heatsink fan spinning low on pc probe and bios indicators, replace?

By foycur
Jan 14, 2006
  1. my system runs anywhere fom 32 to 36 when idle and i had noticed it creeping up a bit. my heatsink fan (stock intel) is only spinning around 1000 rpm and the core temp is now around 48-49. i think the heatsink fan is dying, since both pc probe and my bios agree on the fan speed. So, a few questions.

    What is a good heatsink/fan for a socket 478 2.8 gz northwood chip? the mb model is below? I don't have any crazy stuff in the case so space isn't an issue.

    How do I know it's really the fan going kaput and not a controller on the motherboard?
  2. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    I know my friend has this little sucker on his 2.8 northwood. Its a cheapie but a goodie.

    But you cant go wrong with anything from thermaltake
    You could always get a 3-pin to 4-pin molex adapter, and run the fan directly off the main line. Or try another fan.
  3. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    A good brand name is coolermaster. I have one on my oced northwood and it is always under 40c unfortunately, they dont make the cooler i have anymore.
  4. Jesse_hz

    Jesse_hz TS Maniac Posts: 545

    If I were you I'd try it on a different PSU just to be 100% sure, and before you toss the fan try cleaning it with a cotton swab and some alcohol.
    Fans that aren't cleaned once in a while can get so dusty that they completely stop functioning.
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