I would personally look at changing the fans that are with the ICE cooler and think about doing the PUSH - PULL modification to reduce the temperatures of the system.
The ICE Cooler is actually rather efficient, which is quite surprising really.
Currently the fans are already in a push-pull. Since my last post I replaced the Scythe with a thicker 92mm rewired Delta PWM from a Dell Precision server I had lying around.
on Ultra-Low the fan speed is the same as that of the Intel stock fan hugging the heatsink. (Because I can't post links or images, I can't show an image of how it currently looks.)
I can't find my sheath, so I can't put that back in to put the Scythe PWM in the place of the Intel fan at the moment being. the Q6600 came pre-lapped from eBay courtesy of the original owner (the fact that it was lapped is why I got it in the first place!) and the contact surface of my ICE is just a smidge worn in the area around
the actual contact surface... I'm considering lapping it myself and seeing how that works out. I did it successfully to the aluminum-plated heatsink in my decrepit Latitude C840 laptop, and that lowered my temperatures on that unit by a substantial amount that i8kfanGUI wasn't spinning the fans as often.
Shuttle had good intentions with the ICE heatsink, don't get me wrong, but I, myself, am not sure about the entire distilled water-filled heatpipe concept; Hence, this is why I'm looking for the widths between the screwholes and/or the Intel equivalent to such. someone mentioned it before someplace, but I haven't been able to get a straight answer, let alone any answer at all as to this. It is as if the people who are looking down upon this lowly thread know the dimensions but aren't telling in fear that one might fabricate and profit from such a thing.
My only other question would be if there's a BIOS I should downgrade to from this one, specifically to one where only the 65nm chips were supported. I understand there's a BIOS revision with some temp readout problems... and I'm not so sure Shuttle fixed it very well, in the back of my mind. Any recommendations on this would be welcome as well.
Really, if I can't get something like this going, I might have to look into other options as far as an LGA775 board and such. This Shuttle has so far lasted me two and a half years of wonderful use, (minus the three RMA repairs in the process, expected) and if I can't get these temperatures to fall down to a more reasonable level, I might have to do just that. In the time since my posting, the temperatures have risen to the mid-40 to 50C range, with the ambient room temperature about 20-22C... the heatsink is clean of dust, there's nothing blocking the airflow (SATA cables are tucked under the heard drives, only one molex plug is being used for a Molex-SATA adapter (DVD burner) and the rest are tucked behind/under the PSU, which has also been cleaned and is running cooler than it was before.
None of it makes sense, and yet, it makes perfect sense. I'm going out of my mind.EDIT:
Found an image I took last year. topic 105309, message 940422, bottom image.