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August 26, 2013 7:52:22 AM

Hi,

I wanted to know if the heatsink and fans for all AMD's FX chips are the same irrespective of TDP, or does the 125W one have better cooling ability that the one shipped with 95W chips?

I'm planning on a FX-6300 build (95w). My friend brought an FX-8350 (125W), but is using a 3rd party cooling solution. He said he'll give me his cooler if needed.
Basically, I'm assuming that if I use the 125W cooler on my 95W chip, it should keep my chip running much more cooler.

What about warranty in this case? Will AMD reject my warranty for using a better version of their own stock cooler? Do we have ship the cooler along with the chip while RMA'ing a chip in the first place?

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August 26, 2013 7:58:44 AM

AMD would not reject warranty for using a different cooler. How would they know what cooler you actually used. The answer is they wouldn't. 95w CPU's and 125w ones tend to have different coolers. 95w tend to have an all aluminum one where as the the 125w have a copper base with a couple heatpipes and aluminum fins. I would use his cooler if this is the case and you don't want to buy an aftermarket. I have never RMA'd a cpu, ever. Chances are your motherboard will die before your CPU will.
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August 26, 2013 8:00:26 AM

logainofhades said:
AMD would not reject warranty for using a different cooler. How would they know what cooler you actually used. The answer is they wouldn't. 95w CPU's and 125w ones tend to have different coolers. 95w tend to have an all aluminum one where as the the 125w have a copper base with a couple heatpipes and aluminum fins. I would use his cooler if this is the case and you don't want to buy an aftermarket. I have never RMA'd a cpu, ever. Chances are your motherboard will die before your CPU will.


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August 26, 2013 8:02:49 AM

@logainofhades Thanks for your reply. This was what I was assuming as well, but have you seen both types of coolers personally yourself? I just wanna be really sure about this.

Also, I gather from your reply that a person needn't ship the cooler along with the chip while claiming for warranty. Is that correct?
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August 26, 2013 8:06:14 AM

$hawn said:
@logainofhades Thanks for your reply. This was what I was assuming as well, but have you seen both types of coolers personally yourself? I just wanna be really sure about this.

Also, I gather from your reply that a person needn't ship the cooler along with the chip wjile claiming for warranty. Is that correct?


No need to ship the cooler.

I have the 125W stock cooler, and it's black with copper pipes on the bottom and aluminum fins, fan positioned upward on top.

I use the 212 EVO on my 8350, though the stock cooler isn't bad...it's just loud as hell...
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August 26, 2013 8:09:14 AM

When RMAing a CPU, you only send the CPU. I have had to RMA exactly one AMD CPU and it was a fairly straight forward process.

+ to logainofhades info on the heatsinks themselves. The copper (125w) heatsinks are superior and should serve you better. I would definitely recommend you use it (if available) instead of the all aluminum 95w version.
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August 26, 2013 8:27:49 AM

Thanks for your replies guys!

Looks like I can squeeze in a mild OC to at-least 3.8GHz easy with that 125W cooler. This is like getting a FX-6350 for the price of a 6300 :) 
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