Excerpt: Intel isn’t shipping stock heatsinks with Sandy Bridge-E CPUs, perhaps assuming that consumers of $600 and $1,000 CPUs are going to want performance a little better than Intel’s stock coolers have typically provided. Instead, Intel is offering a branded liquid-cooling loop as an optional accessory.
Pros: Easy install; good build quality; quiet at low temperatures.
Cons: Loud at high temps; doesn’t cool as well as a $30 air cooler.
Excerpt: While we were at the Intel Developer Forum earlier this year we got a look at Intel’s new liquid cooler kit to be released with their new Sandy Bridge-E processors and X79 chipset . It was rumored then that Intel would not be shipping the new LGA2011 processors in retail boxes without coolers.