Abit did a fairly good job at clearing out the socket area of
obstructions. Larger bolt-on heatsinks like the Alpha PAL 8045 should fit just
fine but wider heatsinks like the Thermalright SLK-800 may have to nudge a few
capacitors to fit properly.
Heatsink Clearance Measurements|
||8 mm |
|Bottom (cam) Clearance:
||15 mm |
|Left Side (arm) Clearance:
||32 mm |
|Right Side Clearance
||18 mm |
|Socket Mounting Holes:
||3mm Ødia |
|Max. Heatsink Base Dimensions:
||~101x76 mm |
measurements are made from the edge of the socket (not the clips) to
the closest obstacle taller than the ZIF socket
The socket is 51mm across, and 62mm from
top to bottom.
Abit has been
a pioneer in the "overclocking arts" since the early days and we always have high expectations
when it comes to overclocking an Abit motherboard. With the board completely stock we started
to raise the FSB but unfortunately we hit our maximum speed at just 200
MHz FSB with the AthlonXP 3000+ we use for testing.
No matter what we did we just could not get the motherboard to run stable at
a speed higher than that. I have a suspicion that if the NF7-M had better
Northbridge cooling it may go higher since the Northbridge HSF was extremely hot
when running overclocked - perhaps the little active heatsink really isn't up to
the job when it comes to overclocking...