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Intel Prototypes New Cooler for Gulftown CPU

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 52 comments

Intel's heatsink and fan goes to the gym, gets beefcake.

Intel retail boxed processors always come packed with a heatsink and fan. While they aren't the most elaborate cooling solutions, they are quiet, efficient, and even adequate for some light overclocking.

Of course, those serious about keeping their hot chips cool will opt for aftermarket solutions. For the upcoming six-core Nehalem-based Gulftown CPU, Intel will be packing it with a tower-style heatsink.

PCWorld.fr snapped pictures of a prototype of the cooler that will be paired with Gulftown. Besides just a bigger heatsink with more fins, the proposed cooler also features four copper heatpipes.

Check out more pictures here.

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    hispeed120 , September 28, 2009 5:19 PM
    This makes me worried. Seeing as Intel(or any company for that matter) tried to obtain the highest profits while still allowing for a reliable product, the inclusion of these coolers may hint that the power requirements/thermals are significantly higher than in previous processors.

    Either that or they are giving us a decent cooler just for the heck of it. I'm betting on my first comment, but hoping for the second. :) 
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    jwl3 , September 28, 2009 5:23 PM
    Uh oh for Zalman, Coolemaster, Xigmatek, etc.

    The difference in temps just got a whole lot narrower from stock to aftermarket.

    Wonder if this means that Intel will themselves be "overclocking" their CPU's as stock now that they can dissipate heat better. Imagine them OC'ing an i7 860 to an i7 870 and charging the 870's price - all because of a better heatsink.
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    Scotteq , September 28, 2009 5:31 PM
    *gaah* I meant "1366 quads"


    Oh - And Three Cheers for the engineer who *finally* convinced Intel to do away with those Gawdam%$(*#@ed pushpins!
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    hispeed120 , September 28, 2009 5:19 PM
    This makes me worried. Seeing as Intel(or any company for that matter) tried to obtain the highest profits while still allowing for a reliable product, the inclusion of these coolers may hint that the power requirements/thermals are significantly higher than in previous processors.

    Either that or they are giving us a decent cooler just for the heck of it. I'm betting on my first comment, but hoping for the second. :) 
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    mavroxur , September 28, 2009 5:20 PM
    That's pretty impressive by boxed-OEM Intel heatsink standards.
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    jwl3 , September 28, 2009 5:23 PM
    Uh oh for Zalman, Coolemaster, Xigmatek, etc.

    The difference in temps just got a whole lot narrower from stock to aftermarket.

    Wonder if this means that Intel will themselves be "overclocking" their CPU's as stock now that they can dissipate heat better. Imagine them OC'ing an i7 860 to an i7 870 and charging the 870's price - all because of a better heatsink.
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    doomtomb , September 28, 2009 5:26 PM
    hispeed120This makes me worried. Seeing as Intel(or any company for that matter) tried to obtain the highest profits while still allowing for a reliable product, the inclusion of these coolers may hint that the power requirements/thermals are significantly higher than in previous processors.Either that or they are giving us a decent cooler just for the heck of it. I'm betting on my first comment, but hoping for the second.

    This has been necessary for some time now. Ever since the first quads, the stock intel cooler has become insufficient at cooling the CPU and renders overclocking virtually impossible. Nehalems have higher thermals than Core 2 Quads and I only expect the thermals to continue to go up but better smaller manufacturing processes (32nm) and lower voltages will curb this trend slightly. I'm not worried, my watercooling performs well.
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    Scotteq , September 28, 2009 5:28 PM
    Hmmm... It's not like Intel to go overboard - they'll absolutely make something that's appropriate/adequate for the task at hand - but not a whole lot more. Though with 2 more physical cores, if they were to maintain current TDP they'd necesarily have to cut the existing 4 back. So it makes sense we (may be) geting an acknowledgement of thermal reality in the box.

    Question: How many nanoseconds will it take before someone decides to put one of these HSFs on the existing (warm...) 1600 quads?
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    Scotteq , September 28, 2009 5:31 PM
    *gaah* I meant "1366 quads"


    Oh - And Three Cheers for the engineer who *finally* convinced Intel to do away with those Gawdam%$(*#@ed pushpins!
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    Anonymous , September 28, 2009 6:16 PM
    Gee... It sort of looks like AMD's Black Edition heatsink... Not that AMD innovates and Intel imitates... (of course, some fanboy is going to say "well, Intel does it better", see my next comment).

