XEON Heatsink/fan question

  neljan 01:18 23 Feb 06

Hello all,

I'm going to build an Xeon PC and would like to know what the difference between an active / passive heatsink is, and whether I will still need to buy a fan using a passive heatsink.

If so, would the fan need to blow on the CPU or suck from the CPU. Also, the fans I've seen for socket 604 have heatsink included, can I remove the heatsink from the fan & just use the fan?

Bloody jobsworth procedures for a poxy fan!!!

  CurlyWhirly 07:12 23 Feb 06

I can't help you with your Xeon heatsink query but the difference between an active and a passive heatsink is that the active heatsink relies on a fan to keep it cool where as a passive heatsink does not.

These passive heatsinks are usually found on older processors which have slower clock speeds so they produce less heat and therefore they don't need a fan!

  neljan 08:52 23 Feb 06

Thanks, that explains why the passive is more expensive. Maybe I'll see what the manual says when it arrives.

Thanks again.

  keef66 11:55 23 Feb 06

fans usually blow air into the heatsink.

You can't use the fan without the heatsink.

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