Cooling

Every manufacture has a signature or style that they use on their motherboards, specifically in the cooling department. When it comes to the cooling, its performance is important, bit if it doesn’t have style no one will buy the board. ASUS uses a blue anodized pin design that looks very efficient and also has a unique style that only ASUS has.

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All of the heatinks are secured using spring loaded fasteners to keep them snug but not too snug. Man that blue anodized color looks good!

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The two heatsinks around the CPU socket are in place to keep each of the 12+2 power phase’s running cool. Without good cooling you are going to have trouble pushing the power limits of the board while overclocking. Lucky for us Asus’s cooling design is perfect for keeping it all cool.

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Down below the CPU you have another heatsink that is attached to the others with a heatpipe. The heatsink has a few groves in it but it isn’t enough to dissipate all of the heat on its own due to the low profile design. The heatpipe pulls the heat from this heatsink to a better performing one on the left of the CPU.

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Last but not least you have another low profile heatsink next to the PCI Express x16 slots. This is where you will find the P67 chipset or for those who remember the problems earlier this year cougar point. This is the only heatsink with Asus’s logo on it ironically. Odd considering this is also the heatsink that is most likely to be covered up by long high performance video cards.

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garfi3ld's Avatar
garfi3ld replied the topic: #16071 07 Jun 2011 07:25
also for the record guys I think this is by far my longest review
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Lersar replied the topic: #16072 07 Jun 2011 07:34


That's all pages, wow. Great coverage man, this is impressive.
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #16073 07 Jun 2011 07:35
your going to have to zoom in a little bit, i can't read any of that text!
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Nacelle replied the topic: #16076 07 Jun 2011 15:07
That's the one bad thing about Sandybridge, the shortage of PCI-e. Anyone wanting to use a Revo Drive had better be prepared to sacrifice a bunch of stuff to get it to work. Hopfully someone will make a board with a NF200 chip on it, adding more lanes.
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Wingless92 replied the topic: #17007 26 Jul 2011 01:05

Nacelle wrote: That's the one bad thing about Sandybridge, the shortage of PCI-e. Anyone wanting to use a Revo Drive had better be prepared to sacrifice a bunch of stuff to get it to work. Hopfully someone will make a board with a NF200 chip on it, adding more lanes.


I agree Chris but those Revo Drives are not cheap. I am fine with my ol' Intel SSD.
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Nacelle replied the topic: #17009 26 Jul 2011 02:05
The new Revo drives average 1330mb/sec transfere. If I didn't have this motherboard and had the money for one of the smaller ones, I'd get it. Maybe with the Christmas bonus, unless there's new GPUs out that need buying.
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Nacelle replied the topic: #17471 02 Aug 2011 01:35
:huh: About what?
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #17473 02 Aug 2011 01:57
im guessing spam lol

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