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Chipset cooler - Thermaltake Extreme Spirit II
climbing 
31/8/08 11:16:23 PM
Master
Has anyone got experience with this particular chipset cooler?

[ ] Thermaltake Extreme Spirit II Northbridge Chipset Cooler.

Advertising blurb states that it will fit ANY motherboard.

I have an ASUS P5BV-C/4L motherboard...sure hope it will fit the northbridge cos I would like to purchase it. As this will be my first ever purchase of an after-market chipset cooler, I dont have any experience whatsoever to draw on.

Basically my pc seems to have an intermittent fault - I have swapped everything out and tried different combinations (including new PSU, RAM and HDD's) and the only thing I can put it down to is a thermal problem. I touched the northbridge chipset and it felt what I thought was disconcertingly hot to the touch...

Thought I'd try an aftermarket air cooler to see if if this annoying fault disappears (yes, I have also used a desktop fan to see what happens..). Might even buy a new HSF for the cpu (socket 775 Pentium Dual core).

I dont want to run a desktop fan all day/night, would rather just get it all working properly. I'm using a Shark case (tower) which 'scorpion technology' talked me into purchasing a few years back. Maybe I should also consider buying a new case - maybe a 'stacker'?

Just getting sick of spending money...


climbing

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Midnight_light 
1/9/08 2:29:51 AM
Master
Mate do yourself a favour and take a photo of the inside of your case and post it here. Then we can help you out with your air flow problems

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osama_bin_athlon 
1/9/08 12:42:51 PM
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er, what's a Shark case? sounds a bit fishy to me.....
I'm not familiar with 'scorpion technology' either.
you say your PC has an intermittent fault - what kind of fault? what happens when this fault arises?

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....it's called a 'snuke'.

lukey1990 
1/9/08 12:54:54 PM
Champion

Quote by osama_bin_athlon
er, what's a Shark case?



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TheFrunj 
1/9/08 12:57:10 PM
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Quote by osama_bin_athlon
er, what's a Shark case?


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climbing 
1/9/08 11:23:08 PM
Master
Nice one TheFruni,

Since I used to be an assault swimmer (yeh, I know it sounds corny) in the SAS, I have had my fair share of shark encounters of the close kind. Although sharks were the least of my worries, because dying during a leap from 20,000 feet from the back ramp of a herc somewhere over the indian ocean was more of a concern at the time...

Heh Osama, Scorpion technology is also known as 'scorptec' - their website is www.scorptec.com.au

The shark case (or is that 'cage') is real - did a quick google and found this:

http://www.productreview.com.au/showitem.php?item_id=10772

and this;

http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/forums.asp?s=2&c=8&t=20526

and this;

http://s5.photobucket.com/albums/y165/Defyantmods/TT%20Shark%20Attack/

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As for the intermittent fault, its a long winded story. Here's the abbreviated version:

My SBS server 2003 rig crashed - even killed the RAID 5 array (lost 2 HDD's simultaneously). Had backups of crucial data though.

Determined to do things right - I purchased an ASUS server mobo (P5BV-C/4L), new DDR II RAM (mem test reported that my old RAM was also faulty). Initially thought the problem lay with the PSU - so bought a new PSU aswell.

Then I lost a Pioneer DVR 111 IDE optical drive - or at least I thought it was faulty. So bought a new Pioneer DVR 115. Jeez, luckily I won 2nd division gold lotto a few weeks ago (this is no joke - I really did !).. so felt I could keep on spending 'like there's no tomorrow'.

Also lashed out and bought a new Adaptec 5405 RAID controller card + 3 x new 500GB SATA Seagate enterprise ed HDD's. Didn't want to rely on the mobo RAID controller - thought a specialist RAID card would be a wise investment.

Kept the old 'Shark' case - but have been keeping my eagle eye on a stacker..

