So… I’ve been trading up various computer parts lately. One of my recent trades was random stuff I had lying around for a dual 1GHz PIII server, which I gutted and is now powering my main workstation. I’ve gotta say – dual CPU’s is wicked. 😀

The cooling on the PIII’s was somewhat low-end and noisy, so I decided to put my two Zalman CNPS3100+ heatsinks on the CPUs. That meant I had to take one of them off my Athlon XP 2000+ in my file server. Being left with no other quiet heatsinks, I had to find something new. The only decent heatsink I could find at NCIX.com was the CNPS7000B, which is S462 compatible… but… Zalman claims that the NF7-S motherboard that I have is incompatible with that heatsink. I’m not one to take no for an answer, so I decide to find out why.

It turns out that the culprit is the attachment clip on the heatsink hitting one of the capacitors near the socket, as shown in the next couple of pictures.

To hell with that, I say… if it’s just that one of the little clips hits the capacitor, why not get rid of it? I grab my trusty dremel and slice away… tada!!! The result!

After installing the heatsink on there and getting everything back into place, I turned down the speed to the minimum I could with the included FanMate2, and then ran CPUBurn to make sure nothing was amiss. After 15 minutes, the temperatures were 6C lower than before. Looks like we’ve found a winner. 🙂