Originally Posted by CptBeaky
I just bought this board. Installed like so:
Antec Minuet 350
Intel E6300 Pentium dual core 2.8gHz 45nm proc (not to be confused with the old E6300 Core Duo)
And then some drives...
The Minuet has a lot of holes for venting, but few places to install fans. Only an 80mm exhaust fan near the HDD, no other stock locations. I don't know if the stock heatsink was installed poorly or if poor airflow was the problem, but I was idling at high 70s on the chipset, and cruising well into the 90s while playing a DVD in WMP with all enhancements enabled (HQ mode, DirectX, what-have-you). Pretty unimpressive.
Unfortunately, the Minuet is too short for the Thermaltake HR05. I really didn't want a 40mm fan-based solution, and I wasn't sure the typical NB heatsink replacement (Zalman ZM-NBF47, Enzotech copper doohickeys) would do enough.
So I installed a Noctua NC-U6. In many ways very similar to the HR05, it is about 20mm (IIRC) shorter and fits in the Minuet. Without any real effort at doing a good install, I'm down to idling around 40 degrees (Celsius) and not going past 55 while watching DVDs. There aren't any fans near the block (other than the stock Intel CPU cooler) and I even have stuff sitting directly on top of the case, blocking the NB and CPU super-positioned venting in the case.
Unfortunately, the Noctua NCU6 has been discontinued. They're still available here and there, though.
I had a hell of a time finding something like a HR05 but short enough to fit in the case, so I felt I had to mention it. I should also mention that the mounting bracket seems a bit of a bodge, but I've never replaced a chipset cooler before. It seems as though they'd be a fair bit harder to design a sturdy bracket for than the standardized four-hole LGA755 mounting position I'm used to.
Also: that venting area over the CPU and NB on the Minuet can be an impromptu 92mm fan mounting position. I didn't have any other sizes around to try, so I can't vouch for them. You have to rotate the fan a bit until you find a place where all the holes line up. It may have been less-than ideal placement, but putting a fan there did almost nothing for NB temperatures, even though I'm sure it was blowing air right across the stock heatsink. Using screws here will make your case slightly less pretty, too.