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microATX mobo with cpu cooler mounting holes

Does anyone know of a microATX motherboard with mounting holes for a third party cpu cooler?
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
All 3rd party CPU coolers I'm aware of use the existing holes from the manufacturer's cooler.   Several require that you mount a plate on the back of the motherboard as extra support -- but I'm not aware of ANY that require you to actually drill additional holes (with today's multi-layer boards that would be VERY risky and very likely to trash the board).
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mraeryceosAuthor Commented:
Hey look ma!  Holes on a motherboard for mounting 3rd party coolers (but it's ATX, not microATX):
http://www.motherboards.org/images/mobot/motherboards/4390.jpg
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RobAVICommented:
MicroATX or not... Typically the type of Heatsink/Fan mount is determined by the socket type.  Depending on the type of socket used on the motherboard, that will determine what type of mount is provided.  There are quite a few different varieties of mounts, some involving holes, others just clips.  You should be able to use any 3rd party heatsink/fan for the cpu socket type of the motherboard... whether it is MicroATX, ATX or any other form.

I hope that answers your question.  Perhaps if it does not, you could clarify more?
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
I have no idea what you're referring to in that picture -- there are standard ATX mounting holes to mount the motherboard to the case;  but no "out of the ordinary" extra holes.

What 3rd party cooler are you wanting to use?   For example, the current best cooler (lowest thermal resistance) you can buy is a Zalman 9500.   If you play the installation movie here you'll see that no matter which socket you're using, there are NO extra "holes" required: http://www.zalman.co.kr/eng/product/view.asp?idx=165&code=009
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mraeryceosAuthor Commented:
Do you know of ANY microATX motherboards, whatever the socket type, that have mounting holes or threaded mounting pegs on it?  Provide a link with the picture.
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mraeryceosAuthor Commented:
garycase, turn up the brightness on your monitor and look again
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
What cooler are you wanting to use?   ... and for what CPU ??
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mraeryceosAuthor Commented:
Do you know of ANY microATX motherboards, whatever the socket type, that have mounting holes or threaded mounting pegs on it?  Provide a link with the picture.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
I have mounted MANY Zalman 7000 series coolers and one 9500 cooler on micro-ATX motherboards.   As I noted before, and as RobAVI also noted, these, and most other 3rd party coolers, are designed to use the standard mounting templates for the various CPU sockets.

ANY micro-ATX board can be used with ANY 3rd party cooler that I'm aware of -- UNLESS the component or board-to-power-supply clearance doesn't meet the specs for the cooler.
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mraeryceosAuthor Commented:
Your "standard mounting templates", my "cooler mounting holes".  What's the difference?  Provide a picture of ONE microATX board on which you've mounted your coolers.  If you provide more pictures, I would be even more greatful.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
I've built several systems for local folks using the Intel D865GLCLK micro-ATX board and a Zalman heatsink.  Here's the board:  http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/directron_1899_30315494

The point is, you do NOT need "cooler mounting holes" ==> the coolers ALL use the standard mounts for whichever socket your CPU uses.   I am not aware of ANY exceptions to this.

If you think you know an exception, post the make/model of the CPU cooler you want to use.
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mraeryceosAuthor Commented:
I've only messed with Socket A, and older mobos.  I have never seen anything like this.
Socket A mobos:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Submit=ENE&N=2010200022+1075707619+1070907493&Subcategory=22&description=&srchInDesc=&minPrice=&maxPrice=
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