Nexus NHP-2200 Northbridge Cooler

Installation

Installation

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
Silverstone ST60F
WD Raptor 150GB
Antec P180b

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Next up I rested the sink on the die and rotated it slightly to spread the TIM about a bit. Then it was a simple proces of pushing in the pins that would hold the unit in place through the mounting plates and through the motherboard holes. The heatsink was then ready to go.

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As you can see, installation of the NHP-2200 was a breeze. The most difficult part was trying to keep the heatsink flat while pushing in the pins. The other methods looked a bit more complex judging by the manual, but it was comprehensive enough to make sure you won't get lost.

Next up we'll see how the heatsink performed.
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Most Recent Comments

19-04-2007, 07:32:17

Ham
See how Nexus' passive cooler fairs up in the OC3D labs here

19-04-2007, 07:48:59

Doddsy
It just looks beautiful, shame it doesn't cool very well passively.

Also it's smaller than I thought it was gonna be when I saw the initial pics.

19-04-2007, 08:00:14

!TIMMY!
Nice pics ham, u using that tripod then?

19-04-2007, 08:19:06

PV5150
Nice little review Ham. It's certainly a beautiful looking heatsink. What ambient temps was the review conducted under btw?

19-04-2007, 09:06:37

Ham
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='!TIMMY!'
Nice pics ham, u using that tripod then?
Cheers, yeah i always use one when i can. You can blatantly tell the ones i don't..

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='PV5150'
Nice little review Ham. It's certainly a beautiful looking heatsink. What ambient temps was the review conducted under btw?
It was 26degreesC, Im pretty sure that was in there :S.

19-04-2007, 09:10:49

PV5150
Soz mate you did too, it was the idle that threw me. I thought that was referring to the chipset ROFL, which on a 650i it wouldn't be.

Idle temperature was recorded at 26C throughout the tests.

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