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Old 27th August 2006, 02:36   #1
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Hey all

I could an Epox Nforce 4 ultra board last janurary for an AMD X2 build and the board has worked out great, the only thing is that the stock HSF started making alot of noise almost out of the box and i replaced it with a zalman passive cooler. I bought it thinking that hey it's about 4 times the size of the stock chipset cooler perhaps that'll compensate for not having a fan. No such luck, any time i don't have constant air blowing on it i'll get a BSOD when i play anymore then 15 minutes of BF2 or Quake 4 because the northbridge will just get to hot. So therefore i'm doomed to have a loud 40mm fan pasted to the side.

My question is what would you all recommend for a nforce 4 ultra chipset cooler? I've been looking around at the vantec and titan coolers for the old school VGA cards because money is rather tight, and they are copper (zalman passive is aluminum).

I'm also interested in overclocking and could spend up to 30 bucks if the cooler is worth it.


Old 27th August 2006, 11:12   #2
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Try Thermaltake HR-05 or Coolermaster Blue Ice II.
Old 27th August 2006, 12:09   #3
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Old 27th August 2006, 13:36   #4
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the Zalman is just a bit difficult to fit depending on what graphics card you have (just fitted one with a friend and had problems getting past the Accellero cooler)
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Cooler Master Blue Ice II is horrible. It has the worst mounting system I have ever seen which actually causes thermal greass to be layerd between and cause a larger heatup, and have a loose, un-tight, attatchment. Not to mention that most nf4 chipsets are near the PCI-x16 slot(s), and the Cooler Master Blue Ice II causes them (it) to be un-usable

About the only good thing is the removable fan and blue led which eventually fadded away till it was barley visible in the dark and not at all in the light.

I ended up using my mobo's stock heatsink/fan. My mobo is the Abit Fatal1ty AN8-SLI.
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