<img src="http://techgage.com/images/news/noctua_fanschipsetcooler_logo.gif" align="right" alt="Noctua NF-R8 and NF-S12 Fans, NC-U6 Chipset Cooler"></img> Noctua NF-R8 and NF-S12 Fans, NC-U6 Chipset Cooler
By Greg King
July 19, 2007
There are many companies that exist for the sole purpose of helping your PC keep it's cool, but Noctua believes they do that better than anyone. So, we are putting their 80mm fan, 120mm fan and chipset cooler to the test, to see if they live up to the hype.
As with most anything, time and consideration needs to be taken when designing a PC build. There are so many components that need cooling and sometimes the stock cooling isn't enough to keep up with our needs. You can't likely overclock your CPU as far on a stock cooler as you could on a more robust cooler using heat pipes to pull the heat away from the processor. The same can be said for the video card and chipset coolers as well.
We have seen manufacturers release more and more products with heatpipes on them and nowhere is this more obvious than on today's motherboards. Just last month, Rob took a look at the Asus P5K3 Deluxe, Asus' latest offering of the DDR3 variety. One look at that board will validate the heat pipe as the preferred method of cooling in today's hardware.
What if your board doesn't use heatpipes to keep itself cool? Many motherboards still use the heatsink and fan method while others can get away with passive cooling and there are advantages and disadvantages of both methods. The primary advantage of the heatsink and fan pairing is that you have a constant flow of air across the chipset's heatsink.