Building a top-of-the-line PC? By the time Intel's Sandy Bridge-E chips roll out, you may have to think twice about getting a fancy aftermarket cooler. X-bit labs reports that retail-boxed Sandy Bridge-E CPUs will ship with a closed-loop liquid cooler from Asetek.
The cooler, pictured in the X-bit labs piece, includes a copper cold plate and a radiator with a blue 120-mm fan strapped onto it. A curved plastic shroud surrounds the fan, giving the contraption a little extra visual flair. More important, the combination of a copper cold plate, a meaty radiator, and a 120-mm fan ought to guarantee some measure of quiet—something not all stock coolers pull off, especially with power-hungry processors.
If we're to believe the latest whispers from the rumor mill, Intel is going to release Sandy Bridge-E on November 14. The processor will require new motherboards with LGA2011 sockets and quad memory channels. X-bit labs says the flagship Sandy Bridge-E model will have six cores, 12 threads, a top Turbo speed of 3.9GHz, 12MB of L3 cache, and a 130W thermal envelope.
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