The Asus BLITZ Extreme motherboard has a copper
waterblock on the Intel P35 Express Northbridge chipset. While watercooling the
Northbridge is not necessary, in case you do decide to go ahead, you are ready
with the Asus BLITZ Extreme motherboard. The Northbridge waterblock has 3/8" OD
barbs (1/4" ID) but if your watercooling loop is using 1/2" ID equipment never
fear because Asus includes two 3/8" OD to 1/2" OD converters. Also included with the
package are four 1/2" OD hose clamps (for the 3/8" OD barbs)
and two 5/8" OD hose clamps (for the 1/2" OD barbs) all of which are
very easy to use and install.
at the watercooling accessories that Asus includes with the motherboard, it's clear the company knows a thing
or two about watercooling. It's nice to see a manufacturer go all the way and
provide users with everything they need to get started. If
you do go ahead with watercooling your system, Asus includes two 40mm squirrel cage fans which
are to be installed on the MOSFET heatsinks.
heatsinks that surround the CPU socket are designed to be cooled by forced
airflow, so it's possible that the board could overheat if you go with a passive
cooling system. Installation is a breeze, just follow the instructions.
You can never run computer
chips or components too cool and depending on what type of enthusiast
you are, watercooling can help. If you're into overclocking, watercooling the Intel
P35 Northbridge will probably help you reach really high FSBs. While you're at
it, if you're watercooling the processor don't forget to install the heatsink fans that
Asus includes with the package over the MOSFET heatsinks.
Asus uses heatpipes to move heat around the motherboard and overall it works
quite well. The Asus BLITZ Extreme runs pretty hot, but Asus has everything under