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Old 01-21-2011, 07:30 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have this Intel Atom Mini-ITX board: Newegg.com - Intel BOXD945GCLF2 Atom 330 Intel 945GC Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo

As you can see, it has a 33mm fan on it, cooling the NB. I have taken that fan off and had a 120mm case fan blowing straight at it. I use this board for a small home file server. Not doing anything drastic. Does it really need to be air cooled? Or with adequate air flow, it should be fine? I know some other Mini-ITX boards are fanless.

Slay did suggest, before, getting a new heatsink and some adhesive grease pads. I had forgotten what he said, and can't seem to find the thread, though.

Any insight?
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atom's are fine passively cooled, as long as you have a good heatsink on it and some amount of airflow.
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Any suggestions?
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Only one way to know for sure. Just try it.
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Was afraid of that... :P
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just take the 33mm fan off of it and see what the temps are. chances are you'll be fine.
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Default Re: Atom - fan = cool?

I've thought more about this also. But I couldn't remember the thread or who started it.

From what I've read the Atom can get pretty hot even with the stock cooler. This would be a great heatsink for it though, or I think it will be.
Thermalright HR-05/IFX Heatpipe Chipset Cooler - FrozenCPU.com.

Here's a link to the mounting guide, I think the retention mechanism is just what your looking for.
HR-05 Installation.

Plus, I bet you could add a 80mm fan to it and do a little overclocking
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Ok, only problem, the case that I am getting to put it in, doesn't have a 105mm clearance.

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Though, it does have holes on the top, where it looks like right where the NB is. I can probably easy cut out a hole for it.

AFAIK, OCing is blocked on my board. For a server, I don't need that.

Edit: Or should I just go water cooling? Wouldn't be a humongous loop like you desktops freaks. Should be relatively cheap.
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Ok, only problem, the case that I am getting to put it in, doesn't have a 105mm clearance.
Get a different case?

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Edit: Or should I just go water cooling? Wouldn't be a humongous loop like you desktops freaks. Should be relatively cheap.
I have some old watercooling parts you can have. You'll have to make your own retention system but I bet one of these blocks will work with a little modification.

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Get a different case?
I already bought that case off BST, from Aria

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I have some old watercooling parts you can have. You'll have to make your own retention system but I bet one of these blocks will work with a little modification.
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Oh my, it was so long ago since I asked help about this stuff. It was on some other forum. I've seen some chipset heat sink. But with a thermal adhesive, that should work fine, right?
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