When fitting an XP90 (not xp90c) to an 875PBZ mthrboard is it ok to use the intel retention mechanism?.The heatsink even with a 92mm fan is below the max load stated by intel.Idid not really want to start drilling holes in the mthrboard,which would have been the only way to fit the one supplied by thermalrite.will this be ok?.:)
23rd January 2000
I'm not sure what intel retention mechanism looks like but aslong as it fits the heatsink and generates somewhat downforce on the CPU it should be fine. Try it with the CPU attatched and goop on the heatsink. Use BIOS for temperature readings.
First, you should be fine with the aluminum XP-90 using the stock bracket. Second, nevertheless, I recommend that you don't use it. Third, you don't have to drill anything. The stock Intel bracket is held in by four little pins, and the whole thing can be removed using a narrow screwdriver (to push the pins loose) and a pair of pliers (to pull the pins out and squeeze the legs on the bracket so that you can pull it out). Unless it's recently been changed (pretty much an impossibility, as drilling holes in the board is pretty well guaranteed to destroy it), Thermalright's retention brackets utilise the factory mounting holes.
Hi, thanks for replys,just realised that the retention bracket that came with the xp90 is for a K8(so it won't fit),but it deosn't look like thermalrite supply a metal bracket that screws into a backplate with the aluminium version it seems that this set up only comes with the copper version which weighs 800grms +.The steel bracket is supplied as a seperate item by thermalrite but after searching the web no one in the UK stocks this item.Are the odds of a catastrophe(ie HSK etc falling to the bottom of the case and wrecking as it deos so) slim or likely?.
Pretty slim. Just don't jostle the case around while it's upright too much and you'll be fine. Thermalright has a very solid reputation, and I don't think that they'd do something so stupid as to release a heatsink needing a blackplate without said backplate. Also, I don't know if Intel's OEMs are doing this or not, but it seems that ASUS, at least, has started shipping their S478 motherboards with factory backplates to which the retention brackets are bolted.
Thanks for reply.My mind is at rest now.:)