Retail-boxed Intel cooler seen in Japanese store

As unlikely as it sounds, Intel may be getting into the aftermarket CPU cooler business. At least, there are few other explanations for why Akiba PC Hotline found a retail-boxed LGA1156 heatsink in a Japanese store a few days ago.

Judging from the pictures, the tower-style cooler comes in a shiny blue box labeled "Intel thermal solution XTS100H." This retail package reportedly sold for ¥4,980, which works out to around $55 U.S. dollars—roughly in the same league as some of the nicer third-party heatsinks around, like Thermaltake’s V1.

According to Akiba, the XTS100H weighs in at 865 grams and features a 130-mm fan with a speed range of 800 to 2,600 RPM. Rated noise levels range from 17 to 45 dB. A switch at the top lets users toggle from "S" to "P" modes, which one would assume are different fan speed presets.

Otherwise, Akiba says the cooler looks very much like what Intel bundles with the Core i7-980X Extreme, except with three heat pipes instead of four, a smaller footprint, and several other, minor differences. The site provides some comparison photos of the two designs.

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    • FuturePastNow
    • 9 years ago

    So this is why the new “K” processors don’t include a boxed cooler- Intel wants to sell you one.

    • Forge
    • 9 years ago

    I doubt it’ll sell well. The i7-980X’s HSF is better (more area, more pipes) than this one, it’s somewhat loud as high end coolers go, and it doesn’t cool as well.

    For 20$ more you could have the very best, for 20$ less you could have most of the cooling ability.

    It’s a crowded market already. This is a Lose idea.

    • aatu
    • 9 years ago

    865g? 130mm fan? Also PWM I suppose?

    Doesn’t sound that bad. The high RPMs scare me a little bit, though… I wonder how much it will cost here in Europe. And how it fares with the competition.

    Edit: Didn’t notice the “45dB”. Maybe they should change/outsource the fan? Because that 45dB might be loud. Or maybe they aren’t meant for home consumers?

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 9 years ago

    They have to! Their current heatsinks sucks the big one now.

    • UberGerbil
    • 9 years ago


      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      Too bad it’s the wrong socket type, or it would be perfect for cooling the plastic Core i7 Newegg special.

        • NeelyCam
        • 9 years ago

        I’m sure you could get a socket adapter made from recycled bamboo

    • Jigar
    • 9 years ago

    Link is not working …

    • Firestarter
    • 9 years ago

    The Thermaltake V1 is pretty obsolete ๐Ÿ˜

      • Fighterpilot
      • 9 years ago

      ….and still working great as CPUs are getting cooler ๐Ÿ™‚

        • derFunkenstein
        • 9 years ago

        Still, for that price I’d rather buy a CNPS10X Performa, or for $15 less I’d buy a Xigmatek 1283, which is also a bit older but it performs better.

    • wira020
    • 9 years ago

    Went to the website but didnt found the pic… I wonder if intel also provide bracket for AMD socket.. hehe..

    • Walkintarget
    • 9 years ago

    Would be kinda interesting if Intel decided to get into the GPU market .. errr, wait .. nevermind.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 9 years ago

    Linkies no work good. They just go to the main page for me and even glancing over the headlines I couldn’t find details.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 9 years ago

    Unlikely? This is Intel. They want to own everything. I find it more unlikely that they designed the 980X’s tower cooler for the sole purpose of packaging it with one CPU that no one is going to buy, and even fewer will use.

    And yet, countless websites were given one and talked about it in their reviews of the CPU. HMMMMMMMMMM MYSTERY…

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