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What's a good northbridge cooler?

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Bonka

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I've got an ABit ST6 and it has a green heatsink over the northbridge. It does get warm a lot. Although I don't have any unstability issues, cooling it down may help improve my temps or increase stability further.

I'm not sure which fan/hs I should attach to the northbridge. I'd like to use those 2 mounts to install it but I don't know of any chipset coolers, or regular coolers for that matter that are like this.

Blue orbs and crystal orbs seem to be the most popular for cooling the northbridge. According to the specs, the blue orb performs slightly better than the crystal. Anyways, are there any other good chipset coolers out there? This is for aircooling of course. Should I go nuts and glue a chrome orb or something onto my greeny?
 

Darrenct

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Most heatsinks keep a chipset pretty close to ambient. If you want to get better temps, you may want to stick a pelt in there. Either Orb has enough thermal resistance to dicipate the heat from a 36 watt pelt on the chipset. You can get a small chipset pelt here. It only draws 3.9 amps max, so any decent PSU will barely even notice it.

As far as mounting goes, I think Arctic Silver adhesive is becoming a way of life...
 

Dissolved

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Darrenct said:
Most heatsinks keep a chipset pretty close to ambient. If you want to get better temps, you may want to stick a pelt in there. Either Orb has enough thermal resistance to dicipate the heat from a 36 watt pelt on the chipset. You can get a small chipset pelt here. It only draws 3.9 amps max, so any decent PSU will barely even notice it.

As far as mounting goes, I think Arctic Silver adhesive is becoming a way of life...

wow, i never thought of useing a pelt that small.. i wonder if that would help any... YAY more mod money wasting idea's!
i wonder if a Corb could handle that pelt.. or if my psu would have that extra 4amps to spare.. thanks for the awesome idea..
and If i were you id get a Corb. some ppl say there not has good as the Borb, but i think if you took the cover off, then ud get more airflow, and that maybe the difference between the 2 seeing the Borb doesnt have a top plate.
 

Darrenct

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I wish thermaltake would post a thermal resistance for the Corb. I also agree that it is at least as functional as the Blorb, if not more.

As far as the pelt goes, I did the calcs once, and I know the Blorb has ample cooling to take the heat of a 36 Watt Pelt. I'm sure it would get your temps well down there... A chipset probably doesn't even put out 10 watts of heat.
 

Yodums

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Alpha's IU15 cooler. It has a copper base, and its much better than an orb. I just don't if epoxy will hold it down so great, where your going to have to find some type of clip and modification for it.
 

Dissolved

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Darrenct said:
I wish thermaltake would post a thermal resistance for the Corb. I also agree that it is at least as functional as the Blorb, if not more.

As far as the pelt goes, I did the calcs once, and I know the Blorb has ample cooling to take the heat of a 36 Watt Pelt. I'm sure it would get your temps well down there... A chipset probably doesn't even put out 10 watts of heat.

well im gonna try for 1.9ghz on my 1900+ so i may try this! im gonna PM a few ppl and see what they think..