Installed a Gladiator/Delta today on my 1.2 gig T-Bird.........
So far so good my temps went down a bit. Before with my old HSF and with my left panel always off i was running 50c-57c. Now with the Gladiator and with my case completely closed i running at 47c the highest so far. My mobo temp is 35c which is good so that's in check for me.
I get the whole deal installed to only find out that i couldn't install a stick of RAM into the last DIMM slot because the tab on the HS clamp was blocking it. So nine curses later i had to remove this ***** and bend the tab a little which weakened it a bit. So when i installed it again i had to use a fat *** flat-head screwdriver to push the thing down instead of my finger and use another screwdriver to lock the clamp under the socket tab. This may sound like a clusterF**k but it actually easier to do it with two screwdrivers than one screwdriver and my hand pushing it down. I have huge hands so they get in the way alot, although my girlfriend loves them and what comes with it down south, lol. Anyway, the Golden Gate 38 works great, i'm happy with it and it's never coming off, lol.
Well, my whole goal was to run this thing with the case closed at or below the temps when it was open and i have done that so i'm happy. I had alot of dust and **** in there and with alot of fans and expensive cards i wanted to keep the elements out of the case for now on. I think i know have the optimal cooling setup for my case and T-Bird, it's a cheap case but's actually decent. Anyway, taking the HSF off is harder than putting it on. I removed my PSU to get a better view and handle on the HSF when installing and uninstalling it. I made sure it stayed flat and still. Well, at least it's over, lol, and i won't have to remove it nearly as much now to clean it.
Netdude.. I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks it's harder to take off than to install. I almost cracked my god dam core while taking it off becasue I thought it would be really easy. Oh well the chip is still alive so no harm done.
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Nec 40x cdrom
Sony 12x8x32 CD-RW
17" KDS Avitron flat screan (1024x768 @ 85hz)
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Abit NF7-S rev2.0
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2x 120gb WD-SE HDDs
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Oh, it sucks taking it off, it's definitely harder to take off than put on IMO. The clamp on this this thing requires alot of down pressure, too much actually, and to take it off you have to get on it a bit. As long as you don't try to move the HS around from side to side while it's clamped down, or somehow install the HS totally uneven, you won't chip the core. This is why i think it's insane to ever remove those four pads, they do alot more than people think to help you out. Anyway, it's a slightly cooler day today so i'm running the max 45c, pretty damn good and with my case closed. I'm sure in the winter the max will be 40c or less.
Yeah that's the best idea i guess, to get a non-conductive shim. Didn't they or don't they make copper shims? Is that nuts or what? Using a copper shim on top of a T-Bird to me is insane. I know they have holes cut where the bridges are and stuff but still, no thanks.
Hey you AMD guys, you got weak fingers or what? Screwdrivers! to remove the HSF. I have a OCZ Gladiator with the Delta and have no problems what so ever with taking off the HSF. Hey netdude what is 47c in Fahrenheit? My system when running at full load has a temp of 105-110 CPU, and 100-104 chipset, just curious. BTW just giving you AMD folks a hard time...lol. And, yes I have a Intel chip. Another question, are AMD chips thicker then Intel? I haven't personally seen an AMD chip, so I wouldn't know. IF, AMD chips are thicker then Intel chips maybe that could be the reason the HSF is a little harder to remove then on my Intel chip. Thicker chip means more pressure on the HSF spring clip tension. Just a guess, I have no data to back it up though.
Read again, i had to bend the tab so my PC133 would fit into my last DIMM slot. I had to bend the tab which in turn weakened it and it starting bending when i pressed on it and was going to break off, so i used a screwdriver.
What board do you have? I have an Abit SA6 and it has lots of room to "move" around in. There is plenty of space between the socket and the nearist RAM slot. You were talking about a non-conductive shim. I got one of those when I got the HSF in question, seemed to help a little when I installed the HSF, but I also "practiced" installing the HSF on a SlotKet adapter 3-4 times before I put it on the SA6. Both with and without the CPU installed on the adapter.