The doctor tackles Big Coolers, Old Motherboards, IVB vs. SB-E, and more
In the August 2013 issue you indicate that using a third-party, aftermarket CPU cooler is a good idea. I have always had a concern about cooler and fan weight damaging the motherboard. I build in mid- or full-tower cases and it seems that having so much weight hanging from the motherboard risks damage. Is this a valid concern? I would probably use one of the Thermalright coolers designed for an AMD FX-series CPU.
Note: This article was originally featured in our November 2013 issue of the magazine.
Gigabyte lead the initial charge with early support for boot drivers bigger than 2.2TB, but while others worked on fixing this with UEFI implementations, they instead kept plugging away on the bios. The company claimed to be using a “HybridEFI”, but let’s be clear here. HybridEFI is a marketing term; it actually has nothing to do with EFI as we know it. When asked about the obvious oversight, Gigabyte claimed they wanted to do it right, and we finally have a chance to see what they have in mind.
If you look hard enough, you can find a handful of Polish computer shops selling Intel's upcoming Core i7 990X Extreme Edition processor online. Pricing starts at around €900 (US$1,240) and goes up from there.
Intel hasn't yet officially launched this latest Gulftown part, though some OEMs already have it as a configurable option. The Core i7 990X will take its place as Intel's newest flagship part with six cores operating at 3.46GHz (3.6GHz via Turbo Boost). Other specs include 256KB of L2 cache for each core, 12MB of L3 cache, and a 130W TDP.
The 990X also represents the end of the road for Gulftown, which Intel will replace with Sandy Bridge E silicon in the third quarter, Fudzilla says.