Intel has finally decided to use something other than the flimsy push-pin vertical heatsink that is available on Intel’s entire CPU line currently. The extreme high end “Gulftown” Core i9 will sport a vertical heatsink design similar to many third-party aftermarket coolers.

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Intel has finally decided to use something other than the flimsy
push-pin vertical heatsink that is available on Intel’s entire CPU line
currently. The extreme high end “Gulftown” Core i9 will sport a vertical
heatsink design with threaded anchors, similar to many third-party aftermarket cooler. It is particularly reminiscent of Thermalright’s popular Ultima 90i.

gulftown heatsink 2 Intel designs a new heatsink for Core i9

One of the only criticisms with the fantastic Lynnfield CPUs were the pathetic heatsinks – which weren’t any bigger than the ones sold with <$100 Pentium Dual-Cores. Intel has finally done away with the push-pin horizontal design – but it had to – considering the price Intel will charge for Gulftown.

Rumoured to be priced between $999 and $1499 releasing Q1 2010, Gulftown will monopolize the extreme enthusiast segment, with no real challenge from AMD till 2011, when Bulldozer rolls along. Gulftown will be branded Core i9, and will sport six Nehalem cores / twelve threads and 12 MB L3 cache, fitting into the same LGA 1366 socket as the Core i7 9xx series.

It is unknown as to how the new Intel heatsink will compete with aftermarket coolers, as most enthusiasts paying four figures for a CPU will surely want the best cooling possible.

gulftown heatsink overview Intel designs a new heatsink for Core i9

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