AMD planning water cooled units to replace stock AMD heatsinks
Ryan Martin+ / 3 years ago
The team at X-Bit Labs report that apparently AMD officials have decided that they will replace the stock AM3+ heatsink fan units with small closed circuit water cooling units since they believe that the first thing most people get rid of when purchasing a high end AMD CPU is the stock heat sink since it is very often inadequate to keep the CPU temperatures under control when overclocking or overvolting. However, this is not going to be a standard issue with all AMD CPUs only the upcoming 8 Core FX Bulldozer processors will recieve this new cooling kit.
AMD has done this ahead of a trend among the cooling market which has seen a lot of consumers opt for the sub-$100 closed circuit water cooling kits over the similarly priced air cooling heat sink tower style units. It is expected the unit will be a closed direct copper contact unit with a 120mm Radiator and 120mm fan which is best mounted at the back of the case. This news indicates two things potentially, 1) the AMD FX 8 core CPUs will run too hot to be air cooled or 2) AMD is trying to win over the enthusiast crowd and steal some market share from the hands of Intel by offering a better value all round package.