Today, I'm looking at the NOVASONIC+ "high performance and quiet"
heatsink from from tocools. It can be used
for AMD Socket A or Intel P4 as it includes mounting parts for both. Included
with the heatsink is a fan speed controller, thermal paste from cooling flow
and detailed instructions.
||This is the largest and heaviest aluminum heatsink i've personally
ever handled. It came highly polished on the mounting surface.
The fan controller is adjustable from 5v -11.5v and has a switch to run it
full time at 12v. The instructions are straight forward and not confusing -
it even has pictures for people who don't like to read.
Mounting the heatsink
I run my chipset at 1.9v in order to reach high bus speeds. This can run pretty
hot, so I use a full size Socket A heatsink/fan on it to keep it running cool.
I found this got in the way with the heatsink so I went back to the stock cooler.
The Epox 8rda board I am using has North -> South facing lugs, unlike some
boards which use West -> East facing. This caused problems - I had to remove
the motherboard plate to even reach the north side lugs to attach the heatsink.
I would be inclined to blame Epox for this rather than tocool but it could be
an issue for other people using a board that has similar lug positioning's.
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