zalman passive heatpipe cooler on it and takes up more room than a stock cooled card would).
 

weapon

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pauldenton said:
you're pelting your NB?? - your electricity company must love customers like you..... ;)
lol. yeah, they still won't let me have 3 phase power though....the bastages.

pelting the n.bridge in combination with phase change on the CPU had a nice benefit - after I insulated everything on the board, it chills the better part of the upper half of the board. Even the DDR is getting a bit of a chill out of it.
 

PCGUY112887

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Does anyone know if that zalman will hit on a NF7-S with a SP-97 on it? It looks like it would be a tight fit... I need to get rid of the stock NB fan because my CPU fan is so strong, it's blowing air right through my heatsinck, down onto my NB, and it like hits the fan in an odd way to make a lot of noise. I can stick something up there to stop the air from hitting it and it will stop the noise, but I don't want to cut off airflow comming out of the side of my heatsinck.