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    Angry how to REMOVE the CHIPSET FAN & PLASTIC COVER ("THERMAL ARMOR") on an old X79 board?

    it's all in the title

    I got an old x79 from someone I know gonna use it for a secondary system it's the sabertooth

    problem: the chipset has a fan (with a whole plastic cover on top of the chipset's heatsink)


    now they may talk about "thermal armor" all they want but I know the TRUE purpose of putting a tiny fan on the chipset then putting a plastic cover:

    1) the fan will eventually break (those tiny chipset fans are fragile - they're made to fail - plus I read they're noisy anyway)

    2) once the fan breaks, the plastic cover will act as an "insulator" to retain heat above the chipset: the PCH will be too hot which will slowly kill the board

    3) no heatpipe to evacuate the heat of the PCH if, I mean when, the PCH fan fails


    in other words so-called "thermal armor" is more like a thermal trap designed to damage the board


    so question is, how do I remove the whole PLASTIC COVER (and fan) on the chipset to expose the PCH heatsink?

    I dont see no screws for the plastic (I only see 4 screws for the metal heatsink, those of course must not be touched)



    btw here's the pic of the plastic cover thing that has to be removed:

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    Last edited by URIZEN; 09-18-2018 at 04:32 AM.

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