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Chipset and GFX coolers
This is the latest evil in the computer industry, motherboard and
graphics chips generate more heat than ever, and thus require
fans to operate within specs. I can only think of three ways
to fix this rather nasty problem:
Sorry, but there are no more ways to fix chipset and gfx coolers
that I know of. If your fan is on a graphics card, my advice would
be to buy a new one without a fan, but if that's not an option,
there are still other ways.
- Replace the fan
- Most chipset fans are 40x40x10mm, and Papst/EBM makes an excellent
replacement fan called 412FM, however, many gfx cards and chipsets
use special mountings for the fans, which makes it impossible to
replace the fan with a standard fan. If this is the case you will
need to buy another chipset cooler and then replace the fan.
Fortunately I haven't had this problem myself yet. :)
- Replace the heatsink/fan combo with a large heatsink
- This would be my preferred solution, but you should beware that
the risk of overheating can be pretty high, so be sure to monitor
the temperature. It might be a good idea to combine a large
heatsink with ducting or a slot cooler, both could use low-noise
80mm fans as listed on the case fans page.
- Water cooling
- Just as with CPUs, you can use water cooling
to get the heat out of the box without a lot of noise. However,
you'll need to use thermal epoxy to affix the water jacket to
the chip, so the procedure might not be reversible.
Ok, if you've disposed of your small whiny chipset/gfx coolers,
go on to the
hard drive >>>
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