Intel’s new Coffee Lake CPUs: Increased Thermal Load

With Coffee Lake, Intel has recently released its eighth processor generation. As part of the launch of the new generation of processors, a new chipset the Z370 has also been introduced.

While CPU coolers as offered by ARCTIC are still compatible thanks to the same mechanical socket, switching to the new Coffee Lake Processors requires a new mainboard due to its new chipset.

Motherboards with older chipsets (like Z270 / H310 / H370 / B360) are no longer compatible with Intel Coffee Lake processors despite the mechanically identical socket.

Up to 100 Watts extra load

The German magazine c’t examined four new motherboards with the chipset Z370 in a test in issue 23/2017. They discovered that in their default settings all motherboards overclock and operate the processors outside Intel’s specifications. The following mainboards were tested:

  • Asrock Z370 Extreme4
  • Asus PrimeZ370-A
  • MSI Z370-A Pro
  • Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming

Intel’s restrictions regarding the turbo boost (concerning, for example, power supply and multipliers) are circumvented by all tested motherboards and result in a significant additional thermal stress.

In the case of Intel’s latest flagship model, the i7 8700K, it can lead to an increased power consumption of up to an additional 100 W. This causes a noticeably elevated temperature of the processor and requires a cooling solution that can cover this power peak.

Even if Intel officially states a TDP of 95 watts for the current top model 8700K, when using one of the mentioned motherboards under full load, a cooling solution for up to 180 W may be necessary. Alternatively, the default overclocking has to be deactivated in the BIOS.

 Powerful CPU Cooler necessary

We advise all users of Intel’s Coffee Lake and their K CPUs to pay attention to this extra thermal load via overclocking when choosing their cooler, or alternatively to disable the automated overclocking in the BIOS.

How to cool AMD Ryzen Threadripper Processors?

The Ryzen Threadripper is the new CPU from AMD for high-end systems – which possibilities do you have to efficiently cool a CPU with up to 16 cores?

Up to 16 cores and 32 threads, 4,096 pins, 64 PCI-E 3.0 lanes, quad-channel DDR4 RAM and 180 W TDP: The new AMD Ryzen Threadripper are very powerful CPU and with sufficient reserves even for demanding tasks.

The physical dimension of the Threadripper alone show the need for a powerful cooling solution. With the mentioned 4,096 pins the CPUs are significantly larger than other processors for private use.

Due to the size the new SocketTR4 was developed with its own chipset, X399. Cooling solutions, which still fit on equally new AMD AM4 socket, can’t be mounted on sTR4 Mainboards.

With prices starting at 800 EUR, the CPUs are not a bargain, but they are among the most powerful processors a home user can currently buy. Threadripper Processors promise excellent performance in particularly when multiple CPU Cores are needed, e.g. for gaming, video rendering, and other demanding applications.

But how to cool such large and powerful processors effectively?

Adjusted CPU Cooler needed

Because of the larger design, conventional CPU air coolers, which are compatible with AMD’s AM4 Socket and are designed for regular Ryzen processors, won’t fit the sTR4 for Threadripper CPUs.

Threadripper CPU coolers can, however, usually also be mounted and used on Ryzen processors in the AM4 socket.

Due to the high performance and the resulting high heat level of about 180 W TDP, AMD conducted extensive tests to check the compatibility of the cooling solutions available on the market.

The list of AMD certified Tthreadripper CPU coolers can be found here.

Threadripper CPU Cooler from ARCTIC

Since we are a close partner of AMD, a mounting kit for our CPU coolers of the Liquid Freezer series are provided with each Threadripper CPU. This allows the Liquid Frezer 120, Liquid Freezer 240 and Liquid Freezer 360 to be used to cool Threadripper CPUs.

ARCTIC Freezer 33 TR

Threadripper certified: The new ARCTIC Freezer 33 TR

If, on the other hand, you prefer regular air cooling for Threadripper, we recommend our newly developed Freezer 33 TR. It is designed for CPU with a TDP of up to 200 W.

The Liquid Freezer 240, 360 and the Freezer 33 TR are also certified by AMD as a cooling solution for Threadripper Processors.

So if you are interested in the AMD Ryzen Threadripper and wonder how it can cool it effectively and quietly, we from ARCTIC provide powerful yet silent Threadripper CPU Cooler.

 

Compact but strong – ARCTIC presents Freezer 12 and Freezer 12 CO

COMPACT BUT STRONG – ARCTIC PRESENTS FREEZER 12 AND FREEZER 12 CO

Semi passive and virtually silent Tower CPU Coolers for small systems

With the Freezer 12 and Freezer 12 CO, ARCTIC now offers two compact CPU coolers, which are multi-compatible and also suitable for the AMD Ryzen AM4 socket. The successors of the Freezer 11 series convince all along the line with regards to noise level, cooling capacity, mounting versatility and transport-proofness. As semi passive coolers, the Freezer 12 and Freezer 12 CO also work extremely efficiently as the fan only starts up at a PWM signal with 40 % pulse width.

The fan runs only when it is actually needed, i.e. with increased CPU utilization. In combination with the vibration absorption rubber mounts of the fan, this leads to almost silent operation even at its maximum cooling performance of 150 watts. The 92 mm fan provides an improved air flow, three double sided direct touch heat pipes and 45 aluminum fins ensure an optimal heat dissipation and an excellent cooling power. Unlike the predecessor Freezer 11 series, the Freezer 12 and Freezer 12 CO are multi-compatible and fit Intel sockets as well as AMD AM4.

The Freezer 12 CO is specifically designed for continuous operation. With its high-precision dual ball bearing, the cooler lasts five times as long as other coolers with standard bearings.

Main Features Freezer 12 / Freezer 12 CO
• Compatible with Intel & AMD socket
• Passive Operation up to 40 % PWM
• Improved airflow for more efficient cooling performance
• Offset heat pipes ensure optimal heat dissipation
• Improved fan controller made in Germany
• Anti-vibration rubbers for quiet operation
• Installation in all four directions possible
• Transport-proof mounting with backplate
• MX-4 thermal paste included

For the sake of the environment, ARCTIC provides the manuals for the new product line online only:
Freezer 12 | Freezer 12 CO

EXTENSIVE COMPATIBILITY WITH AMD RYZEN
The bulk of our CPU coolers is already compatible to the
AM4-socket. An overview is available on our Website.

15 Years of Expertise

ARCTIC does not only play in the top league of the cooling specialists ever since, ARCTIC initiated the trend towards quiet cooling systems for desktop PCs and left a distinct mark. In 2001 the Swiss engineer and company founder Magnus Huber has determined to fight against loud computers – today, the still privately-owned company with locations in Germany, Hong Kong and the USA offers one of the world’s largerst ranges of CPU and GPU coolers. Maximum compatibility, first-class performance and lowest volume convince enthusiasts in over 45 countries around the globe. With the competence of an unique expert knowledge from 15 years of (pc) noise minimization ARCTIC is building out its portfolio through high-quality sound products and office equipment.

                 

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