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COOLER MASTER SLC-S41-U1 Aluminum Fan & Heatsinks
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Nice LEDs, nice fan. It's keeping an MSI K8N Neo3-F nForce 4 northbridge under 38C idle.

Cons: After reading other reviews, I decided not even to try the included adhesive setup and instead ordered Arctic Silver AATA-5G thermal adhesive. To use it I, of course, had to remove the existing stuff from this sink. It took a while to clean it to the point of being able to see only metal, and I gave up after clearing just enough bare space for the chip. It really does not want to come off at room temperature, but heating it could sink it into the chip and impair the operation of aftermarket thermal compound.

Other Thoughts: I really wish there could be a standard method of attaching chipset coolers (like for CPU coolers) so we wouldn't need an adhesive setup...

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Arctic Silver Arctic Alumina 5g Thermal Adhesive Set AATA-5G
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Comes with a little mixing wand. Decent mixing time. Holds decently strong. Currently keeping my northbridge under 100F/38C -- quite good.

Cons: I went to test the bond after the first time, and the heatsink came off without much force. However! I redid it using slightly more of this compound, and now I can pick up the whole board (including a three-pound CPU cooler) by the cooler attached with this compound.

Other Thoughts: Pay attention to the instructions on the Arctic Silver website. I'm using it to hold a Cooler Master SLC-S41-U1 chipset HS/Fan to an MSI K8N Neo3-F northbridge. The stock fan died after one year of service.

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MSI K8N NEO3-F 754 NVIDIA nForce4 4X ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: The upgrade from an ECS 754 board was immediately noticeable right out of the first boot nearly a year ago. For its time the nForce4 chipset was blazing-fast, top of the line. It still holds a place today, but its 754 implementation is no doubt losing viability. Plenty of room on the board, nice if you want to install a massive CPU cooler. I personally haven't, but it is possible to center a 120mm over the CPU and still clear the case fans. If your cooler is low, however, you will need to worry about the RAM placement. Overall good layout and PCB labeling.

Cons: This board has taught me to be wary of motherboards offering a northbridge fan. I wish I had known then what I know now, that any northbridge fan placed on a motherboard in this range will probably not stand the test of time. Just short of one year of operation, my fan gave out. I removed the tiny heatsink and applied some silver-based thermal compound, and pointed a 120mm fan at it pending the arrival of a Cooler Master SLC-S41-U1 chipset cooler and Artic Silver's Arctic Alumina thermal adhesive (AATA-5G). If you buy this board, or any board with a chipset fan, take no risks. Purchase an aftermarket chipset cooler at the start.

Other Thoughts: Will be removing this board soon in favor of a 939 dual core. However, I do still hope to get another year or two's use out of it and my Athlon 3400+ as a low-traffic server/general second computer.

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Alexander M.'s Profile

Display Name: Alexander M.

Date Joined: 11/16/04

  • Reviews: 26
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 11/29/04
  • Last Review: 12/20/06
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