Whether you're an extremist or are searching for a good looking,
high-quality replacement to that cheap stock Northbridge heatsink, the
Microcool Northpole chipset cooler has it all!
The majority of decent chipset coolers on the market tend to be circular in
design. Thus, as a result they will have some fitting issues with certain
motherboards where capacitor clearance is key. Not so with the Northpole. As you
can see, two simple brackets at the top of the shroud allow the user to position
the Northpole such that clearance should be a mute issue on most motherboards.
The heatsink itself is a 100% copper design. It has 26 fins that are designed
using skive technology. The shroud casing for the fan is a very durable, black
aluminum. Overall dimensions are 46x43x51mm, and weight is a hefty 195 grams.
The shroud bolts onto the sides of the sink via two screws on either side.
We were rather surprised at what we found after examining the shroud. The fan
that Microcool has chosen is none other than the magnetic levitation
series from Sunon. Specifications are as follows:
40x40x20mm, 10.8 CFM @ 8200 RPM, 27.5 dBA, 1.6 watts, .13 amps, 12v DC,
standard 3 pin Molex connector.
These specs should allow the cooler to be directly plugged into any modern
motherboard header without risk of overload.
The Northpole mounting is designed for motherboard chipsets with two holes
The standoffs mount in the two stock holes, and then the cooler is mounted via
screw and spring accessories. It's a simple, easy and effective design.
Every Northpole kit comes handsomely packaged and with a users guide in
Every Northpole package includes 8 additional accessories called ChipSinks.
Six of them are designed for attachment to the MOSFET power regulators, normally
found near the ATX power connector. Two additional ChipSinks are to be placed on
the PLL chips. These typically regulate your front side bus speed. The higher
your FSB, the hotter they run. This is how extreme users will achieve higher and
more stable front side bus clock speeds. All ChipSinks come prepped with a
peel-off Chromerics T405 thermal interface pad. For optimum conductivity we
Arctic Silver or
Arctic Alumina thermal adhesive.
Dimensions of PLL ChipSink: 12x15x18 mm
Dimensions of MOSFET ChipSink: 12x12x18 mm
Hook Adapter (1 pc)
Included in this revised and complete Northpole PRO Kit is the essential Hook
Adapter accessory kit, which allows the use of the
Microcool Northpole on all motherboards that have the northbridge cooler
attached via the standardized Intel "hook" retention mechanism. This particular
adaptor was developed to guarantee a convenient and effective installation on
the motherboard equipped with the latest generation Intel™ chipset (i865 and
This exclusive design and the high quality construction allows the regulation of
attachment pressure using the screws, while avoiding the possibility of
accidental damage such as detaching the mounting holes from the board.
Included in the package:
- Two standoffs for the mounting holes
- Two brackets adapted for tabs
- Four stabilizing rubber washers
- One Allen wrench
SouthSink (1 pc) and MicroSinks (8 pcs)
For additional cooling, the Northpole PRO Kit also includes the Black
SouthSink and Eight (8) MicroSinks. For complete specifications on each
part, click the appropriate link here:
Reviews on the Northpole, which we highly recommend reading, can be found