[QUOTE]\n[/QUOTE][QUOTE]\nHey Kony, since you seem to know so much about fans... what the hell is the\ndeal with those chipset coolers that have flakey fans? Some of them spin\nat >7Krpm and last 6 months max. Is it even possible to make such small\nfans move enough air and still last?\n[/QUOTE]\n\nThey're off-brand/low-quality, small diameter, thin, higher\nRPM... essentially all the things that make for shorter\nlifespan.\n\nIt's possible to make higher quality small fans but it'd\ncost more. Even better would be reduction in necessary flow\nby having a better hunk of metal under the fan, combined\nwith a 15-20mm thick fan of at least 50mm diameter. \n\nManufacturers aren't interested in lifespan beyond the\nwarranty period in most cases though, so the best course is\nto replace whole 'sink-fan assembly or relube the fan (if a\nsleeve bearing type) before it begins making noise so the\nbearingway isn't chewed up and enlarged (so then whatever\nlube is added, is even less likely to stay where it should.\nAlso once a fan has worn some a thicker lube will help keep\nit in the bearing.\n\n\n\n[QUOTE]\nThey're usually "buried frame" type and easily replaced but impossible to\nfind, even from distributors. I've been able to find a 45mm diameter\n"bury-frame" fan for my GPU cooler at Directron but the 30mm versions\nusually used on chipset coolers are just not available anywhere. Do you\nknow why? [/QUOTE]\n\nNope, beyond that the manufacturers of these low-end\nproducts don't want to offer only a fan, instead a more\ncostly alternative.\n[QUOTE]\nAny ideas on where I might find a "quality" version?... or do\nthe mfrs prefer to sell with a hunk of metal for the extra $$?[/QUOTE]\n\nI'd just replace the whole 'sink, or in some cases you can\nput a normal full-framed fan on if you use longer screws.\nIt's a bit more difficult if the video card doesnt' have\nclearance under it, but I always advise to leave an empty\nslot under the video card anyway so there's less heat\nbuildup and/or better air intake->exhaust in cases where the\ncard exhausts out the rear through the mounting slot\nbracket.\n\nUltimately the best solution depends on available space and\namount of heat that needs removed. I'd not try to use\nanother recessed fan if there wasn't a space constraint\nrequiring it.