AMD might package Bulldozer processors with liquid-cooling kits

AMD might package Bulldozer processors with liquid-cooling kits

Summary: As if the anticipation for AMD's new Bulldozer (a.k.

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As if the anticipation for AMD's new Bulldozer (a.k.a. Zambezi a.k.a. FX Series) processors isn't already high enough among enthusiasts, the company may up the ante further by including a liquid-cooling solution with boxed versions of the new chips, according to X-bit Labs.

Such a move would entice overclockers to look at AMD's latest and greatest, since liquid cooling would give them an automatic incentive to start goosing the Bulldozers to higher performance and help such attempts more than the air-based cooling usually bundled with CPUs. It's unclear whether a kit would be bundled with all eight-core Bulldozers, or just the top one, and X-bit Labs surmises that something like the Antec Kühler H2O 620 liquid-cooling kit would be included in the package.

But it might not be long before Intel joins AMD in offering liquid-cooling with its top processors. The chip leader is also mulling bundling a water-cooling kit with its new Sandy Bridge E CPUs, which will become Intel's top-performing (and priciest) desktop processors.

Would you pay extra for a new CPU if it came with a liquid-cooling system? Or would you rather assemble your own? Let us know in the Comments section.

Topics: Hardware, Processors

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  • No thanks AMD

    I don't mind liquid cooling, I just like to have complete control over ever part in my computer.And also i heard the cooler from Antec that they are going to use is loud. Gimme the top of the line bulldozer in OEM and make it a little cheaper, that would be better for me.
    saneblane
    • Try again

      @saneblane

      Nothing Antec makes is loud.
      Joe_Raby
      • RE: AMD might package Bulldozer processors with liquid-cooling kits

        @Joe_Raby HAHAHA what about the high pitched tp-750 psu's or the clicking khuler 620?

        The 100/300/600/900/1200 cases are banshees and the fans in the DF cases sound like theyre going to fly off their axis at any moment
        seca400
      • I've never had the problems you describe

        @seca400

        I've bought both of those before - lots of them. I build systems for a living and have NOT ONCE had any issues that you describe. I've used TP-750's in dozens of system configurations in all different cases (practically every model, except for the rackmount ones) and they are whisper quiet. In fact, the only systems that my company has built that were loud were systems that utilized Intel's stock coolers on the Core i7 processors.

        All of the fans operate optimally at low-medium because the CFM at high isn't optimized for that blade size, and I've NEVER had to switch any fans to high, even on systems where I achieve a .5GHz overclock. If you're using some crap Thermaltake case with umpteen 80mm fans, then you need to crank up the speed, but larger fans don't require it. Antec is just plain smarter about cooling than these fadster companies that think that it's "cool" (figuratively) to have a hundred small fans all running at full blast, and then require noise insulation to compensate.

        I think over the course of the last 5 years we've been using Antec, we've had to replace maybe 4 power supplies, and 2 fans were defective, which accounts for a less-than 1% out of our total 4% component defect rate. Overall, we've had far more defective hard drives (especially Seagate with their shoddy firmware, which prompted them to offer free data recovery diagnostics - which is the reason we switched to WD) and other components than we've had from Antec.
        Joe_Raby
      • I like Antec

        @Joe_Raby But of the two cases I have, one sounds like an airport and the other is low end does not need the cooling. You're certainly welcome to your opinion, but it is different than mine.
        happyharry_z
      • It's not opinion

        @happyharry_z

        ....it's experience. We've built hundreds of systems over the last year and none of them have ever been louder than a faint whisper.

        Perhaps your experience with your 1 computer differs, but it is not the norm. Not by a long shot.
        Joe_Raby
  • RE: AMD might package Bulldozer processors with liquid-cooling kits

    Probably not gonna happen. This would make more buzz if it was true.
    campcreekdude
  • RE: AMD might package Bulldozer processors with liquid-cooling kits

    I haven't liquid cooled anything in my life, so if the processor maker packages it, then it'll give me incentive to use it.
    bbbl67
    • RE: AMD might package Bulldozer processors with liquid-cooling kits

      @bbbl67 Same here man. My room is always very cold, and with the amount of fans (and the size of the fans) I have going with my setup, liquid cooling is not needed.

      I'll take it if they bundle it with the new Bulldozers though.
      Bates_
  • RE: AMD might package Bulldozer processors with liquid-cooling kits

    Package it with the Corsair H100 and maybe I'll consider it if it's discounted.
    jewie27
  • RE: AMD might package Bulldozer processors with liquid-cooling kits

    i think most overclockers have liquid cooling AMD and Intel the processor fans are far too loud if your listening to music mixing it or listening to a dvd a silent computer is needed. both intel and AMD are behind the times with what today's user uses there computer for.i don't overclock but use eco liquid cooler with ventilation at the top of the computer no noise.
    brightstar10
  • RE: AMD might package Bulldozer processors with liquid-cooling kits

    I don't get all this talk about fan noise. If I can't hear it over my air conditioner and television, it's all good.
    rmakara1
  • RE: AMD might package Bulldozer processors with liquid-cooling kits

    LOL, I dont know what kind of Liquid Cooling Systems you guys are using, but my Thermaltake with three fans in the front with the tank built into my case that i rigged up never makes noise, hehe... well i overclock everything and anything with no noise, the only noise i used to have when overclocking anything was those crappy Sapphire 4890's that barely last two yrs with those terrible fan designs. but have been replaced with cooling and now have no noise on niegther my CPU nor GPU L.C. Fans. I'd Say AMD gimme Two Boxed Versions : One With Fan Cooling Thats Cheaper and The other with Liquid Cooling thats just slightly more expensive, I could use that version for outdoor use during the Hot Sweaty Texas Summer.... Win Win Situation everybody wins.
    hackerdemon2000@...
  • RE: AMD might package Bulldozer processors with liquid-cooling kits

    depends if the cooling kit is for the whole PC or just the processor. It would look somewhat odd to have a water-cooled processor and a fan-cooled graphics card in the same system :D
    Imrhien
    • RE: AMD might package Bulldozer processors with liquid-cooling kits

      @Imrhien What do you mean? I have a water cooled processor that is heavily overclocked and air cooled SLI 460's and it looks very good... just saying. Not sure if you are being sarcastic.
      .haste
  • RE: AMD might package Bulldozer processors with liquid-cooling kits

    I suspect that amd is going to market an entire system,
    including ram and liquid cooling under their brand.
    firesurfer
  • It's time for nuclear-fusion-powered cars!

    If they can put liquid in a PC, they can put nuclear fusion in automobiles and STOP THE INSANITY of fossil fuels and how they are used by the One Worlders to dictate our every move. Nuclear fusion is the cheapest, cleanest, purest source of energy in the universe. It's no wonder why all those glazed-eyed environmental zealots don't want any nuclear reactors built anymore.

    While they're at it, let's put nuclear fusion in computer chips--heck--who needs electricity any more (just don't spill your coffee on your keyboard anymore ...). ;0)
    lalogos
  • RE: AMD might package Bulldozer processors with liquid-cooling kits

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  • No Liquid Cooling

    I never used liquid cooling before and I'm not about to start now. The thought of liquid running near my expensive components... And the fact that I leave my system on 24/7 all that needs to happen is to have a seal break and I can kiss the computer goodbye.
    Jimster480