Intel i7 970 Review
The New Cooler
Unlike many of the chips we get from Intel we were lucky enough to receive a retail box for the 970.
The chip itself is very standard and is in the plastic CPU holder we're all used to by now.
Intel are definitely making a move in the right direction with their new tower-based cooler. It's much better than the old reference ones.
As you can see there is a fairly dense fin count and four 8mm heatpipes. It's a nice looking cooler considering. Just a shame the unshrouded fan isn't brilliant. Lots of air gets pushed outwards rather than through the cooler so it always has to run much faster than it otherwise would with a more standard design. It's a start though.