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 Post subject: AMD 500/K2, New Post, Need Help
PostPosted: Wed Feb 12, 2003 11:14 am 
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I have a dinosaur of a computer with an AMD 500MHz CPU. The cooling fan is hella loud and probably does an inefficient job of dispersing heat. What can I do besides taking it to the dump? Suggestions would be appreciated.


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I ran a K6-2 350 w/o a fan for a long time without even realizing it...but I don't recommend that.

The K6-2 500 disperses about 20.75 watts of heat.
If you got an SK-7 for $25 and a quiet fan, and undervolted the fan to 5v, the processor would be very cool, and would be dead silent. I recommend the SK-7 because it is quite possibly the cheapest all-copper heatsink that fits an 80mm fan. You could probably run the processor with the SK-7 without a fan, but unless your board has temp. monitoring, it's not a great idea.

Before you run off and do that, make sure the Socket 7 and Socket 370/A have the same clip configs. I can't remember if they do...

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TheMuffinMan wrote:
I ran a K6-2 350 w/o a fan for a long time without even realizing it...but I don't recommend that.

The K6-2 500 disperses about 20.75 watts of heat.
If you got an SK-7 for $25 and a quiet fan, and undervolted the fan to 5v, the processor would be very cool, and would be dead silent. I recommend the SK-7 because it is quite possibly the cheapest all-copper heatsink that fits an 80mm fan. You could probably run the processor with the SK-7 without a fan, but unless your board has temp. monitoring, it's not a great idea.

Before you run off and do that, make sure the Socket 7 and Socket 370/A have the same clip configs. I can't remember if they do...


Socket 7/370/462 all have the same socket dimensions, but the older Socket 7 mobo's may have capacitors really close to the socket. My old Aopen AX59 pro, for example. has the end lug on each side missing 'cuz there's a cap butt up against it.

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I have a k6-2 475. I bought the cheapest heatsink I could find that would take an 80mm fan (GC68, $5 or so at SVC) and a low airflow NMB fan. I had to squeeze the heatsink in next to some capacitors, but everything works fine and is much quieter. This is a more conservative route than running with no fan at all.
If yours is an Athlon 500, not a K6-2, it's a different story. I used to have one but can't remember what the fan situation was (slot processor) or whether there's anything simple or cheap you could do to make it quieter.


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Any large HS designed for the current AMD CPU's will probably do, 20+ Watts of heat is not a lot. A 5v fan on a big HS probably can handle anything upto 55-60W (quietly of course). So you are in luck just check for room around your CPU and find one that fits. :D


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Thanks for the feedback, comrades. I will definitely keep your valuable expertise in mind.


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