- Sep 12, 2011
Actually, it's all about having freedom for reviewers. Anyone buying an existing 1700X or 1800X will be providing their own cooler. Giving reviewers a special edition standard, decent, heatsink with only an upgraded fan helps to ensure reviewers are taking into account the reality of users who buy such a CPU.I suspect it probably has something to with the fact that they are not telling the truth about TDP. It is not 65 watt and 95 watt. If you notice, the new Wraith coolers are designed for 95w TDP and 140w TDP.
So, AMD sent a high quality cooler and a high rpm industrial fan to make sure the chips are cooled adequately to see XFR kick in. I'm not sure how much headroom there is really going to be beyond that frequency wise. Otherwise they would have sent their new Wraith coolers to show off as well.
We will see Tuesday, but that did raise a red flag and grab my attention.
I mean, seriously, who is going to run a $30 heatsink on a $500 CPU?
Well, I'll be trying with the old Phenom II X6 stock heatsink, but then I'll be using water