How-To use an 80mm with no effort — Juan
I have an SK-6 with a NIDEC 80mm fan @ 2900 rpm (very quiet). It originally came with the Delta 38, which almost screwed up my computer because I plugged it into the rpm monitoring connectors on my motherboard. I later plugged it directly to the power supply plugs.
About 3 days later, I was ready to pull out my hair – I couldn’t stand the noise. I had to do something, so I swapped the Delta 38 for a 60mm Y.S. Tech FD1260257B-2A; this was a bit quieter but still noisy. I wanted to put a 80mm fan, I couldn’t find an adapter that would work with the SK-6.
Then one day it dawned on me: Damn! If I turn the 80mm a few degrees, the clips from the heaksink can hold an 80mm fan very nicely, as you can see in the pic (sorry for the crappy pic – I don’t have a digital
The fan would wiggle around a little if I moved it, so I later soldered small copper pieces on each top corner of the heatsink, using plumbers solder (not shown in pic – I just figured that one out not too long ago).
The copper pieces hold the fan very snug, PERFECT!
Sure it looks crappy, tilted a few degrees, but it’s many times quieter than the Delta 38 on my non-overclocked system – an Athlon 1333 on a Gygabyte GA-7DX (I know it’s not an overclocker’s board – I jumped into DDR head first. If you recall, this was one of the first DDR boards out there, this is my reliable computer, I must have a computer that works all the time).
The Athlon 1333 is challenge to cool even when not oveclocked!