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Purchase Asus A8N-SLI heatpipe

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I noticed that the Asus A8N-SLI series has pretty much the same layout.  The difference between the boards that I've found is that the cheapest one has 4 less SATA ports, just one ethernet port, and that's pretty much it.  No matter the differences, I'd like to put the heatpipe available on the A8N-SLI Premium on the cheapest A8N-SLI board.  Where can I buy this?  I've looked on Asus' website, but there's nothing like that available.  Is it just that I can't buy the heatpipe?  I'm going to contact Asus and see about this.  What do you think about this?
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Most chipset coolers are brand specific and therefor not sold aftermarket.  You will likely not find this product unless it has been stripped from an old premium board.  Otherwise you may get lucky asking asus, although I would approach it more from the angle of looking for a replacement heatpipe for your premium board because (insert excuse here).  If you just ask them where you can buy the heatpipe they'll probably just tell you to buy the premium board.

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The problem I'm having is the Premium board is more than $40 than the cheapest one.  That's not so bad, but it's not a price I'd like to pay for 4 more SATAII ports, another ethernet port, and a heatpipe.  I think the value adds up because of the cost of expansion cards for this, but I don't need them, so I'd rather just buy the heatpipe if I can get it for less than $40.  Preferrably less than $10.

I was looking at the three A8N boards, and it seems the cheapest one has just 4 SATA ports, the middle one has 8 SATA ports and dual ethernet, and the most expensive one, Premium, is just like the middle one, but it has a heatpipe.  Am I right about this?
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I don't know if you could get one from ASUS, but it wouldn't hurt to ask:
Thermaltake and Coolmaster, and Zalman have good after market coolers, if you want to look.

Coolermaster Hyper 6 Heat Pipe CPU Cooler
www.extrememhz.com/hyper6-p1.shtml

As usual, I can't find what I am looking for when I need it.    : /
But here are some google links:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=cpu+heatpipe+coolers&btnG=Google+Search

A little reading:
The Heatsink Guide: Heat Pipe information
www.heatsink-guide.com/heatpipes.shtml

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I'm looking for the chipset heatpipe cooler that the Asus A8N-SLI Premium offers.  The other A8N-SLI boards just have a chipset heastink and fan, no heatpipe, and a heatsink at the top.
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Ahhhhhhhh.....

Here is a nice review, with the differences:
http://www.custompc.co.uk/custompc/reviews/78315/asus-a8nsli-premium.html

According to some of the threads in here, there are different opinions on how well heatpipes work on this board:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=Asus+A8N-SLI+chipset+heatpipe+cooler&btnG=Search

All that being said, one of the names in my first post is probably the one that makes them for ASUS.

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Coral, I guess you're trying to say that the fan is better than the heatpipe?  I want the heatpipe for better cooling, so are the fan and heatpipe equal?  I want to have great chipset cooling, and when I posted this, I figured the heatpipe would be the best.  If the fan and heatsink aren't sufficient, what should I use instead?
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>> fan is better than the heatpipe << 
Not really. Just that it might not be worth the trouble and expense to add it to your board.
Not that big a temp difference.
Heatpipes are quieter, but have some limitations.

"I have a upside down case soo i think thats what my problem is, soo the chipset is overheating, becuase all the liquid just stays at the MOSFET and not cooling my chipset"
http://www.planetamd64.com/lofiversion/index.php/t12566.html

But it's your call if you want to do this or not.

BTW: I like heatpipes.  : )

If you really want GREAT cooling, water is the way to go. There are kits out now that have chipset mounts, along with cpu and gpu parts. But heatsink/fan or heatpipe should do the job, unless you are really going to OC this rig.

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I am really going to OC this rig.  Hopefully, I will get above 300MHz x 3 for the HT.

Heatpipes are a beautiful thing.  I once ran a 3GHz P4 at 3.87GHz, and with a Thermaltake Big Typhoon heatsink & fan, it ran at a cool 70C.  That's generally cold for a Presscott core overclocked 870MHz.

I guess the main problem with water cooling is price because I'm buying all new equipment right now, which includes an Opteron 148, this board, an X850XT, and shortly after that, I'll add a Thermalright XP-90c.  Therefore, water cooling is going to be really awkward to implement.  I'm going to look around for a solid copper chipset/GPU hsf with a lot of fins.  Would you like to help me out with this?

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I first checked Newegg.  Look at this insane thing:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16835103169

A reviewer said SLI won't work with this and an Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe.  Such a shame.
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>> Look at this insane thing <<   : D

>> solid copper chipset/GPU hsf with a lot of fins <<  I will keep my eyes open, and post if I see something interesting.

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That makes me want to overclock some of my old AGP cards.
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Coral, do you have any suggestions?  I'm guessing it's now down to asking Asus for a replacement heatpipe without sending them the motherboard.  What do you think?
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>>  asking Asus for a replacement heatpipe <<  It's either that, or trying to find a "dead" mobo somewhere with one one it. I haven't seen any other way to get one yet.   : /

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I'll search on ebay.  Do you think I could get a $10 dead A8N Premium?
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That's awesome.  Thanks a whole lot.  This is great.  I'll do this for all my other heatsink needs.
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: )

I have a couple of small shops I like to dumpster dive at. While I don't usually find anything "new", it is a good source for "test" parts, cases, and other odds & ends. It's like a treasure hunt.

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I don't know if I really want to go so far as to dive into dumpsters, so I'll just ask some local stores to give me their dead hardware.  Do you think it will work?
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Depends on the people. But it can't hurt to ask.

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There was a really great store with the friendliest PC guy after me.  It was robbed, and the guy quit the business.  I haven't seen him since.  Such a shame.
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Thank you much.    : )

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You're so very welcome.

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Hey, it seems I won't be needing the heatpipe because I bought an A8N SLI Deluxe, and I'm going to return it.  With the latest BIOS revision, it will not at all overclock.  Also, the onboard sound is bad.  It doesn't recognize plugged in audio devices, though it fully shows where they're supposed to be.  I'll return this and get a useful DFI.
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Sorry to hear about the A8N, but DFI is a good choice. Got some smokin' boards out.   : )

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Yeah.  I want the SLI Expert board.  It has great spacing between the PCIx16 slots and 3 PCI slots, which is better than one space & 2 PCIs, as other boards offer.  It is also the closest to the Asus board, which I got because of those features among some other ones that the DFI provides.
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