Nexus NHP-2200 Northbridge Cooler
To test the capability's of the NHP-2200 I installed it into a system of the following specification:
Intel Core 2 Duo E4300
Asus P5N-E SLI
1GB Crucial Balistix
XFX 7800GT EE
WD Raptor 150GB
The P5N-E SLI is based on Nvidia's 650i chipset. While being regarded as a mid-range chipset, the 650i puts out a substantial heat load.
First I had to install the heatsink to the motherboard. The picture below shows the base of the heatsink. It's fairly well lapped but still sports a few scratches. And like the rest of the sink its polished to a deeply reflective shine.
I was slightly concerned that the two retaining bolts may interfere with contact between the sink and the chip. This may cause a problem with big die northbridges, but the die of the 650i squeezed comfortably between them. Further, in the picture above you can see the mass of mounting hardware that comes with the heatsink. The type compatible with my motherboard was the push-pins, or 'Type 3' as the manual refers too them.
Here you see the heatsink with the bolts removed to allow the mounting plates to be installed. I was pleased to see that the screws went into the small finned heatsink that sit under the main fins, meaning that the heat pipe was soldered properly to the base.
Above you can see the mounting plates fixed onto the heatsink ready to be fitted. I removed the old heatsink from the board, cleaned off the old thermal paste and then applied a small amount of the supplied nexus silver paste.
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