Intel D201GLY2 low profile fan upgrade success! [pics]
I've successfully upgraded the stock heatsink in the intel d201gly2 board to a Cooler Master EEB-N41SS-01 low profile fan+heatsink unit. This is to show that an upgrade to the heatsink can be done fairly simple!
Cooler Master EEB-N41SS-01 - $6.99 plus shipping on mp3car store
Arctic Alumina Thermal Paste - $4.99 plus tax at micro center
Two reasons why anyone would wanna do this upgrade:
1. The stock heatsink's height is almost twice as high as the motherboard height. So fitting it in a small thin case can be a problem.
2. The stock heatsink is not very efficient at cooling the CPU. I found the idle temperature of the CPU to be around ~60 degrees Celsius, similar to what others reported. After the upgrade, my CPU temp. significantly dropped to 27 degrees Celsius and the highest under load being 31 degrees! THE CPU TEMPERATURE WAS CUT BY MORE THAN HALF!!!!!
Before you attempt this upgrade, I just want to warn you that the coolermaster heatsink unit IS NOT a direct fit on the intel little valley board. The coolermaster was designed to work with 4 screws while the stock intel heatsink is held down by a strong spring pin! So what i basically did was used the stock spring pin and skillfully forced it down on the coolermaster heatsink. I'm not responsible for any damages this upgrade may do, I'm just here to report that it has worked very well for me!
Stock D201GLY2 Board before upgrade
Here you can see the processor after heatsink has been removed. The spring pin holding the heatsink is very stiff, so becareful and have some patience when removing it.
A height comparison of the Coolermaster and the intel heatsink
I cleaned the old thermal grease off the processor and apply new thermal grease onto the processor. Then I took apart the coolermaster fan/heatsink assembly and forced the stock spring pin(the original one holding down the stock heatsink) down on the coolermaster heatsink. The spring is very strong so it requires ALOT of force! Be careful when doing this, you dunt wanna break any capacitors or hurt yourself! Sorry no pics for this step.
Here you can see the spring pin being forced through the coolermaster heatsink. notice how the middle fins are slightly bent?
After installation of the coolermaster and motherboard fitted in the case.
Because of this upgrade, i was able to fit the motherboard perfectly in my 1.5inch thick case!
Everything fits, my CPU temp. is under 30 Degrees.....I'm a very happy man! Hope this little picture writeup will help some of you with the height and temperature concerns of the d201gly2 board! Goodluck!
UPDATE 2/3/08: after running it this whole week....the CPU temperature actually isn't hovering around 30 degrees like i thought it would.....more like 50-55 degrees Celsius! Still an improvement over the stock heat sink but not a drastic improvement like i thought it would be! So maybe it still a good idea to add more case fans!