Intel Prototypes New Cooler for Gulftown CPU

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
    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. :)
  • jwl3
    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.
  • Scotteq
    *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
    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. :)
  • mavroxur
    That's pretty impressive by boxed-OEM Intel heatsink standards.
  • jwl3
    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.