Latest Forum Posts

Latest News Posts
Coming Soon!
Go Back > Hardware > Overclocking and Cooling

Overclocking and Cooling Looking for overclocking tips? Want to boast about your feats? Discuss that and cooling here.

Thread Tools
Old 10-22-2008, 02:06 PM   #1
Rob Williams
Rob Williams's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Atlantic Canada
Posts: 13,366
Default Using Current LGA775 CPU Coolers on Core i7

From our front-page news:
So, you want to upgrade to Intel's latest Core i7 when it's finally unleashed on the very-suspecting public. Sounds like a good plan, but did you realize that you'll need to take a few factors into consideration? If you've been reading our pages, then you likely do, but if you don't, we'll be sure to constantly remind you all the way up to the official launch (but unlike the killing off of the analog TV signal, you'll probably listen to our warnings!).

Well, unlike the Core launch, which utilized the same LGA775 socket, Core i7 changes things up, with a slightly larger socket at LGA1336. Luckily, the actual IHS size hasn't changed much, and the die underneath has actually shrunk, so all current CPU coolers for the LGA775 platform will work just fine. What will be required is a bracket upgrade, and in our talks with numerous vendors, almost everyone promises to have their upgrade kits available for launch. Good thing... CPU coolers aren't cheap!

Although I'm unsure if other companies are doing this, Noctua is one that told me straight out that if you own one of their coolers and can upload a proof-of-purchase, they'll ship you the upgrade kit for free. Other companies that will provide upgrade kits for sale at launch include Thermalright, Thermaltake, Cooler Master, Zalman, and potentially others. Those are the main five that seem to be on top of their game, though.

Since a Core i7 upgrade isn't going to be that cheap, it's nice to know that an upgrade kit is all it will take to reuse your favorite CPU cooler with the latest platform. Of course, if you buy an OEM CPU, you aren't going to be out of luck, but you probably won't want to be doing much overclocking on it.
Intel Core i7-3960X, GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2, Kingston 16GB DDR3-2133, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 2GB
Kingston HyperX 3K 240GB SSD (OS, Apps), WD VR 1TB (Games), Corsair 1000HX, Corsair H70 Cooler
Corsair 800D, Dell 2408WFP 24", ASUS Xonar Essence STX, Gentoo (KDE 4.11. 3.12 Kernel)

"Take care to get what you like, or you will be forced to like what you get!" - H.P. Baxxter
<Toad772> I don't always drink alcohol, but when I do, I take it too far.

Rob Williams is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Corsair Releases Entry-Level H40 & Fanless H70 CORE CPU Coolers Rob Williams Overclocking and Cooling 0 10-17-2011 11:13 AM
Looking for LGA775 quad results with World of Warcraft. killem2 Processors 7 03-03-2010 05:45 PM
old LGA775 CPU upgrade? Psi* Processors 11 01-15-2010 05:18 PM
Current Core i7 Processor Pricing Rob Williams Processors 0 12-01-2008 12:53 AM
How much faster are current day games / apps with a dual core? phonywish Processors 18 04-01-2006 12:16 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:58 AM.