Originally Posted by Epitope
Why not just skip including a heatsink altogether and let the enthusiast get the chip by itself? I imagine the majority of people who buy the extreme processors simply ignore the included heatsink anyways. Not including a heatsink would allow them to slightly lower the price. If the included cooler is anything short of absolutely amazing then including it is pointless and will only drive up the price.
I still think extreme series chips should come with silver heatspreaders instead of copper. I'm sure they could give the chips a silver heatspreader for the same price as a bundled H50. The silver heatspreader would enhance the cooling of whatever cooling solution the user chooses. Silver is about 15% more conductive than copper.
is an idea I truly like the sound of! Imagine if the surface of the CPU heatspreader was not only silver, but had a perfectly flat surface as well.
I'm sure lappers would not be happy with this, but it'd be welcomed by those that don't want to void their warranty on 1k chips.