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    Default cpu coolers

    what cpu cooler will not cover the memory slots ? i have 4 sticks of memory and a ga-ma790x-ud4p
    Last edited by jakeallan; 09-04-2009 at 12:37 AM. Reason: forgot motherbord model

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    Very colorful board you have there . Just took a look at it and yeah, the RAM is pretty close to the cpu comparing it to my ex58 ud3r...

    Either wait on someone with your same board to stop by,

    or read some reviews on Newegg and see what coolers some customers may have put on the board. Those reviews can give you tons of info .
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    Did some of the Homework for ya...

    Other Thoughts: My system: AMD 955 black box CPU OC'd to 4.1 GZ.
    8 GB G. Skill DDR2 1066 ram OC'd. to 1333
    Gigabyte MA790X-UD4P MOBO
    Zalman CNPS9700NT CPU cooler

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    Just to give you an idea, There is almost 40 pages of reviewers on newegg, just check out what coolers they used to fit on ur board.
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    Noctua U12P se1366 Push Pull w/scythe slipstreams
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    dbee, please share your OC settings. I was up to speed on the Intel Gigabyte boards, but not there yet on the AMD boards. You see my system in my sig. Looking for 3.8GHz if I can get it.

    jakeallan

    Didn't mean to go off topic. BEST bet is to get naked sticks of memory, i.e. without the heat spreaders, then about anything works, including the stock AMD cooler, the Xigmatek RS-1283 (big) and the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Rev 2...more short and squat. If you get heat spreaders, just don't get ANYTHING fancy. Old fashioned heat spreaders.

    There is NO room between sockets and the sockets are right up against the cpu area. I had a set of Mushkin Ascents that were way too wide and a set of Mushkin 996599 that were too tall unless you used the outer set of slots. Why Gigabyte decided to put dual channel slots right next to each other is a mystery to me.

    Both sets are DDR2-1066. Well I didn't have money for new memory so I voided the heck out of the warranty on the 996599 by removing the heat spreaders, but now there is NO issue where to plug in the sticks and most any cooler would fit now...unless some are too tall for your case.

    Good luck


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    Default Re: cpu coolers

    i have the ex58 ud4p and so far I have found no coolers that don't block the first memory slot (luckly it's not needed for only 3 sticks). With heat spreaders most coolers even come close to interfering with the second slot.
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    Do take caution removing heat spreaders on RAM if th following is true:

    You have DDR2 RAM that is specified to run higher than the standard JEDEC 1.8V
    You have DDR3 RAM specified to run higher than the standard JEDEC 1.5V
    You have RAM that is designed to be over clocked or you suspect that it is alreadh "high binned" versions of lower speed RAM.

    Virtually the only DDR2 1066 RAM to run with 1.8V will be using the standard timings 6-6-6-18 or 7-7-7-21. Heat from sticks running at 2.0V-2.1V is not insignificant. Although the heatspreaders may not look very effective, even the most basic plate designs triple the cooling surface area. Triple the surface area is a very significant increase in cooling potential.

    Also note that the RAM bay seem cool to the touch at idle, but to really assess the heat produced, one needs to check after 2+ hours of high stress activity. Using large FFT's in Prime 95, big enough so that no data will fit in L1/L2 cache, is ideal.

    if the issue with a CPU cooler could possibly be solved if the Fins were sitting higher then a copper shim can be used with very little detriment to temperature. I have personally used 2.5mm copper shims on several builds using Gskill Pi memory to great effect. A thin spreading of thermal paste on the copper shim top surface that will contact the HSF base is all that's really needed, as well as the usual amount of paste on the CPU. Some coolers will actually come with shims of varying thickness as standard. A lot of server level coolers I've used in the past as well as HTPC low profile coolers have been bundled with them.

    Also see if the cooler can be rotted 90 degrees. It's not always possible. However there's little performance drop having the fan blowing upwards. Ideally one would have a PSU fan or roof top fan extracting the warm air. Watch if you have a PSU at the top as you will be forcing it to intake warmer air, thus possibly reducing both efficiency and peak power output.
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    i can just about fit a ram module in first slot with my cooler and thats with a heatspreader on the ram too
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