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Msi 845e max cpu fan replacement

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by mikayoung, Dec 5, 2011.

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  1. mikayoung

    mikayoung Thread Starter

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    Hi, All. I have a MSI 845E max socket 478 MoBo with the CPU cooling fan base (retention module) broken. This part came with the motherboard. Where can I find a replacement fan assembly and retention module that will use the existing motherboard holes? The ones Iv'e seen so far don't look like they would work. Any help appreciated.
     
  2. win2kpro

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    Remove the retension mechanism from the motherboard and post clear picture of it, both top and bottom. Some OEM's used the standard Intel retension mechanism and some used a proprietary mechanism. Attached is a pic of the standard Intel retension mechanism with a broken retension mechanism hook which is the part of the assembly that is most likely broken on yours.
     

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    mikayoung Thread Starter

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    Thanks for the reply. After I posted, I found a retention module on the internet that may work. It was inexpensive, so I'm not out much if it doesn't fit. Your picture shows exactly what is broken on mine.
     
  4. win2kpro

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    You have to be careful when buying these heatsink retainers. There are a lot of Chinese "knockoffs" sold on the net that are a really cheap plastic. The original Intel brackets are a polycarbonate plastic and fairly strong. I buy from a company where I believe the last I bought were $3.95 for the original Intel bracket.

    By the way the Intel part number for that heatsink retainer is A65428-001
     
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