Motherboard Chipset Cooler Roundup

Cooling/VGA & Other Cooling by mich_vm @ 2006-08-12

Six heatsinks, one chipset, and a truckload full screws. We mount these little metal blocks onto a hot nForce4 motherboard to find out which one cools best and is most SLI friendly.

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Introduction - coolers tested and test setup


The market for third party chipset coolers has not been a very big one, but now with hotter motherboard chipsets from NVIDIA its gaining popularity and more manufacturers are listening to the consumers needs. Many motherboards using this chipset were either badly cooled (when overclocking) or relied on a small fan that had to spin incredibly and was very noisy.

Choosing a decent chipset cooler that fits your needs is not only a matter of knowing if it's worth your money, the overall design of the cooler will most likely be a crucial factor in the equation. Having two cards running in SLI or simply using a card that's an inch too big could interfere with your brand new cooler and rendering it useless. In this roundup, we take a look at both performance of the coolers and whether SLI can still be used.

The contenders

In total, I tested six different chipset coolers from four different companies:

  • Zalman ZM-NBF47 (provided by Bacata)

  • Coolermaster Blue Ice
  • Coolermaster Blue Ice Pro

  • Jing Ting JTS-0005
  • Jing Ting JTS-0006

  • Thermalright HR-05 (provided by Bacata)

  • Test Setup

    Mich_vm's test setup
    CPU AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Winchester core (stock)
    Cooling Zalman CNPS 7000Cu
    Mainboard Asus A8N SLI deluxe
    Memory 2 * 512Mb PC3200 Corsair ValueSelect
    Video XFX Geforce 6600GT
  • OCZ Powerstream 420Watt PSU
  • 160Gb Maxtor ATA HDD
  • BenQ DW1655 16x DVD writer
  • 17" Samsung Syncmaster 730BF

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