As the complexity of computer systems increases, so do the power dissipation requirements. Care must be taken to ensure that the additional power is properly dissipated. Typical methods to improve heat dissipation include selective use of ducting, and/or passive heatsinks.
The goals of this document are to:
• Outline the thermal and mechanical operating limits and specifications for the Intel® X79 Express Chipset Platform Controller Hub (PCH).
• Describe reference thermal solutions that meet the specifications of the Intel® X79 Express Chipset Platform Controller Hub (PCH).
Properly designed thermal solutions provide adequate cooling to maintain the PCH case temperatures at or below thermal specifications. This is accomplished by providing a low local-ambient temperature, ensuring adequate local airflow, and minimizing the case to local-ambient thermal resistance. By maintaining the PCH case temperature at or below the specified limits, a system designer can ensure the proper functionality, performance, and reliability of the component. Operation outside the functional limits can degrade system performance and may cause permanent changes in the operating characteristics of the component.
The simplest and most cost effective method to improve the inherent system cooling characteristics is through careful chassis design and placement of fans, vents, and ducts. When additional cooling is required, component thermal solutions may be implemented in conjunction with system thermal solutions. The size of the fan or heatsink can be varied to balance size and space constraints with acoustic noise. This document addresses thermal design and specifications for the PCH component only. For thermal design information on other chipset components, refer to the respective component TMSDG.
Note: Unless otherwise specified, the term “Platform Controller Hub” or “PCH” will be used to refer to the any version of the Intel® X79 Express Chipset covered by this document.
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