Memory and chipset cooling units are either separate heatsink devices with accessory fans or integrated heatsink-fan devices. They are one among other cooling units on desktop, laptop and notebook computer motherboards, and attached to voltage-regulated modules to prevent circuitry overheating or melting. Memory cooling fans and heatsinks are specifically for the computer’s central processing unit (CPU) and memory chipset (the Northbridge chipset). They ensure seamless and efficient data-transfer functions, including menu commands and multitasking. Newegg offers a vast selection of cross-compatible and computer-specific memory heatsinks and fans for a range of models, including both replacements and tech upgrades.
CPUs and chipsets are electronic units requiring voltage conversion that generates high heat. Maintaining a cool operating environment around the CPU and chipsets not only prevents them from breaking down, but also supports a much more efficient, more rapid data-transfer process. A CPU and chipset heatsink features rows of fins, pins or bars extending up from the base, with spaces between each surface area. The surface attracts the heat, and the spacing between the fins provides the avenue for the accompanying fan to disperse the heat.
Most existing CPUs and chipsets each have separate heatsinks and accompanying cooling fans. The major CPU manufacturers, Intel® and AMD (makers of Radeon™ technology), are now combining the two into integrated units, in turn requiring integrated heatsinks and cooling fans. These units are some of the tech upgrades that are available, along with replacement CPU fans and heatsinks for all computers.
The wide variety of cooling fans provide a range of power, from 3000-3499rpm up to more than 7000rpm. The fans can move a lot of dissipated heat, from 1-5 cubic feet per minute (CFM) up to 20-25 CPM. Their powerful motors operate quietly, many times at audio-corrected A-weighted decibels (dBA) way below 25dBA, or the loudness of a person whispering in a quiet room.
Replacement heatsinks and fans are DIY installs, along with an array of other DIY cooling accessories for CPUs and chipsets. Fans are straightforward plug and screw-down installations. Heatsinks attach to the top of CPUs with clamps to prevent heat from becoming trapped between the two units. Besides separate and integrated heatsink units, other product choices include heatsink-removal tools, enabling DIYers to detach the heatsink from the CPU safely for new installs, as well as the thermal compound itself to apply a new one.
Always make sure the heatsink, fan or accessory unit matches your exact CPU and chipset footprint, including radiator-style water and liquid cooling units that can supplement existing cooling equipment. Newegg offers all the necessary specs you’ll need to select the appropriate cross-compatible and computer-specific cooling units for your exact motherboard configuration.