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Mary C.

Mary C.

Joined on 10/03/12

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Most Favorable Review

So I got this in the mail today...

SilenX IXN-40C Copper Chipset Cooler
SilenX IXN-40C Copper Chipset Cooler

Pros: It's really heavy, something like 4X the mass of the old aluminum chipset heatsink on my board--it FEELS sturdy. It came with all mounting hardware, including a spring clip and a pair of pushpins, so it seems like it should fit a wide variety of boards, though I can only speak for mine--it also clears, if only just, my Coolermaster Hyper TX3 CPU heatsink. When I finally got the old chipset heatsink off and put the new one in its place, the temperature of my hot-running MCP-68S chipset dropped from something like 74C to around 49C--a nice 25C drop in temperature. Not bad for 13 bucks. The fan is fairly quiet (though I don't really care much about that, since there's a window unit AC and a fan in here, and I usually have earphones on while I'm on this machine anyway), and the blue LED looks kind of snazzy. I didn't use the included splodge of heatsink compound since I had also ordered a tube of Arctic Silver Céramique, but I can keep it for a rainy day.

Cons: So far, not many. When I put it on, the temperature in Everest read 46C at initial boot, but over the next couple of hours climbed to 49C. I'm not complaining too much, since it's still much, MUCH cooler than it had been running. It fit the motherboard--for the record, it WILL fit in the tiny space between the PCIe slot, the CPU socket and the RAM on a Biostar N68s+ board without trying to perform light surgery on the heatsink, but there isn't ANY room to spare, so do keep that in mind. And while it has this little sticky foam square for spacing, it seems really thin, it's very flimsy and it's kind of hard to place, and as a result, this thing kind of rocks on the chipset if you touch it just right. When I remove the CPU heatsink to upgrade processors, it's going to be like building a ship in a bottle to avoid disturbing the chipset heatsink. It really needs some sort of a metal or plastic shim to keep it from rocking, and maybe an extra pair of push-pins if you have to remove it to redo the heatsink compound. And I'm fairly certain that I'm not going to be adding memory with heat spreaders in the future, since I don't think I'm going to have the room, so if you're planning to overclock on a tiny, crowded board--I'm not--you may need to keep that in mind as well, depending on what kind of chipset you've got and where it's located.

Overall Review: I'm keeping an eye on it but I'm kind of impressed with its performance so far. Cooler components last longer than hotter ones, so I'd say it's $12.99 well spent, and I think I'd buy this thing again. I'd probably recommend it to anyone who thought they needed to keep a cooler chipset--it's almost certainly going to beat whatever garbage aluminum heatsink the factory sticks on their motherboard.

10/12/2012
Arctic Silver CMQ2-2.7G Céramique 2 Tri-Linear Ceramic Thermal Compound
Arctic Silver CMQ2-2.7G Céramique 2 Tri-Linear Ceramic Thermal Compound

Pros: I bought a fresh tube of this to go with a SilenX IXN-40C Copper Chipset Cooler, and got like a 25-30 degree drop in temperature from my MCP-68s chipset, so I can't really tell you how much of the drop is due to the heatsink compound and how much is due to the heavy copper chipset cooler. I CAN tell you that I removed the aluminum stock heatsink from the chipset a few weeks ago, carefully cleaned off the "pink bubblegum" with some Oops and a Q-tip and stuck it back on with a bit of Arctic Ceramique, and the temps dropped from 81c down to about 75c--which is still high, but marginally better than 80c. Your mileage may vary.

Cons: It's kind of thick and hard to spread (there ARE directions for properly applying it on the company's website, which would have been handy to know at the time, so I had to waste a little on the learning curve), and there really ISN'T very much in the tube.

Overall Review: Seems to work a bit better than Arctic Silver 3 or 5, and those are pretty good products too. I'd recommend this, and I'd buy it again. In fact, I probably will.

10/12/2012