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As is known, Intel X48 Express chipset is warmer than its predecessors, besides, overclocking often requires higher NB voltage, which increases the heat dissipation even more. To turn the passive chipset cooler into an active one, Intel included a special plastic retention frame for a 40-mm fan with its mainboard. The fan is not included with the bundled accessories, but you can easily get one on your own.

If the first plastic thing of the two we couldn’t figure out at first is actually intended to improve cooling, then the second one has absolutely opposite fate. The decorative lid with a skull image on it and a sticky layer on the other side will actually hinder proper cooling of the chipset South Bridge heatsink and cause its temperature increase.

 

It is interesting that Intel DX48BT2 mainboard doesn’t have a user’s manual. There is only an electronic version in .pdf format on a DVD disk. However, this is not a serious drawback. Even if you do not have another working computer available to you, you can get all the necessary installation instructions from a multi-lingual poster. There is also a connector layout sticker, which is a very useful thing, too. Frankly, I didn’t now that anyone besides abit was bundling these with their solutions.

When you purchase an Intel DX48BT2 mainboard, you also get a full version of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 game. The second DVD disk contains Adobe Acrobat Reader, Dolby Control Center, Windows DirectX 9, a set of drivers and the following applications and tools:

  • Diskeeper Home Edition defragmenting tool;
  • DivX for Microsoft Windows;
  • Kaspersky antivirus software (in Russian);
  • Kingsoft Antivirus software (in Chinese);
  • Kingsoft Powerword dictionary (in Chinese);
  • Norton Antivirus 2007;
  • Norton 360 v1.2.0.10;
  • Skype;
  • TypePad (blogging tool).

Besides all that, you will also get a couple of marketing booklets:

Summing up what we have already discussed, I would like once again to give Intel due credit for including excellent set of software applications and tools on a DVD disk and a retention frame for an additional fan.

 
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