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Old 07-13-2006, 09:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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my northbridge heatsink is hot enough to burn myself on.

is this much of a problem?

i dont have exact reads as it is a dell...

should i just leave it? i suppose it has been that hot for over a year now... and it does have warranty anyway. if it were to break, could it in anyway affect my HDDs?

oh dear...
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Old 07-13-2006, 09:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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you can get a chipset cooler (basically a small heatsink, or hyou can get a larger one with a small fan on it)

if its under warranty I wouldnt worry, and if its always been this hot, then its probably fine....
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yea... i wouldnt want to void the warranty by replacing the heatsink... maybe they wouldnt find a dab of AS5 though.
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the best solution is don't touch it and it won't burn your finger .

a hot heatsink can actually be a good thing. it means that a lot of heat is being transferred away from the chip it is cooling. a hot chip on the other hand is a worry. basically unless you are having stability problems it shouldn't be an issue
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yea, it is all stable.

in regards to what you said though, the chip is always going to be hotter than the heatsink.
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true . physics should have told me that. if that weren't the case then there would be no temp delta and therefore no movement of heat :amazed:. i think that's my cue to hit the sheets. just got back from kalgoorlie (that is about a 600-700km road trip from perth for those who aren't australian). gotta love being the most isolated country in the world
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