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August 13, 2010 11:27:02 PM

Hello

If a CPU heatsink/fan cooler says it will fit a AM2/AM2+ does that mean it will fit AM3???

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August 14, 2010 5:18:07 AM

i personally wouldnt think so.
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August 14, 2010 10:29:22 AM

Yes it must do as you can install AM3 & AM2 chips in most AM2+ boards and the stock fans fit.
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August 14, 2010 1:06:16 PM

I used a stock AM2 heatsink for like 2 weeks when I ordered my OEM X2 240. They WILL work, but I wouldn't suggest it as a long term solution. Even a $20 Aftermarket HSF will do a better job than a Stock HSF.
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August 14, 2010 2:33:17 PM

AM2/AM2+/AM3 motherboards are all within the AM2 designation as far as HSF mounting and design go. This isn't a question of stock vs aftermarket. AM2 is physical design. AM2/AM2+/AM3 are the chipset and CPU specifications.

Yes, any HSF that is designed to work with AM2 will work with all the above. If AM3+ or whatever they call it will be physically different than AM2, then it will require specific hardware, but if it is physically identical, then it to will take an AM2 designated HSF.

I have built a few AM3 PCs in the past few months (including my own) and can say from personal experience that they are no different in physical design from the previous generations, and utilize AM2 heatsinks, stock or aftermarket, perfectly fine.
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August 15, 2010 8:52:41 PM

Best answer selected by redwing3139.
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