With the current layout of motherboards based on the nVidia nForce4 chipset, the physical chip is usually located between, or just below, the PCI Express slots. Your only option for an upgrade over the stock chipset cooler is generally another low-profile cooler which might not provide much benefit. Jing Ting
has designed a new chipset cooler that takes this into account, and has implemented a heat pipe into their design which takes the bulk of the cooler's body away from the default location.
A few views of the Force Chipset Cooler are shown above, and you can see that a low profile cooler is maintained, while a good sized heatpipe/radiator can ne positioned off to the side and out of the way of your graphics card(s). Let's take a look at the Jing Ting Force Chipset Cooler and see if this will help keep an nForce4 chipset cool.
Specifications (taken from the Jing Ting website):
» Heatsink Dimension 82mm* 67mm
» Heatsink Material Copper base & plated copper fins (29 fins)
» Heatpipe Plated copper tube (6mm)
» Fan Dimension 40mm*40mm*10mm
» Rated Voltage 12V
» Started Voltage 7V
» Power Input 0.66W
» Fan Speed 4300 rpm
» Rated Current 0.055 A
» Max. Air Flow 4.3 CFM
» Max. Air Pressure 1.9 mm-H2O
» Noise 21dba
» Connector 3pin
» Life Time 30,000 Hours
» Weight 176g
Features (taken from the Jing Ting website):
» Pure Copper base material.
» Plated copper heatpipe, transfer the heat quickly.
» Much better heat dissipation is delivered by larger heat fin surface of 29pcs high performance plated copper fins.
» Universal patent designed adjustable heatpipe, broad array of application.
» 40mm fan included for promoting heat dissipation.
» Easy installation.
The Force Chipset cooler comes packaged in a plain brown cardboard box. The only visible marking is a little sticker attached to identify it came from Jing Ting. Inside the box we see there is not much to the internal packaging either. The cooler is wrapped in a strip of lightweight foam. I would question this packaging, however it arrived without any damage, so it seems to be sufficient. No instructions where included which is probably the biggest flaw of the cooler. Installation instructions are provided on their website though, so it's not a total loss.