The Glacier 4500C is a massive, 3-fan cooling unit from those innovative guys over at Net-N-Dude, and I must say - this is one cool cooler.
Net-N-Dude's Glacier 4500C, is a Slot-1 Celeron version of their original Glacier 4500 (which was designed for the Pentium II). Like the 4500, the 4500C features three relatively powerful fans, attached to a massive, gray heatsink. The
|Removing Heatsink From Retail Celeron |
Yes it is possible to remove the heatsink/fan unit from the retail Celeron, and although it is still a bit tricky, it can be done much more easily than with the Pentium II.
Take a pair of long-nose pliers and place them on one of the four metal clamps, between the PCB and the heatsink. Pull the clamp towards the CPU core, and the clamp should come loose. The first one or two are relatively simple, but the third and fourth are much harder. Make sure the second one you remove is diagonally across from the first one - this will make it easier to remove the third one. Once you remove all the bars, just pull off the old heatsink, and clip on your new one. Make sure you don't bend the PCB in the process of this, as you could cause permanent physical damage to your CPU.
4500C was specifically designed for Intel's Slot-1 family of Celeron processors (either Celeron or Celeron A), and does a more than excellent job of keeping them cool.
The 4500C is very cleverly designed, and is very easy to install and remove (unlike Intel's retail heatsink which I nearly cracked my Celeron in half trying to get off...). The pre-release version that I received did not come with any installation instructions (which would have come in handy), however, I was informed by Net-N-Dude that the final version (which is currently selling) will.
The unit also comes bundled with a small tube of thermal compound, as well as a thermal pad which you can use instead. Each of the three fans on this unit uses a 3-pin power connector, and all support RPM-monitoring. So if your motherboard has three connectors, you can make use of all of them. If your motherboard only has two 3-pin fan connectors though, you can use the supplied 3-pin to 4-pin adapter that comes bundled with the unit, and plug the third fan into a standard 4-pin power connector. The three fans are remarkably quiet, and I didn't notice much difference between this unit and the other single-fan Celeron cooling unit I had, in terms of noise.
Running the retail Celeron 300A at 464Mhz (103x4.5) with this massive unit is much more stable than it was before - Quake II now runs for hours with no lockups or problems whatsoever, whereas with the normal retail heatsink/fan unit, I was experiencing frequent lock-ups. Unfortunately, running at 500MHz, with either the 300A or 333A is still not stable enough, even with the 4500C.
As usual, performance comes with price. The Glacier 4500C will cost you a hefty $35 USD, but the money is well worth it. Overall, I believe that the Glacier 4500C is an excellent, and by far the best Celeron cooler available today, and is a must for every overclocker.
The Glacier 4500C can be purchased online from Net-N-Dude for $35 USD, plus a $20 handling fee. Net-N-Dude recommends you visit their distributors if you are only interested in purchasing a single unit and want to avoid paying the handling fee.