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Old 05-14-2014, 06:08 AM   #1
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Is it ok to cool a 45 W cpu without a backplate?


Lost the backplate that comes with the Noctua NH-U9B SE2 cpu cooler. The cpu to be cooled is an i7-3770T (Max TDP: 45 W).

Is it ok to install the above cooler with the above cpu but without the backplate?

Is it ok to put a piece of solid carton with aluminum foil on top and a square hole cut in the middle of the carton but not the foil, as large as the stock backplate of the motherboard, as a substitute for Noctua's backplate?

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Old 05-14-2014, 07:44 AM   #2
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as in backplate the cross shaped metal support that fits under the MB to not rip the cooler off of the board or break the board or in any way damage the board/cpu? that backplate? i dont see a bit of cardboard doing the trick.
 
Old 05-14-2014, 09:34 AM   #3
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Yes, that cross shaped metallic thing that goes underneath the cpu. Why not solid cardboard (like thick paper) with aluminum foil for maximum thermal conductivity? Or just nothing (the screw heads are large)?

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Old 05-14-2014, 01:34 PM   #4
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That backplate is not meant for thermal conductivity, it is meant that this 550 grams beast of a cooler (without fans) does not rip your mainboard apart. I strongly recommend to get the appropriate backplate and not experiment with things like cardboard, if you don't want to buy a new mainboard.
 
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Old 05-14-2014, 02:52 PM   #5
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You are risking this processor. The cooler has to have direct positive firm contact. There is only a few seconds most where processors will survive without proper cooling.

Buy a new cooling device or plan on buying a new processor.

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Old 05-14-2014, 04:19 PM   #6
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Yes, that cross shaped metallic thing that goes underneath the cpu. Why not solid cardboard (like thick paper) with aluminum foil for maximum thermal conductivity? Or just nothing (the screw heads are large)?
ok read what i posted. as it is the cross shaped bit of metal, then as stated above by all 3 of us, that has zero to do with thermal and everything to do with structural support.
 
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Then I don't know.
 
Old 05-15-2014, 04:51 AM   #8
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Found and bought a noctua kit in the end, which includes the backplate for next to nothing. Thanks.
 
  


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