I just got my I7 920, I have been trying to find out spec's with the boxed cooler, I cant find ANY info it at all, even intels website make no mention of the spec's, I want to know about the fan, Is it load, do I need to(or can I) replace the fan and still use the stock cooler?
What have you guys been doing, this build is for my wife and she wont be oc'n
Unless you have purchased an oem cpu cooler, just use the stock intel cooler and fan. It should not be particularly noisy unless the cpu gets very hot, either from heavy use, or overclocking. If you find the noise to be excessive, you can always upgrade the cooler later.
It is probably better to stick with the stock fan for now. Many of the aftermarket fans can be a pain to install and the good ones aren't cheap. Also, does using the non-stock void the warranty? Anyway, I think you might as well try stock before you fork over $40-$50 for something that may not help. I also though Intel shipped pretty decent stock coolers, but I'm not sure on that.
The stock coolers with the i7 chips are pretty decent from what has been said in some reviews. I agree with EXT and wait on a aftermarket cooler, not only are the current ones expensive, but they are nothing more than pre-i7 coolers with adapters to make them fit i7.