    If only Intel didn't have the OEMs by the balls in the Athlon 64 days, unfairly and illegally stealing marketshare....


    That design is utter shit though... Look at the lack of a shroud around the fan, it's going to blow air out the sides instead of forcing it through the fins.. Idiots...
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    eklipz330 , September 28, 2009 6:16 PM
    zipzoomflyhighFor a thousand bucks you SHOULD get a decent cooler right? To JWL3, they do that already. Do you really think a $1000 i7 950 is any different than a i7 920? No, they just clocked it higher.


    the i7 975 are just better binned with unlocked multipliers
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    Ryric , September 28, 2009 6:29 PM
    Would be nice to see them make it so you could swap the fan out for a potentially slient/better airflow unit aftermarket. I think everyone is correct about the increase in heat from additional cores, my inital read would be that its not going to replace aftermarket coolers, its just intel dealing with the realities of the situation. Although I always wondered why intel even bothered with a bundled heatsink, a aftermarket one costs $50...
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    krazynutz , September 28, 2009 6:38 PM
    Would it be feasible that Intel is packaging in a much better cooler to advertise their chips' overclocking potential? By doing this, they can both raise the price of their boxed cpu's by $25+ and keep people from needing to buy 3rd party coolers. Extra profit for Intel while "giving the people what they want" up front. Win-win, as long as the coolers can compete with Xigmatek, Zalman, and Thermalright. Don't get me wrong. I love my HDT-S1283 but if I didn't have to buy it, that's more $$ I could spend elsewhere. Could get interesting.
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    krazynutz , September 28, 2009 6:49 PM
    Keep in mind that this is supposed to be a prototype. If you click on the link in the article, you get to see more pics. I was right, they're pushing overclocking as a perk of the heatsink, but with those temps (in Real Temp?), not sure what the headroom is!
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    yang , September 28, 2009 7:02 PM
    I don't care what they offer. as long as they got rid of the god awful push pins I'm happy.
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    frozenlead , September 28, 2009 7:24 PM
    Does anyone else sense a trend? A while back Intel's top chip got hotter and hotter (peaking at the Pentium D - or two Pentium 4's) until AMD knocked them off the hill. Then AMD got lazy, and Intel made an efficient chip. Now Intel is making chips hotter and hotter...
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    cjl , September 28, 2009 7:58 PM
    And the best part of all?

    It doesn't have the goddamn pushpins.
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    extreme-pcs , September 28, 2009 8:26 PM
    Good bye and good riddance to the damn push pins. One of the worst HSF retention mechanisms of all time!
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    warmon6 , September 28, 2009 8:31 PM
    Well lets just "HOPE" that they don't include the push pins. Remember this is a Prototype and it can change in the future. AKA it mean they may still add those dumb things on it.

    cjlAnd the best part of all?It doesn't have the goddamn pushpins.

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    eyemaster , September 28, 2009 8:31 PM
    I'm thinking back at the heatsink that came with my Cyrix 100 (or was it 166?). Boy was it small and simple when you compare it to just 12 years after. Heatsinks now are massive elaborate designs!
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    Shadow703793 , September 28, 2009 8:52 PM
    JWL3Uh oh for Zalman, Coolemaster, Xigmatek, etc.The difference in temps just got a whole lot narrower from stock to aftermarket.Wonder if this means that Intel will themselves be "overclocking" their CPU's as stock now that they can dissipate heat better. Imagine them OC'ing an i7 860 to an i7 870 and charging the 870's price - all because of a better heatsink.

    Doubt table. I'd say this is close to an old Freezer 7. Notice that the Intel one isn't DHT. Also look at the fact that the fan looks like it's 92mm, not 120mm. At any rate, I do hope i9 doesn't go the way of the P4s in terms of thermals.
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    warezme , September 28, 2009 8:55 PM
    anyone notice the fan design is practically a paddle wheel.
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    erloas , September 28, 2009 9:03 PM
    The question is how much more does it cost Intel to make a heatsink like this compared to what they already include with their processors. If the old design cost them $2.50 and this new design costs them $3.15 thats next to nothing compared to the $100+ for the CPUs they will be bundled with (most will be in the $200+ range to a lot more).

    The advantages is the same as aftermarket coolers, quitter and lower heat, both of which are selling points to everyone. Even the layman that knows nothing about overclocking or what is a good or bad temperature for a CPU is, they can easily understand quit and less heat is easy to sell too.
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