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Mr. Gruntsworthy October 11, 2008 07:10 AM

LGA775 Push Pins (OCZ Vendetta II)
Yeah. I've officially joined the 'Push Pins suck' club. Yesterday, after doing final assembly on my machine, the push pins for the Vendetta II were very annoying. They were hard to get to, and even after several out-of-case attempts at latching them on 100% to the motherboard, i only managed to get 2 or 3 of them 100% pushed in. During my attempts, i would push one fully in, and then a different one (fully latched and locked) would pop back out (how?). After getting to the point were i had some of them pushed in, the others weren't all the way down. The heatsink doesn't have any slack; but it's not firm, either, if you know what I mean.

the cpu idles at 50C, and in CPUID Hardware Monitor core 0 appears 6 to 10C hotter than core 2.

So I can tell that the Vendetta II is making some sort of contact with the cpu; but it's both not even and not tight. I don't think i put too much/too little tim (OCZ Freeze) on it, but that also may be a problem.

Is there any way I can successfully get the push pins all perfectly latched down and make good contact with the cpu?

Or would it be a lot easier to get the bolt thru kit? I heard that it provides a better mechanical connection anyways, and is a cinch to install compared to the push(over)-pin system...

help please, because my system is finished and running Vista; the only thing left to do is fix this cpu problem!

Oh, and besides that, the Seagate drive i have in there is so frickin loud. It also seems like it's kind of slow while i'm installing programs and things.

Dar_ell October 11, 2008 07:16 AM

Lol, sounds like you had the same experience that i had. Man i hate those push pins took me about 30 minutes to get all of mine in. If you can buy a bolt thru kit i would suggest it, my friend says it is way better then those pushpins.

Xilikon October 11, 2008 07:46 AM

Yes, death to push-pins. I use bolt-thru kits for all my Xigmatek HDT-S1283 and TR Ultra. Another reason for this is because weight can cause it to pop off by accident and kill the GPU in the fall.

matsta31 October 11, 2008 09:39 AM

Push pins does suck... Bolt trhu kit is nice, but, push pin can work too. My vendetta is currently installed on my E8400 with push pin and it is cooling it quite nicely.

What I do is take the mobo out of the case, find a plane surface and push the pins that are opposite at the same time. You dont have to apply pressure on both at the time, but, make sure there is enough pressure on both to keep it in place. With all of this, it took me half an hour, some really nasty words and 4 tries before getting it correctly. Now I am doing 50C full load at 3.9 ghz

Dar_ell October 11, 2008 01:06 PM

Lol, i should not had done this but i went barbarian on the pushpins and it finally went through. My friend did not get all the push pins through properly. We drove it all the way to our boarding school and when he wanted to check inside for something, the whole heatsink fell on his hand when he slightly touched it.

Mr. Gruntsworthy October 11, 2008 04:28 PM

death to push-pins :(

enaberif October 11, 2008 04:36 PM

push pins work fine but you gotta know how to do them properly.

you have to work in a criss cross pattern.

Mr. Gruntsworthy October 11, 2008 06:01 PM

Well I re-attempted it, and so far, it seems to be stable, though not perfect. I idle at about 36 to 40C (it varies depending on clock speed; my cpu downclocks itself to 2GHz during idle times (it's an E8400, 45nm).

So far, it hasnt risen above 44C, but i havent stress-tested it yet.

Who knows, maybe it also needs the TIM to cure before i see an added benefit?

and my Sapphire 4850 is awesome :)

Well worth the 1000 dollars I spent on this machine.

(btw, did i mention im posting this on my new machine? :P)

Dar_ell October 11, 2008 07:36 PM

Awesome you finally got it on. Oh yea and Enaberif my friend already tried the criss cross method and other kinds of methods we could think of. Every time we think its secure it just falls off, i'm planning to buy him a back plate

Mr. Gruntsworthy October 11, 2008 08:23 PM


Originally Posted by Dar_ell (Post 99023)
Awesome you finally got it on. Oh yea and Enaberif my friend already tried the criss cross method and other kinds of methods we could think of. Every time we think its secure it just falls off, i'm planning to buy him a back plate

yeah, im going to make sure my system isn't jiggled around too much...

So far, my cpu core 0 has hit 47C under moderate load. (core 1 still seems to remain cooler than core 0 by a little bit, 5C or so)

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