Sunday, 15 July 2007

How to install a Zalman 9700 on a P35-DQ6

The Gigabyte P35-DQ6 is one of the best motherboard actually on the market. It is highly overclockable and stays very cool because of its super sized heat sink. The "Crazy-Cool" is the heat sink located on the back of the motherboard, behind the processor to help dessipating as much heat as possible.

The problem of the Crazy-Cool is that it does not allow the installation of CPU fans using a back plate, such as the famous Zalman 9700NT.

The solution would be to remove the Crazy-Cool, as advised on many sites. If Gigabyte decided to add this heat sink it to help reducing the temperature of the CPU, and I think it is important to keep it to ensure the maximum dissipation of energy. Also, I have found a review of a person who managed to keep the Crazy-Cool with his Zalman 9700. The solution is to use the Zalman ZM-CS1 clip support.

I couldn't find this clip support in Taiwan, so I ordered it in France and will explain in details how to use it to install the Zalman 9700NT on a P35-DQ6 keeping the Crazy-Cool on the back of the motherboard.

1 comment:

Kyle said...

Any worry about the added stress to the motherboard by using this bracket? I'm going to be building my computer using the GA-X38-DQ6 and I would like to leave the Crazy Cool heat sink, but with the heft of the heat sink I don't really want to risk harming the board.