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Heatsink for Abit KN8 / Athlon X2 (939)


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Hello all,

I recently picked up an Abit KN8 motherboard to use with a leftover Athlon X2 from a computer with a failed motherboard (that's another story...). I was surprised to discover that the heatsink from the other motherboard was incompatible with the new motherboard, despite having the same CPU socket.

My heatsink has 4 screwholes, one at each corner. The new motherboard has only 2 screwholes, on opposite sides. There is also a plasic mounting bracket, with two clips on alternating corners.

So, my question is this:
How can I tell if a new heatsink will fit on my motherboard/bracket? I had assumed I would just reuse the old one, or search by the socket type (939). If possible, I'd like to buy an aftermarket one with a focus on being quiet--does anyone have advice about this?


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I should add, the motherboard CPU fan connector has only 3 pins, not 4.
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Any standard AM2/939 heatsink should be fine because the lugs are virtually in the same place. Third-party heatsinks are available that don't use the plastic lugs but you don't find them as standard on the boards. That being said you may want to take a picture and share it with us just to be sure.

Regarding the fan connector - matters not about the number of pins. It'll be keyed anyway so you can only connect it one way.

Edited by Neil Jones, 01 March 2010 - 03:12 AM.

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You can use any AMD socket fan.

@Neil Jones nice sig! The binary one made me lol!
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