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Windows 7: Some help - CPU cooler

29 Jul 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
Some help - CPU cooler

I'm planning to upgrade my motherboard and CPU to a Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R (rev 1.1) and Intel Core2Quad Q9550 respectively, in the next few days.

I am planning to buy a Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme CPU cooler because the stock Intel cooler just doesn't cut it in our Indian summers. I'm hearing very good things about this particular CPU cooler, and need to know whether it will fit on the motherboard.

I know this is probably nothing to do with the trend of this board, except that I do run Windows 7 and plan to do so for the conceivable future (or until the next version of Windows arrives, whichever is earlier).

If any of you people here are running this combo or know someone who does, could you please let me know what the experience has been like?

Quick replies greatly appreciated, as I need to get the payment part done tomorrow, so I can have the parts in hand for the weekend.

Mods, please move this thread to the appropriate forum if necessary.

Thanks in advance,


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29 Jul 2009   #2


Don't have the MB, but looking at its image in Newegg, it looks like it should. I would also make sure there's enough clearance in your case. I know mine almost didn't fit, if not for the fact the side panels are recessed.
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29 Jul 2009   #3

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1

I don't have that MB, but it works fine on my Asus P6T Deluxe (with LGA1366 adapter).

The compatibility list:

says that the cooler fits the GA-EP45-UD3R (rev 1.0). A quick glance at the Gigabyte web pages suggest that the layout around the CPU socket is essentially identical for the two revisions, so I'd guess that you have no worries. A quick Web search indicates that people are, in fact, using the combination.

It's a tall cooler, but no worse (I think) than the Thermaltake Big Typhoon that I'd been using before (fitted with a 38 mm thick fan). At one time, I had it in an Antec 900 case (had to leave off some optional ducting).
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