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Abit serves up passively-cool motherboards

Pictured - heatpipe marchitecture
Mon Apr 25 2005, 17:58
WE SPOKE WITH Abit ages ago about the possibility of cooling Northbridges passively. Back then, the company insisted it believed in active cooling only.

Abit prefers overclocking and it likes high-performance users who want to have boards that can operate beyond the outskirts of specifications and rules. So it used fan coolers that will chill those chipsets and transistors just fine.

But now, Abit's hard-working engineers have managed to make its well known Otes cooling passively fan free.

We decided to call it passive Otes since Abit is still not sure about the commercial name of its static Northbridge cooler. The company is still fiddling about with it, though we did manage to get pictures of an engineering sample.

As the pix show, the snapped Pentium 4 socket 775 motherboard works without any problems when passively cooled with this new Heatpipe Northbridge cooler. The cooler is copper based with some aluminium involved.

The other picture shows the backside of the cooler protected with aluminium shield. I guess it's meant to protect your fingers from burns as this part can become very hot.

It looks, um, cool, and it should be available soon on upcoming Abit motherboards.

Here are the pictures:





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