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ThermalTake Volcano 7 CPU fan
Keeping that CPU cool!
By Red Squirrel

Old fan ready to be removed for the new one to be put in

When you buy a CPU, it will usually come with a heat sink and a fan. These are mostly temporarily, even under normal conditions. It WILL die soon. Sometimes you can get lucky, but why take the chance? When it starts making strange noises, itís time to replace it as quick as possible - before it forces you to replace your CPU as well!

stock CPU fan
Closeup of old fan. Notice the tape - it was required to stop the rattling, which worked for a few hours at a time before new tape had to be applied!

Replacing a CPU heatsink/fan combo is fairly easy. It is best to remove any hardware near the CPU before proceeding, even at removing the old one. In my case, the ram was very close, so I removed it. Also, itís good to push away IDE cables if they are in the way. Once the area is cleared, itís simply the thing of removing the old heat sink. This picture will attempt to display how it should be done. The worse thing that can happen is that your screw driver hits the motherboard and cuts off a transistor or something. Thatís very bad! This way will minimize that chance if you are careful.

Mouting the fan
Too quickly done pic of mounting/unmounting a heat sink

Once it is removed, it is good to remove any paste that might still be on the CPU. Installation of the Volcano is very easy. Simply remove the protective tape and there is already some ďthermal pasteĒ which is a sticker, and it does the job, for better results you may want to add your own paste, but I didnít when I installed mine. Do not forget to unplug the old CPU first, and once the new one is installed, donít forget to plug it in!!! Otherwise, you will see smoke after a few seconds of operation Ė bad thing! The volcano is very quiet compared to stock fans. In fact, the sound that it does make is much more smooth and less high pitched, and is not a bunch of rattling and humming like the stock fans tend to do. When I had the stock fan, I had to downclock since my temps were getting too high for my taste, at a hot 60C-60C average. With the Volcano, I was running at a cool 49C and now that I overclocked back to the factory setting, my CPU runs at 58C under 100% constant load. (distributed computing project on 24/7).

I hope you enjoyed this article!

Red Squirrel
IceTeks Senior server-side administrator

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Posted by Red Squirrel on June 06th 2003 (00:28)
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March 16, 2003, 8:18:12 pm

you did good on that not forgeting the thermal paste like most do. how ever if you even turn the amd on with out the fan it will not last more the half a sec, if overclocked it is very temp.. sensetive. if your on winXp it has a cpu cooler built in to the os. not sure if win2000 does or not. but it is a good idea also to get a mother borad monitor that will work with amd's and launch a program if you want it too. then go and find a cpu software cooler that will work with amd's there are some free ones. and use the Mb,monitor to launch the software cooler at a certian temp, and cool it to a certian temp and then shut the cooling software down. that will help with the fan. if you want to add more case fans you best make sure you it will not hurt your ps. as i mentioned in a post in the fourm along time ago. you can get the case too cold and the power supply will shut the power supply fan off. which is a bad thing cause then it will fry the ps. mine has done that several times until i found what was going on, there was no mention of the ps switch for the ps fan, so i had to find it on my own. only cost me the price of 2 400 watt power supplys. then i found out what was going on.

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