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    Replacement chipset fan

    My chipset fan seems to be going on my Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe and I need a replacement. Trouble is it has be be relatively low-profile (no more than the stock one) due to the video card, otherwise I'd use the spare Zalman ZM-NB32K I have. The Akasa blue LED fan at Scan looks too tall at 20mm. Anyone know a good Northbridge HSF that would fit the bill?

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    Zalman passive - snap some fins off so the card fits, works a treat and about 4 quid.
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    like clunk said

    Zalman ZM-NB32K North Bridge chipset Heatsink
    jobs a good un

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    Yeah I'll third that, exactly what I done too and it actually gave better temps than the stock chipset fan did!

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    Fourthed. Same motherboard I did it to too.

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    As advised get one of the Zalman coolers.

    I modded one some time ago to replace a noisy and useless cooler on a MSI mobo (because it interfered with the graphics card).

    After mod was done and I installed it, I realised I didn't need to mod it as the graphics card had to be installed in the other slot (SLi)

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    I have the Zalman, just like I said, but it doesn't fit. Not at all. I'd have to snap all the fins off, maybe I could keep one. And my second SLI slot is not useable on its own.

    Ah well, found a more expensive passive cooler that looks like it will fit - Thermalright HR-05-SLI.

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    This one is low profile,
    http://www.thecoolingshop.com/produc...roducts_id/907

    I have one fitted underneath my graphic card.


    or maybe this,
    http://www.shinyhardware.co.uk/produ...t_Cooler/5511/
    This one is very pupular among DFI users to replace the original chipset fan.

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    the Evercool VC-RE is good i had 1 on my dfi mobo, but it didn't fit commando. Neither did the iceberg which i also have, used it on an msi 754 board, it's another good cooler.

    Both interfered with caps & were actually especially the evercool to bigger footprint.

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    Hmm, then probably you should go for Thermalright HR-05-SLI. I heard it's a good cooler although it's bit pricey compared with others. (I thought Clunk had one in his system?) I did some research while ago but these are the only low profile ones I could find in UK. There were some other coolers in Asia... but it seemed they are hard to obtain in this country, you see.

    ...oops, looks like my DDR4 is loose. I have to snap it in. Seeya. lol

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    I do have the Hr-05 non sli on the SB, but to be honest, it is no better than the zalman passive mod. I cut the zalman down to fit on an SLI-D and it worked perfectly, even when flanked by a pair of graphics cards, and that was with a load of fins removed.
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    Nice one notsobig, I've heard that as an idea before but never seen it.
    How good a job does it do? I stuck one of them on my old fx5600 back when I had it and it worked well.

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    It's better than passive cooler my mobo came with so it's ok I guess....but to be honest I expected more. I think springs tension is little too weak, the cooler kind of moves too easily without applying too much power which is not good sign.

    ....mem stick fixed

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    If I wasn't waiting for the next gen graphics cards to come out before buying a DX10 one then I could have used it as an excuse to upgrade as the 8800 coolers seem shorter than my 7900GTX one. The fact that the NB is on a slant doesn't help much either. I had the Zalman in place before I got the 7900.

    I have more money than free time at present so I'll get the Thermalright. It'll give me the excuse to see how quiet I can make my case - I have a couple of low speed fans I have hanging around that can replace the existing Antecs.

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