NB-1C Chip Set cooler
The NB-1c is a Chip Set heat sink with fan. There is another model the NB-1, it is aluminum not copper but identical other than that. This product comes with a 45mm fan (not shown in the picture above) and mounts for both AMD and Intel chip sets. The nice thing about most ThermalRight products is the fact that they come prelapped for maximum heat diffusion allowing for maximum heat reduction.
price: $18.95 at 3Dcool.com
Suggested Retail Price $29.95
Dimension: L29 x W48.5 x H41 (mm) Fin only, without fan W41.5 x H40 (mm) heat sink base Weight: 250g (heat sink only) Recommended Fan Maker: DELTA Model: AFB04512HA Size: 45 x 45 x 10 (mm) Bearing: Dual Ball Bearing System Voltage: 12V Speed: 6000 rpm Air Flow: 11.80 CFM Noise Level: 34dBA Weight: 15.5g (0.55 OZ )
AMD: NF2, VIA KT333 & PRIOR (NF2, VIA KT400 & AFTER NOT SUPPORT) Intel: All 8x5 Chipset * Specs subject to change without notice
Installation can be a bit tricky, due to the mounts, they don't always slide into the channels easily. After that it snaps into place nicely. First step is removing the old Chip Set heat sink if there is one. Then simple add the thermal grease provided by ThermalRight and snap it into place.. Be very careful when removing the old heat sink some manufacturers use a 2 sided adhesive; take your time as to not damage the chip.
The Fan is mounted with a wire bracket and is very simple to use. For Mother board and chip set compatibility check HERE... The documentation that came with this was a little ambiguous but I believe it was due to the unknown factors of what chip set and mother board it would be going on.
The Box and packaging was well thought out, not a bunch of foam thing a ma bobs. The heat sink itself came with everything needed to do the installation even thermal paste.
Looks very nice! As you can see by the picture I used some heat shrink on the wires for a little better look.
One thing I did notice is that it seemed like the machining of the heat sink itself left a little to be desired. The lack of smooth edges made it somewhat hard to apply the mounts for the mother board, but quality of the lapped surface was beautiful.
After firing it up I was impressed that there was very little noise and seemed to run well. Unfortunatly I do not have a thermal gauge at this time, one should be coming soon to get concrete temps with old and new chip set cooler but I am positive it made a difference. Performance is nice! I was able to over clock with no heat problems to the chip set.
The price is reasonable. If you look for a good price, do not pay SRP 29.95 it is to much..
Installation is pretty easy..
The prelapped surface is a nice touch but if I am not mistaken all ThermalRight products are like that..
Performed well when over clocking..
Machine work could have been a little bit better..
Documentation was a little light but not difficult to understand..
Whether you decide on the aluminum or the Copper over all this product is a good buy and does a great job of cooling the chip set. Would recommend to others.
Rating: 5 out of 6 Stars
Review Done: 09-19-04
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