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Intel to Bundle Liquid Cooler with Sandy Bridge-E CPUs

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Intel has confirmed that they will be bundling a sealed liquid cooling system with its next-generation Core i7-3000 series (Sandy Bridge-E) CPUs.

Intel has teamed with Asetek to provide an Intel-branded sealed liquid cooler for their CPUs. Intel becomes the first major CPU manufacturer to offer this as a base thermal cooling solution over the standard air cooler. In addition, it shows Intel's commitment to provided users with new, improved options, along with offering options designed with the overclocking community in mind. 

The cooler will be sold as a bundle option with their Sandy Bridge-E series CPUs. Users will be able to purchase the Sandy Bridge-E processors with or without the bundled cooler. This allows the end-user to determine what thermal cooling solution they want to utilize with their new CPUs, without having to deal with the "basic Intel heat-sink" utilized through the years. This does mean that the end-user will need to make sure they either go with the bundled option or have a 3rd-Party cooling option chosen for their new processor. 

Intel will sell its sealed liquid cooler as a stand alone option, as well. This provides user an option to utilize their new cooler with our platforms, within the Intel family. The coolers will sport the traditional Asetek-made water-block, as well as a large 12 cm fan and will be compatible with LGA2011, LGA1155, LGA1156 and LGA1366 platforms. Pricing of the new coolers is still unknown at this time.

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    mouse24 , October 12, 2011 2:06 PM
    cool! but im wondering how much higher this will push prices :) 
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    theconsolegamer , October 12, 2011 2:12 PM
    That's what you call stealing someone's thunder!
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    namelessmuffin , October 12, 2011 3:12 PM
    c123s123Is it me or when Intel admits that they need a liquid cooler for their CPU it would indicate a design problem?

    It's you.
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  • 25 Hide
    mouse24 , October 12, 2011 2:06 PM
    cool! but im wondering how much higher this will push prices :) 
  • 22 Hide
    theconsolegamer , October 12, 2011 2:12 PM
    That's what you call stealing someone's thunder!
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    seana45 , October 12, 2011 2:16 PM
    Hmm, very intresting move by intel. I had a water cooled system many years ago, was nothing but headaches and a burnt CPU at the end of the day. Technology has come along way, I a definatly excited about the new intel system.
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    enewmen , October 12, 2011 2:23 PM
    I thought this goes against Intel's goals for lower TDP ??
    Water cooling not dead forever? 60c at idle not dead forever?
    I loved water cooling before, but I'm tired of using so much heat just to check THG.
    As much as I love OCing - Call me wierd, but I will love to see quad-oct core Intel or AMD (MAD) desktop CPUs run at 5w idle and 40w MAX on air at 4+ Ghz.. Yes - The basic heat sucks, but people shouldn't need more.

    For now I'll assume the Core i7-3000 can run at full turbo speed on air... lalalalala
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    burnley14 , October 12, 2011 2:23 PM
    c123s123Is it me or when Intel admits that they need a liquid cooler for their CPU it would indicate a design problem?

    Not at all. It's just another option for builders to use. Some people love to have their components cooled with water, some are fine on air. It's nice to have the option to choose now though.
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    Lyden , October 12, 2011 2:40 PM
    c123s123Is it me or when Intel admits that they need a liquid cooler for their CPU it would indicate a design problem?


    Admits what? the 2600k can be overclocked to 4.8GHz on their stock cooler. Hush.
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    dickcheney , October 12, 2011 2:41 PM
    c123s123Is it me or when Intel admits that they need a liquid cooler for their CPU it would indicate a design problem?


    No?

    Overclocking headroom...
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    brickman , October 12, 2011 2:44 PM
    Like the frosty blue fan. Must make it run cooler :D 
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    spectrewind , October 12, 2011 2:46 PM
    If that's what it looks like... I somehow see Corsair going after Intel for this one. The photo in this article looks a lot like the Corsair Hydro H70.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , October 12, 2011 2:54 PM
    Quote:
    Is it me or when Intel admits that they need a liquid cooler for their CPU it would indicate a design problem?


    Troll much? I'd rather Intel "admit" high TDP and bundle a liquid cooler than pretend that stock crap cooler they have since LGA 775 is enough! If I'm getting an "Extreme" CPU, I definitely don't care whether it's eco-friendly/power-saving/low TDP. All I want is that it smokes all other CPUs in all tasks and doesn't fry :) 

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    Water cooling not dead forever? 60c at idle not dead forever?