Anyhow, built (or is that re-built) new system with new RAID 5405 card and created RAID 5 array. Now my problems started... couldn't get SBS 2003 to load - system check errors of this type:

STOP: 0x0000009C (0x00000004, 0x00000000, 0xb2000000, 0x00020151)
"MACHINE_CHECK_EXCEPTION"

Tried everything I knew... tried all jumper& BIOS settings, RAID drivers (ICH7), tried setting RAID, AHCI and even IDE but no luck.

Gave up with Adaptec RAID 5405 card, went back to Marvell RAID controller on board mobo (oh dear..). Successfully installed SBS 2003 SP1. Thought fruck... this is not fair, wiped HDD drives and started again. Tried 5405 card again with new tricks. Still no luck. Gave up, swapped PSU, swapped RAM, swapped Optical drive for older DVR 108. Reinstalled SBS 2003 using on board Marvell RAID (in RAID 5 array).

Got to a certain point during fresh install then received machine check error again - system halted.

Pulled some of my (good) hair out. Said "fruck" a few times.

Started again. Got SBS 2003 SP1 successfully installed using marvell on board RAID. Got all the way through (all 4 CD-Rom disks + outlook 2003 disk). Success came after leaving system turned off for one full night. Software installation took place next morning - succeeded.

This is what I am calling an intermittent fault.

I suspect the problem is a thermal one. But i cant be certain.

I'm pissed off that I couldn't use the $450.00 Adaptec 5405 RAID card.

By the way, its not the mains power to the house - cos I'm using an APC 750 VA UPS - always have used an UPS since day dot. The UPS even has a new battery.

...

What else can I say?

The north bridge chip felt bloody hot to me... the mobo has two small wire loops where the Heat sink retainer clip attaches to. I'm currently at home - server PC is at office - so cant take any photos of mobo clips for you.

The advertising blurb for the thermaltake HSF states "it will fit any mobo" blah blah blah...

I guess I'm skeptical and thats why i'm asking in these forums...


climbing


Edited by climbing: 1/9/2008 11:26:44 PM


Edited by climbing: 1/9/2008 11:28:11 PM


Edited by climbing: 1/9/2008 11:29:52 PM

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Midnight_light 
2/9/08 12:39:13 AM
Primarch
I guess the only way to find out whether it fits or not is either download the manual and check the mounting options or just buy it.
Also what is an assault swimmer?

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4GB 800MHz
Gainward 9600GT Golden Sample
2 x 320GB Sata
2 x Pioneer 212D
Corsair HX-520
Antec 900 modded

osama_bin_athlon 
2/9/08 10:12:12 AM
Hero
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2x things come to mind:
1. F6 RAID drivers - I know with my Asus P5Q (and P5E - now gone) that if I use one of the choices for ICHR10 drivers, it will crash soon into the windows install, yet the other choice is fine.....funny, if I try and install one after the other, it says it already has that driver
2. static electrical damage - I wonder how much mauling the mobo has been through? one reason I build my own comps, and don't trust shops with my equipment - your board could have suffered such damage - it usually shows with insidious faults such as you have.
3. (I know I said 2x....meh!) I don't like Thermaltake stuff - hope you didn't get a Tt PSU? some of them are s'posed to be ok, but, who cares? Have you seen the LianLi Armoursuit PC-P80B?
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=6565

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....it's called a 'snuke'.

smakme7757 
3/9/08 12:35:05 AM
Champion

Hey,

I have this chipset cooler, it did a great job. It kept my X48 chipset at a constant 42c. I have now changed to the thermalright IFX chipset cooler just because i have the thermalright CPU cooler and i wasnted it for a purely cosmetic reason =). that keeps the chipset at 41c passively.

the thermaltake is a great product and it looks good to boot, i can reccomend it!!

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Motherboard: Gigabyte X48-DQ6
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q9450 @ 3.5ghz
GPU: Powercolor Radeon 4870 512mb HD x2 CROSSFIRE
RAM: 4098 Corsair Dominator PC8500
HD: 500GB SATA II Western Digital
Case: Thermaltake - Armour

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