- Intel X38BT Extreme Edition Motherboard
- Intel QX9650 Quad Core Extreme CPU
- Zalman CNPS9700 LED CPU Heat Pipe Cooler
- Dual (2x) ATI Radeon HD 3870 X2 1GB Graphics PCI-E
- Dual (2x) 150GB Western Digital Raptor 10K SATA 150 RAID 1
- Dual (2x) 500GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 SATA 300 RAID 1
- Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Elite Pro
- Antec P180B Chassis
- 1200Watt (1.2KW) ThermalTake ToughPower 4 Rail
- Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 5.1
We were surprised by the size of the box: It is at least twice the size of a regular Core 2 CPU box. Not only that, it weighs less than the standard Core 2 CPU box too.
Once we had the packinging open, the tray holding everything has changed.
Core 2 Extreme QX9650 Packaging
The reason for this packaging change?
Intel is trying to give Zalman a run for their money! ;)
But seriously folks, Intel is packaging a new CPU cooler for their new 45nm Extreme processors.
Here are a number of screenshots:
Intel QX9650 CPU Cooler - Top - No Fan
The cooler unit itself is very light. It looks as though there is a single heat pipe within the large hollow barrel below the fan motor.
Intel QX9650 CPU Cooler - Bottom
While it is a huge step in the right direction for Intel CPU cooling in that it is light weight, capable of greater cooling due to the heat pipe, and quieter because of the larger fan it will not discourage avid users from purchasing a product like the Zalman.
This is one area where Intel should learn a lesson from AMD: Package the Extreme series processor in a small environmentally friendly box and leave the CPU cooler up to us.
This way costs for packaging the CPU go down significantly and those savings can be passed along to us in the form of a price reduction on the CPU.
For the Extreme series CPU purchaser, it is pretty much a given that they already have a cooling method in mind from a good air based cooler such as the Zalman, to a water based method, or the exteme of liquid nitrogen (Live search).
UPDATE: Missed this one in the inital post:
This little sheet came with the processor in the box.
Intel Core 2 Extreme Processor Cooling Solution
Note their qualifier under Thermal performance to spare:
Designed to meet and exceed thermal performance needs for the Intel Core 2 Extreme Edition processors under normal user conditions.This further reaffirms the need for an aftermarket CPU cooling product for those who are looking to tweak their CPU performance or are looking for optimal thermal qualities in a CPU cooler.
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