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    Ramsinks, heatspreaders, blue orbs....... what additional cooling are you running?

    During my current upgrade, I'm looking at additional cooling options. The blue orb cooler looks nice for the mobo chipset. Does anyone know if it fits on the KR7A? Does the Crystal orb work better than the blue orb?


    Also, these look very nice:


    Anyone using these heat spreaders for DDR memory sticks? How good do they work?

    These RAM sinks look good for the vid card:


    Anyone using these? Are they worth the money? Do they work well enough to allow additional overclocking?

    I'm thinking of using all of the above to help with cooling. Any opinions would be welcomed and appreciated!

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    I use Blorbs on GPUs, but they are designed to run on mobo chipsets as well. Should work fine. I do believe the crystal orb is better. I believe that's the one with the nickel-plated copper inlay.

    As for the ThermalTake ramsinks, I ordered some and should be at my uncle's house sometime this week. I will have them next weekend. Supposedly, they don't help being able to clock stuff higher, but since I just mod'd my IO voltage, I will need them to get rid of the extra heat produced by my memories.

    Besides that, I have some small transistor heatsinks I ripped out of an old PSU that I cut up and use on some of the chips. i.e. my clock generator and voltage regulator. Next step is to mount a nice little greenie on the 5v rectifiers/regulators or whatever those MOSFETs on the top of the board are called.

    I also have a nice little peltier here that was going to go on my chipset, but I think I have changed my mind. It depends what goes on with this P266MMX Tillamook deal I'm tryin to push through. With that chip (1.9v default) in a SS7 board, my goal is 400 with my peltier. Sounds far off, but hell I might as well set high goals for myself. It will give me something to do!

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    Do you have a converter for that tillamook to install it in a SS7 board? far as i remember it was a notebook chip and needed a converter to fit SS7, kinda remember doing it back in 98 or so.

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    I've never seen the Crystal Orb outperform the Blue Orb by more than a fraction. But it's worth buying for only a few extra pennies and is probably more reliable (my Blue Orb's been getting noisier and noisier since day one!).

    Those TweakMonster RAMsinks rule; the reviews of them are impressive. Bloody expensive though! (They are about 22 quid here, 25 for the Nickel plated ones). I'm gonna get some for my 8500. They'll work well with the voltage mod.

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    I have some of those thermal take heat spreaders. They look cool through a window and I get lots of compliments about them aat lan parties. One thing I must say is that I dont really see them cooling down the memory at all. I havnt measured the temps of them at all, but when running they NEVER get more than slightly warm.(Even after hours of CS)
    They definitly look good for a small price though. As for the Crorb from the reviews I have read it out performs the blorb, but only very slightly. It also looks great for the money though.
    And finally for the ram sinks, I have heard that they work, but I dont know how well they do. I have also seen some alluminum plated ones that look especially sharp. Although the alluminum ones are $35 for 8 I believe. Pretty expensive, unless youve got a "fat wallet"

    Hope this helps
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    Originally posted by Justintime:
    Do you have a converter for that tillamook to install it in a SS7 board? far as i remember it was a notebook chip and needed a converter to fit SS7, kinda remember doing it back in 98 or so.

    Actually as it looks now, the deal is falling, falling fast! I'll survive though I guess. I just liked the P-MMX overclocking era

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    I added homemade rams sinks to my GeForce2 GTS. They were from a Pentium Pro heatsink. The pins are small and tightly packed together and about 1/2" tall. I cut the heatsink into 8 peices. I then attached them with thermal paste and super glue (tiny dot in two corners of each chip). They are anodized black and look pretty good.

    On my Voodoo3 200 I went a bit farther. I added the same ram sinks, but I also added a 50mm fan on the heatsink and a 486 fan and heatsink to the back side of the core. It actually cools quite a bit. Both fans are attched with zip ties.

    My heatisnk on my main system is an old FOP32-1 with the fins bent out to fit a low RPM 80mm fan and chrome fan grill. Locks pretty cool in my window kit and seems to cool really good.

    I am going to add some of the same ram sinks to my mom's Voodoo3 2000 when I upgrade hers tommarow (missed the FedEx delivery today). Then I will assemble my 4th computer for my hose. Maybe I will add ram sinks and a heatsink and fan on the core of my S3 VergeDX 4MB. I wonder if Power Strip can overclock this thing.

    Well time to watch Battle Bots.

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    I just saw a review of the corbs at Tweak3d.net (http://www.tweak3d.net/reviews/misc/gf3cooling/) . Anyway, it suggests that they are they are only marginally superior to the classic blorb.

    As for extra cooling... I'm running with stock chipset cooling but I'm seriously thinking about a blorb and maybe some RAMsinks for my GF3 Ti 200.

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    Thanks guys!

    Will the Blorb fit the KR7A-RAID mobo? I'm getting things ready for my "major" upgrade!



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    Yep, I reckon so.

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    Hey MuFu!

    I remember that the Blorb did not fit the mounting pin holes on the old KT7A boards without slight modification. The holes on the Blorb needed to be oblonged, or, "turned into slots" to properly work. Any ideas if this is still the case on the KR7A's 266A northbridge?

    Anyone?

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    If I remember correctly you are right about the KT7a, however there was a way to mount the blorb using some washers so you didn't have to do anything hard...so this shoulnd't hold ya back if you are considering picking one up.

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    My ThermalTake ramsink stuff came today. Its kinda cool. I mounted the heat spreaders without the tape that came with them because I figured it would hinder the "cooling" effect, lol. This ram runs cool to the touch anyways, but I figure I'm better off safe than sorry when I raise the IO voltages. I mounted the ramsinks on one side of my TNT2 card, so now the one side looks really cool with a blorb and 2 of the ramsinks on it. Almost looks professional now Too bad this TNT2 card has 8 ram chips on either side, and I can only get 4 at a time with these ramsinks. How I placed them will give the best cooling though, because putting them on the side of the blorb helps by blowing air over them from the blorb fan (really strong 4900RPM fan). Maybe I'll get 220 out of this memory now. Long shot, but hell that should give me about 1850-1900 3dmarks(2001)!!!

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    Damn, the 100 points per every 10mhz RAM increase died out on me. So now I'm running at 160/220 with a 1750 3dmark2001 score. In any case, I'm happy with it. It did give me another stable 10mhz on my video RAM, but it didn't affect me as much as I was hoping for, but newer cards may respond differently. I'm using the 27.20 Det's...are the new 27.42s any faster?

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    AMDnut,

    Actually, I think I do remember something about the BlOrb not fitting the KT7/A because I bought mine when I was running a KT7-RAID. It was for my Radeon though, and I paired it with some crudely made RAMsinks (albeit with mirror-like, lapped bases):



    No mounting holes on a Radeon 64MB VIVO so that's thermosetting glue-gun adhesive on there! Turns out it was pretty easy to get off with a swift yank... gonna put the BlOrb on my 8500 when I'm bored.

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