I have an Abit NF7-S motherboard and the stock Northbridge Chipset fan it came with started making noise and burned out recently. I have pretty good air cooling in my case now and just need to replace this one part. My case is the Antec Nine Hundred with the lower 120mm intake front fan moved to the top. I am writing this to ask your opinion about what to replace it with.
My first thought is to get a passive heatsink and never worry about it again while cutting down on the noise. So, the first one I was considering was the Zalman ZM-NB32K, but I read the dimensions and saw that it was too tall to fit next to my current CPU Cooler (Thermaltake Big Typhoon).
Therefore, I need a short (<10mm in height) passive heatsink, but I haven't been able to find one sold separately. The only thing I have found is the Vantec Iceberq, which is a fan, but it has both NB and SB passive heatsinks included in the box which require thermal tape to apply.
I have heard conflicting opinions about a passive heatsink on a NB chipset (some have said you must have a fan and some have said they don't use anything at all), so here's my questions:
Have you heard any problems with a passive heatsink on a NB chipset?
Do you discourage the use of a passive heatsink on a NB chipset?
Do you think these heatsinks will be adequate or is a fan mandatory?
Can you recommend anything better than the Iceberq which must be less than 10mm in height?
I'd like to hear from everyone. The more opinions I have, the better.
Thanks in advance!
Edit: Also, my FSB is o/c to 400MHz and I will be playing a fair amount of 3D games.
Edited by UV_Power, 13 September 2008 - 08:20 PM.