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Intel to Bundle Liquid Cooler with 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.

  • xtremeways
    Meh
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  • mouse24
    cool! but im wondering how much higher this will push prices :)
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  • theconsolegamer
    That's what you call stealing someone's thunder!
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  • Is it me or when Intel admits that they need a liquid cooler for their CPU it would indicate a design problem?
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  • seana45
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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  • Like the frosty blue fan. Must make it run cooler :D
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