08-17-2017 11:28 AM - last edited on 08-18-2017 07:37 AM by Majestic
I recently purchased an IdeaCentre 720 that utilizes the AMD Ryzen 7 - 1700 CPU and an AMD Radeon RX 480 GPU. The computer gets extremely hot while playing video games. I am concerned that the tiny OEM cooler / heatsink is not adequate for the Ryzen 7 CPU. I spoke to an experienced computer tech who stated that Lenovo makes motherboards to their own specifications and do not use standard size mounting brackets for the CPU cooler. Please advise if the mounting brackets are standard size for the AM4 socket or will I need a special mounting kit. What options do I have for upgrading the CPU cooler / heatsink?
Motherboard model: AM4MH Ver. 1
(I'm interested in the Noctua NH-L9x65 SE-AM4 because it's low profile will easily fit in the IdeaCentre 720 case without clearance issues.)
Mod's Edit: System model added to the front of Subject line to improve visibility / clarity.
08-20-2017 07:00 AM
It's difficult to change the CPU cooler on a Lenovo to a different type because the BIOS is closed and the fan control can't be modified to suit the characteristics of the new cooler. You'd be better off spending that money to add a graphics card, that way the heat load is spread over 2 processsors and 2 fans, and the fan control of the graphics card can generally be altered by using the app from that card's manufacturer. Since you have an AMD processor, I suggest you search for which AMD graphics cards have been used with that system.
08-22-2017 02:48 PM - edited 08-22-2017 03:13 PM
If it's overheating while playing games, I'm assuming it does NOT allow overclocking. Does anyone know for sure?
Here are the different AM4 mobos: A320, B350, & X370
Does anyone know which one it is? The 320 does not support OC'ing.
And would be curious to know if you ever replaced the cooling system in here. Would be interested in doing that as well.