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    Default Northbridge cooler for ASRock 970 Extreme 4

    Hello,

    Does anybody know of a northbridge cooler that is 100% for sure compatible with the ASRock 970 extreme 4 motherboard? I have looked at several, and they all say they are compatible with "most" intel and AMD setups, but I would really like to be sure before I buy one. Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by l_n_hughes View Post
    Hello,

    Does anybody know of a northbridge cooler that is 100% for sure compatible with the ASRock 970 extreme 4 motherboard? I have looked at several, and they all say they are compatible with "most" intel and AMD setups, but I would really like to be sure before I buy one. Thanks in advance for your assistance.
    I just built a new computer and the problem I ran into was finding a CPU cooler that would fit in the case with out hitting the side panel. From all the non stock style CPU coolers I looked at you want to look for one that is compatible with your processor then look up in the specs at its measurements to make sure it will clear your memory cards and not hit your side panel. That's what I had to do. Having enough clearance for the memory cards I bought wasn't a problem but finding one that wouldn't sit to high and hit the side panel took a while looking at about 20 different CPU coolers. I ended up buying a Cooler Master Hyper N520 that fit nicely and was easy to install. Looked up the motherboard you have and it supports AM3+ processor and the CPU cooler I bought doesn't show it supports that but I did see a few other models by Cooler Master that showed it supports AMD3+.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tplat View Post
    I just built a new computer and the problem I ran into was finding a CPU cooler that would fit in the case with out hitting the side panel. From all the non stock style CPU coolers I looked at you want to look for one that is compatible with your processor then look up in the specs at its measurements to make sure it will clear your memory cards and not hit your side panel. That's what I had to do. Having enough clearance for the memory cards I bought wasn't a problem but finding one that wouldn't sit to high and hit the side panel took a while looking at about 20 different CPU coolers. I ended up buying a Cooler Master Hyper N520 that fit nicely and was easy to install. Looked up the motherboard you have and it supports AM3+ processor and the CPU cooler I bought doesn't show it supports that but I did see a few other models by Cooler Master that showed it supports AMD3+.
    Thanks for your reply, but I already have an aftermarket CPU cooler. I am specifically looking for a northbridge chipset cooler. The northbridge chipset is that heatsink looking thing on your motherboard that sits close to your CPU and pci slots. Here is an example of an after market chipset cooler I'm considering. SilenX IXN-40C Copper Chipset Cooler - Newegg.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by l_n_hughes View Post
    Thanks for your reply, but I already have an aftermarket CPU cooler. I am specifically looking for a northbridge chipset cooler. The northbridge chipset is that heatsink looking thing on your motherboard that sits close to your CPU and pci slots. Here is an example of an after market chipset cooler I'm considering. SilenX IXN-40C Copper Chipset Cooler - Newegg.com
    Oh ok I thought you were talking about a cpu cooler.

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    Center to center, what's your NB mounting measure across the holes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by - wardog - View Post
    Center to center, what's your NB mounting measure across the holes?
    I don't have a very accurate measuring tool here, or the room to get down in there and measure correctly, but its approximately 2 1/8 inches or 54 mm. However I would say that's VERY approximate. Perhaps I misunderstood. I thought this was the ASRock technical support forum and you guys would have access to that information.

    On a side note, I see you have the Antec Spot Cooler... do you think that would work well for cooling the NB? Does it move a lot of air?

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    Quote Originally Posted by l_n_hughes View Post
    I don't have a very accurate measuring tool here, or the room to get down in there and measure correctly, but its approximately 2 1/8 inches or 54 mm. However I would say that's VERY approximate. Perhaps I misunderstood. I thought this was the ASRock technical support forum and you guys would have access to that information.

    On a side note, I see you have the Antec Spot Cooler... do you think that would work well for cooling the NB? Does it move a lot of air?
    Regardless of the forum title, 99.999% of the posts here are by ASRock board users. There is one ASRock employee that posts in this forum sporadically, or at least under one forum ID. The moderators (like wardog) don't have direct access to engineering drawings of all the ASR mother boards, and I doubt the ASR employee that posts here would have instant access to that information.

    There are no standards for chipset heat sink mounting, so measuring it yourself would be the way to go. You could use a piece of string to run between the two pins on the stock heat sink for a pretty good measurement.

    That SilenX chipset heatsink is a work of art given what it is. Its fan is worthless, quiet but moves as much air as a flea fart.

    How hot is your chipset? Many tend to run hot and a decent heat sink is needed for those that run hot. But be careful mounting a heatsink, I killed a southbridge doing that. A downdraft CPU cooler helps keep them cool, as well as good case air flow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by parsec View Post
    Regardless of the forum title, 99.999% of the posts here are by ASRock board users. There is one ASRock employee that posts in this forum sporadically, or at least under one forum ID. The moderators (like wardog) don't have direct access to engineering drawings of all the ASR mother boards, and I doubt the ASR employee that posts here would have instant access to that information.

    There are no standards for chipset heat sink mounting, so measuring it yourself would be the way to go. You could use a piece of string to run between the two pins on the stock heat sink for a pretty good measurement.

    That SilenX chipset heatsink is a work of art given what it is. Its fan is worthless, quiet but moves as much air as a flea fart.

    How hot is your chipset? Many tend to run hot and a decent heat sink is needed for those that run hot. But be careful mounting a heatsink, I killed a southbridge doing that. A downdraft CPU cooler helps keep them cool, as well as good case air flow.
    Just so we're all clear, I wasn't trying to be rude with that comment. Its hard to convey emotion in text, but I assure you it was not intended to make anybody angry. It gets about 72 degrees while gaming. The problem is that it sits about a CM from my poor GPU which has to work its butt off to keep up with newer games like Thief, and creates enough heat on its own. I believe I have pretty decent case flow with the front fans pushing air towards the back and the CPU heatsink pushing the air towards the back as well.

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    Default Re: Northbridge cooler for ASRock 970 Extreme 4

    I am not recommending any one of these, nor the seller, but if you go to here, there is a list of Northbridge non-water coolers. There should be enough there for you to research and make a choice.

    Acknowledging your lack of offense, it is unlikely (possible, but unlikely) that an AsRock representative would recommend any specific brand/item not manufactured by AsRock themselves.
    (Sort of like asking a car dealer what sort of non-standard steering wheel you should get, when they don't make them).
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    No harm, no foul l_n_hughes. I apologize for any confusion. Parsec, a very smart and prolific "Support' person nailed it. I ask because I(we) have no direct access to any specs other than the boards I(we) purchase.

    One thing to note here is to be sure you remove the protective clear static film covering the NB cooler. Imperative actually. I know why they put it there but really wish they made it clear in plain english using BOLD letters that that needs removed. A sticker over it with that warning and a provided "Pull tab' would be even better. Sadly too many users don't even know it''s there.

    The Spot Cool. I dunno. I use them on the mosfet/vrm's where I use water cooling as when wc'ing there isn't suitable air flow in that area to cool them. It may be strong enough to direct some air down onto your NB dependent on how turbulent your front case fans are there inside your case. Then again, you could always twist it to hover directly over the NB too, provided an available or suitable base mounting location.

    And in now reading some of your other posts here regarding air flow, I'd maybe say to also look at one of the NB/Fan coolers from EnzoTech. In visiting that page there are "Measure Motherboard Compatibility" links on each products page that you can print out and overlay directly on your specific MB/NB to be sure there's no capacitors or other "device' that will interfere with it's placement and mounting.

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