Reply 32940 of 35018, by aha2940
bjwil1991 wrote on 2020-03-11, 04:55:
I've never seen a heatsink like that for desktop computers, rather for laptops at the most. That is one interesting heatsink, though. My guess is the design allows better air flow in case something obstructs it or if a long ISA or PCI card needs to be installed, like a VooDoo2 card, SCSI card, or sound card, and so on, but I digress.
Good guess, in fact it seems to be made to allow using full-size PCI cards, however since I'm not gonna use any with this motherboard, I ordered a regulat heatsink with fan on top, because I trust them more (used them since many years ago) and also because when I tested the board, I noticed the part of the heatsink over the CPU was very hot, whereas the part over the fan was not. Also, the fan is so thin (it's a 40x40x6mm one) and you can barely feel it moves the air. That seems to suggest the heatsink is not that good at dissipating heat, so I'd rather not risk the CPU.