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The introduction of Core i7 and the X58 chipset has seen the transition to a new socket - the LGA1366. The older LGA775 will soon take a back seat like the many others before; Socket 478, Socket 423 and Socket 370. Each new socket brings a new generation of coolers.



The pin count of the new socket is much higher, standing at 1366 pins. Because of the increased pin count, a side effect is that it prevents people from mistakenly or accidentally using older incompatible Core 2 CPUs.

The primary reason for this switch, however, is due to the introduction of the QuickPath Interconnect (QPI), which not only carries data from other parts of the system (e.g. PCI-Express, NIC) but also transfers triple-channel DDR memory data between the CPU and the memory. In order for this progression in technology a radical change was required because the older LGA775 would not have been able to accommodate this new path.

The new socket features a metal backplate by default, whereas LGA775 did not. Intel appears to be anticipating hotter processors in the future and thus heavier heatsinks, which would explain the appearance of the backplate even though the Thermal Design Power (TDP) of the current Core i7 models is similar to that of Core 2 Extreme CPUs. (Editors Note: I believe enough users saw motherboard warping with the LGA775 and the super big heatsinks being used and that is probably one of the reasons why a backplate was introduced by default.)

Manufacturers of CPU cooling systems are no doubt rubbing their hands in glee at this change as well, and have wasted no time in bringing new solutions to the market that support this new socket. We got our hands on two LGA1366 heatsinks, in addition to the default Intel heatsink and went to work testing with our itchy fingers.

On a side note, Intel isn't necessarily going to be using the LGA1366 on all its CPUs in the near future. We're hearing rumors of a LGA1156 socket destined for mainstream and value processors, but it's still not known whether the mounting system for that will be compatible with LGA1366's.

Back on topic however, the Asus Triton 81 is targeted at casual overclockers, whereas the Thermalright Ultra 120 eXtreme 1366 RT is quite obviously ("Oh my gawd, it's so BIG") intended for those who want the best temperatures without having to mess with more advanced forms of cooling.

Even though the default cooler is sufficient for operation at stock settings, many will certainly want to push their brand new Core i7 further. How much more will these aftermarket coolers enable you to overclock? Read on to see our findings.
http://vr-zone.com/articles/lga1366-....html?doc=6237
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No surprise a true beats a cooler sporting 90mm fans. But wow the i7 sure likes to run VERY hot. makes me wonder why intels thermal specs for the i7 are mysteriously missing....
Edited by Derp - 12/16/08 at 6:27pm
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Enough with the overclocking of 965s for crying out loud! 940s are bad enough, but 920s are what the mainstream enthusiast is going to purchase and so that's what should be benched.
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Enough with the overclocking of 965s for crying out loud! 940s are bad enough, but 920s are what the mainstream enthusiast is going to purchase and so that's what should be benched.
well, it isn't always about the mainstream. sometimes covering the extreme examples is great...otherwise why even look at other extreme stuff like LN2 or phase?
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well, it isn't always about the mainstream. sometimes covering the extreme examples is great...otherwise why even look at other extreme stuff like LN2 or phase?
Except that I was referring to the fact that 99% of the reviews are covering what you mentioned, hence my comment...
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I'm with ya stargate! I hate when you want to check out a video card review and the reviewers are rockin' an i7 965, 6GB of RAM, a 400+ dollars motherboard, etc. It's pretty annoying. That's why I've always loved Guru3D. They used a stock X6800 for a long time. Only recently did they upgrade to an E8400.
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Enough with the overclocking of 965s for crying out loud! 940s are bad enough, but 920s are what the mainstream enthusiast is going to purchase and so that's what should be benched.
I think they like the 965's because
#1. They have one on hand.
#2. It has greater flexibility in adjusting clocks.

When they're testing heatsinks, does it really matter what CPU they use when they're in the same family? A 920 is going to make the same amount of heat if they run the same freq and voltage.


What I want to know is why are their temps so crappy? my 920 barely kisses 60 at full bore on the stock HSF.
Edited by Arkanor - 12/16/08 at 9:37pm
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I think they like the 965's because
#1. They have one on hand.
#2. It has greater flexibility in adjusting clocks.

When they're testing heatsinks, does it really matter what CPU they use when they're in the same family? A 920 is going to make the same amount of heat if they run the same freq and voltage.


What I want to know is why are their temps so crappy? my 920 barely kisses 60 at full bore on the stock HSF.
my 920 at 3.5ghz hits 61c tops on my TRUE but my voltage is 1.27. Never tried lower voltage hit 3.5ghz stable on first try and never went back to fix it lol when I get my water kit tomorrow ill play with it some more.
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I think they like the 965's because
#1. They have one on hand.
#2. It has greater flexibility in adjusting clocks.

When they're testing heatsinks, does it really matter what CPU they use when they're in the same family? A 920 is going to make the same amount of heat if they run the same freq and voltage.


What I want to know is why are their temps so crappy? my 920 barely kisses 60 at full bore on the stock HSF.
Your #2 reason is exactly why the 920 should be reviewed and not the 965. They tested overclockability given the heat sink, so the overclockability of the 920 will be different than the 965. Since this tested heat sinks, it is not as much of a big deal, but I still stand by my complaint.
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Your #2 reason is exactly why the 920 should be reviewed and not the 965. They tested overclockability given the heat sink, so the overclockability of the 920 will be different than the 965. Since this tested heat sinks, it is not as much of a big deal, but I still stand by my complaint.
Definitely, but if their overclocking was limited by the chip, than it would be effectively a review of the overclocking ability of the chip, not the heatsink.
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