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    Do Heatpipes work with Mobo Inverted

    I am currently planning to upgrade my pc to a conroe system using either :-
    1) Abit AW9D-Max i975X or
    2) Abit IN9 32X-MAX NF680i SLI
    My case is a Lian Li V2000B+
    As you can see from here
    Lian Li V2000B+ = Inverted ATX
    the motherboard is mounted as an inverted atx - cpu at the bottom.

    I understand from several sources that some heatpipes will only work if mounted in the conventional way. egMobo heatpipes in reversed chassis (like Lian Li V600)

    Evidently the coolant inside the heatpipes only cools the chipset if the chipset is mounted low. I believe that a wick is required in the heatpipes to eneble operation in any direction.

    The threads are full og ifs buts & maybe I can find no definative answer.

    Can someone please confirm the situation on the above mobos.
    1)Does it prohibit running the mobo in this orientation. ?
    2)Does it just reduce cooling efficiency by a couple of degrees.
    3)Or is everything fine & I needn't worry

    thanks

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    I am afraid allof our heat pips are not the wick type. Therefore, this case will not work with our boards.
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    Thanks for prompt if sad answer ABIT Mickey.
    I supose using aftermarket coolers such as :-
    Swiftech MCX159 - Northbridge & Evercool VC-RE Chipset Cooler - Southbridge
    would invalidate Guarantee ??

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    the official answer is ^ but at least 1 guy has run an AW9D upside down & said that it worked OK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supershanks View Post
    Thanks for prompt if sad answer ABIT Mickey.
    I supose using aftermarket coolers such as :-
    Swiftech MCX159 - Northbridge & Evercool VC-RE Chipset Cooler - Southbridge
    would invalidate Guarantee ??
    Using an aftermaket coolers will not affect the warranty as long as you don't use a stick on cooler. As these have been know to damage the northbridge.

    Also keep the heatpipe just in case you ever need to return the motherboard.

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    Thanks Sean, that's what i'll go with have already got the coolers i mentioned having played with them on my current dfi board. Will certainly hang on to the heatpipe.
    I only got the case in june but am loath to change it as it really is great. I'm pretty sure i'll go with the Abit IN9 32X-MAX NF680i SLI, around the end of january i hope.

    thanks all for clarrification.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABIT Mickey View Post
    I am afraid allof our heat pips are not the wick type. Therefore, this case will not work with our boards.
    Erm I have the exact same motherboard and case, the heatpipes work GREAT for me.


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    MODDED with AS5 achieiving 8 degree TEMP drop on the chipset without putting the liquid in yet
    Has probably helped . I must say i've done thiat on my last 2 mobos & it does make a difference having seen between 5~8C as you found. I think on balance i'll go straight to the aftermarket coolers which in fairness i've found give a still better performance. The Swiftech MCX159 in particular is excelent only reason i'm not using it currently is it blocks my 1st gfx slot.

    Your water cooling gets round the only other potential bannana skin. Our case doesn't leave any room for overhang, that is required using a large cpu air cooler. I reckon my current XP-90C will fit with the LGA775 RM kit, but my plans for a bigger unit such as Thermalright SI128 or Noctua NH-U12F are out as they need around 1.3cm overhang.

    So i might be turning to water cooling earlier than planned or modding the rear of the PSU/Mobo Compartment shelf.

    thanks 4 input

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    There seems to be a few of you saying they work fine upside down? Im going to have a look into to this. I know the original heat pipes from the 939 & 775 had problems running upside down. I think some testing might be in order.

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    Great thanks. Look forward to hearing result

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABIT Sean View Post
    There seems to be a few of you saying they work fine upside down? Im going to have a look into to this. I know the original heat pipes from the 939 & 775 had problems running upside down. I think some testing might be in order.
    Here are my findings.

    There is a 0.6 degree difference in temps give or take.

    So the official answer is yes the AW9D MAX will be OK in a inverted case.

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    Wow that's an impressive turnround, expected a few days many thanks Sean. Hope my mobo is as good as the support

    Cheers.
    Last edited by Supershanks; 16-12-2006 at 12:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supershanks View Post
    Wow that's an impressive turnround, expected a few days many thanks Sean. Hope my mobo is as good as the support

    Cheers.
    sean probably just flipped his case upside down

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    sean probably just flipped his case upside down
    Lol Yea, but.......
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