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    Lightbulb DFI LP NF4 Ultra-D chipset cooling mod

    Here is how me and my friend cool down chipset on our DFI NF4 Ultra-D boards!

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    My rig with 7800GTX


    With my X800XL, SATA and USB pluged in


    temp during SP2004


    S&M + Prime95 (2. test)


    OCCT chipset temp with lapped stock+AC Ceramique+80mm fan


    OCCT chipset temp with Wolv359Cu+AC Ceramique+80mm fan



    for tests I used one 80mm fan @ ~1500rpm so it is very quiet. Passive it can hold temp under 45°C!

    I'm very pkeased with temps wich R never above 35°C (even with friends X1900XT) while playing games!

    Of couse it isn't perfect mod (bit expensive, can only use 2SATA) but it is good for me! It is nice, cold and quiet

    What do U think?



    In the meantime I changed CPU (3000+ Venice) with 3700+ SD and put VF700Cu on X800XL and changed SonicTower with BigTyphon. And changed old PSU with Hiper TypeR 580W

    here is how it looks now
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    Looks cool...

    Zalman VF700?
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    yes it is the Zalman Vf700, all he did is some bending. but dont really like that mod, because the vf700 take up too much spaces.
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    Yes it is trimmed VF700Cu! And yes it is pretty big but it's OK for me
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    Awesome job, as soon as something better comes out I'll do that with my current VF700.
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    I still have the base left from my PWMIC mod...... I might as well use it for my SLI-DR.. if my 9500 isn't in the way that is... LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightCrawler™
    I still have the base left from my PWMIC mod...... I might as well use it for my SLI-DR.. if my 9500 isn't in the way that is... LOL

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    Why do U think that it would be in the way?
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    Quote Originally Posted by -Wolverine-
    Why do U think that it would be in the way?
    Maybe because its mounted on his GPU?
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    Love it. Absolutely love it. Now I feel kind of bad that the only Zalmans I have left lying around are 7700's... probably much too large for that, plus I'll probably want to use a second PCI slot at some time...

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    why dont you just spend 10 bucks on a evercool chipset cooler. and its much quieter almost same performances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D_o_S
    Maybe because its mounted on his GPU?
    o..i didn't get that (and I thought that I was crazy mounting VF700 on chipset )

    I think that 9500 won't be a problem! VF700 is pretty low (profile i mean)


    Quote Originally Posted by Bail_w
    why dont you just spend 10 bucks on a evercool chipset cooler. and its much quieter almost same performances.
    because U can't buy it in Croatia and this is more unique (and more complicated )
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    Whats that EZ PLuG on the MOtherboard for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bail_w
    Whats that EZ PLuG on the MOtherboard for?
    what ez plug? where?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bail_w
    why dont you just spend 10 bucks on a evercool chipset cooler. and its much quieter almost same performances.

    How can it be more quiet than something with no fan?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabidmoose171
    How can it be more quiet than something with no fan?
    He probably thought more quieter than stock cooler!
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    Quote Originally Posted by -Wolverine-
    Why do U think that it would be in the way?
    I'm worried about the width of the fin ray... the front of the Zalman aligns with the end of the PCIe slot.. looking at your pc those vf700 fins go past the slot..

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    Here's my fanless solution - I had to remove almost two rows of pins in order for it to fit, but it works great:


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    Hmm... What are the Temps ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightCrawlerâ„¢
    I'm worried about the width of the fin ray... the front of the Zalman aligns with the end of the PCIe slot.. looking at your pc those vf700 fins go past the slot..

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    Yes I saw that now!
    Well it isn't a big problem! Just cut fins on VF or 9500 there (not more than 10mm) and it'll be OK!

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    It's going to be the fins of the VF as the fan itself of my 9500 nearly touches the slot already...

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    my fanless solution always below 40degr, its modded for 1 high level card, can mod it for sli, but this is not my gaming rig



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    Quote Originally Posted by s7e9h3n
    Here's my fanless solution - I had to remove almost two rows of pins in order for it to fit, but it works great:

    Any issues with an SLi setup, s7e9h3n? How about an SLi setup phase changed on both the GPUs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcnyc
    Any issues with an SLi setup, s7e9h3n? How about an SLi setup phase changed on both the GPUs?
    OOps...I forgot about this thread Sorry to say, I've don't and haven't run SLI, but there's enough clearance for a second card (as long as there's no ramsinks or such on the back of the second card). I also only own one gpu phase unit but that'll probably change soon.

    Temps with the cooler ~30C Max, but that's with the mobo outside of a case on my bench rig most of the time. I'd say that as long as there's a decent amount of air flow, it'd probably be able to keep a chipset in the 35C area @ 1.6V if the mobo was mounted inside a case

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    Quote Originally Posted by s7e9h3n
    OOps...I forgot about this thread Sorry to say, I've don't and haven't run SLI, but there's enough clearance for a second card (as long as there's no ramsinks or such on the back of the second card). I also only own one gpu phase unit but that'll probably change soon.

    Temps with the cooler ~30C Max, but that's with the mobo outside of a case on my bench rig most of the time. I'd say that as long as there's a decent amount of air flow, it'd probably be able to keep a chipset in the 35C area @ 1.6V if the mobo was mounted inside a case
    If this thing works with the SLi, I might start breaking the pins on mine. IMO, this is the best chipset cooler out there. I think I might be able to even use a hot glue gun and glue a small fan on the side of the heatsink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcnyc
    If this thing works with the SLi, I might start breaking the pins on mine. IMO, this is the best chipset cooler out there. I think I might be able to even use a hot glue gun and glue a small fan on the side of the heatsink.
    I've balanced quite a few fans on the cooler - from 40mm - 92mm and found that in my particular setup, they didn't even make a difference in temps (since I have a rather large squirrel cage blowing air over my entire board to help prevent condensation)

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