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Old 11-22-04, 09:05 PM
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Northbridge Fan Replacement?

My Northbridge fan sounds like it's dying on my Soyo KT333 Dragon Ultra and I'm not sure what I can get to replace it - never had to fiddle with one before. It looks like it has wires leading away from it, but I can't tell if they're just standard "fan" wires (3-pin).

I'm probably going to go to Frys tomorrow to get a replacement - what do you think I need? Is it a certain size that will only fit there? A special fan?

Thanks in advance!

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Or should I just get a good northbridge heatsink?

http://www.xoxide.com/zachco.html
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I actually ordered a new northbridge heatsink from Newegg about an hour ago.

My Abit motherboard used hooks to hold the heatsink in place, but now I've had the hooks pull out of the motherboard. End result is the fan/heatsink has fallen off.

The one I've ordered now is a Zalman that can use push-pins or an epoxy to be held in place. I'll be using the epoxy to glue that sucker into place. (Push-pins are an alternative method that some motherboard manuf. use for attaching the heatsink)

http://www.zalmanusa.com/usa/product...dx=65&code=014

It looks like you have a push-pin motherboard, so any northbridge heatsink that supports it should be good.
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Heatsink is the way to go. Just make sure your case ventilation is adequate and you should have no problems.
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Originally posted by Blake
Or should I just get a good northbridge heatsink?

http://www.xoxide.com/zachco.html
That is the thing to do. I always replace those noisey little northbridge fans with zalman heatsinks.
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how do you replace the heatsink? I tried pulling mine off, but the thing seemed to be glued on (no pins), and I didn't want to force it.
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If it doesn't have pushpins or hooks holding the heatsink on, then it's got thermal tape glued to the top of the chipset. Some people use a hair dryer to loosen the glue, but that never sat well with me. I just keep working the sink back and forth with a little pressure till it peels off.
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Originally posted by Easy
That is the thing to do. I always replace those noisey little northbridge fans with zalman heatsinks.
Well, I ordered two of the zalman heatsinks from xoxide last night. Hopefully they get here soon - this fan is driving me crazy. I need one for this computer and then a spare for the computer I hope to get working on soon

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