    Where do you get 60C on idle? :heink:  Even when I had my gaming rig in a crappy generic case with stock cooler and BIOS glitch that upped the temperature readings by 10C, I had 48-55 on idle. Now I have 28-32C (would be lower, but my ambient is high). I can't imagine how shitty the cooling system must be for the CPU to idle @ 60C, and if you're hinting at the fact that "Extreme" CPUs have that kind of idle temps, it's only logical that Intel includes a liquid cooling solution.

    Oh, and the design is lovely (didn't expect something as nice from Intel, their mobos looks like junk); hopefully the performance of both the CPUs and the coolers will be the same.
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    lassik , October 12, 2011 2:56 PM
    I remember when CPU's had tiny heatsinks with no fans at all...

    In 10 years time they'll come with their own tank of liquid nitrogen!
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    molo9000 , October 12, 2011 3:07 PM
    This is silly. A good air cooler is still better than these entry level water cooling solutions.
    Anyone serious about having a cool and quiet system is going to throw this thing away and buy something better.

    amk-aka-phantomIf I'm getting an "Extreme" CPU, I definitely don't care whether it's eco-friendly/power-saving/low TDP. All I want is that it smokes all other CPUs in all tasks and doesn't fry


    Call me weird, but I prefer my gaming PC not to sound like a vacuum cleaner.
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    namelessmuffin , October 12, 2011 3:12 PM
    c123s123Is it me or when Intel admits that they need a liquid cooler for their CPU it would indicate a design problem?

    It's you.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , October 12, 2011 3:19 PM
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    In 10 years time they'll come with their own tank of liquid nitrogen!


    I'm in! :bounce: 

    Quote:
    This is silly. A good air cooler is still better than these entry level water cooling solutions.
    Anyone serious about having a cool and quiet system is going to throw this thing away and buy something better.

    Call me weird, but I prefer my gaming PC not to sound like a vacuum cleaner.


    This will be better than the stock Intel cooler for sure. And since the CPU anyway costs $1K, they should include that at no extra charge (though I doubt it). If you prefer your gaming PC to not sound like a vacuum cleaner, drop your GPU... my Twin Frozr II fans sound like one when they're on 75%+, and I frankly don't care, I have good headphones.

    Besides, the topic is the liquid cooler... it will be quiet.
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    wingartz , October 12, 2011 3:23 PM
    lol asetek plating both ways, liquid cooling with bulldozer and now with sandy bridge E
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    lp231 , October 12, 2011 3:27 PM
    IMO the water cooling isn't because of TDP. I say it's more of a marketing
    idea to lure in more buyers? Hey, if all Sandy Bridge-E Core i7 have the option of water cooling and the price is cheaper then you buying separately, I won't mind having one. :D 
    But from Intel's history, most of these items are 99% only available with their "extreme editions"... :\
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    CaedenV , October 12, 2011 3:31 PM
    enewmenI thought this goes against Intel's goals for lower TDP ??Water cooling not dead forever? 60c at idle not dead forever?I loved water cooling before, but I'm tired of using so much heat just to check THG.As much as I love OCing - Call me wierd, but I will love to see quad-oct core Intel or AMD (MAD) desktop CPUs run at 5w idle and 40w MAX on air at 4+ Ghz.. Yes - The basic heat sucks, but people shouldn't need more.For now I'll assume the Core i7-3000 can run at full turbo speed on air... lalalalala

    The new E series barely fits within their TDP specs, and they knew that their stock heat sinks would not do the trick, and that most people are going to get their own cooling solution anyways, so they went with a water cooler as it is cheaper then a bunch of copper for those who don't know how to pick a proper cooling solution.
    These are going to be some hot CPUs for monster machines! I hope this is a trend that we see going forward; kick-ass consumer models like the SB procs, and then ridiculous high end systems like the E series. As previously benched these will not add much to gaming rigs (except for the added PCIe lanes), but these will give a huge advantage to the professional markets where rendering is paramount!

    Also, that is some heartless marketing by intel. Not even 12hrs of the NDAs being lifted from Bulldozer, and the sad benchmarks being released and intel says "Oh, not only are we better, but we will 'give' you water cooling as well". Give AMD some time to lick their wounds before kicking them! lol
    Rock on!
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    The_Trutherizer , October 12, 2011 3:42 PM
    Most comments here sound like they were written by 12 year old kiddies. The CPU is fast becoming a secondary consideration for a typical desktop computer. Call me silly, but the way I see it value is of primary concern in this day and age. Just about any modern CPU along with a kickass graphics card does the trick.
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