Noctua NC-U6 Chipset Cooler

Installation

Installation

You can see from the picture below, how the supplied sticky foam pad protects the transistors on the Intel 965P Northbridge. Please excuse the sticky residue left over from my Jin Ting cooler, as it was extremely difficult to remove all traces of it.

ASUS P5B NB

Installation of the Noctua NC-U6 on my ASUS P5B Deluxe was an absolute breeze. The spring loaded plastic lugs made the installation process the quickest that I've ever had when changing NB coolers. The pressure applied to the chipset itself was firm and felt very secure.

NC-U6 front NC-U6 side

The NC-U6 chipset cooler provides ample clearance from any of the surrounding capacitors on my motherboard, and at least a good 35 - 40 mm (or just over 1.5" for those who use the Imperial system) from the PCI-E graphics card slot.

NC-U6 showing height from waterblock NC-U6 showing distance from gfx card

The above two pics show just how versatile the NC-U6 is as far as ensuring system compatibility. Even with the the heatsink rotated, there is still ample room left for large aftermarket CPU heatsinks to be installed.

So how does the NC-U6 perform as a purely passive heatsink? Will it be able to withstand the rigours of testing Australian summer temperatures? Follow me onto the next page to see how it handles the heat.

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14-02-2007, 08:42:05

PV5150
Looking for a purely passive cooling solution with your chipset cooling? Noctua's NC-U6 chipset cooler dropped by the OC3D Review Labs and we put it through its paces. Check out the review to see what all the hype is about...

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14-02-2007, 08:42:46

FarFarAway
Looks damn sweet. Great review as usual Mr Peevles Quote

14-02-2007, 09:31:13

PV5150
Thanks mateQuote
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