Cooling for Athlon 64 X2 CPU


H

Hackworth

Until recently, I had been using an Athlon 64 3200+ processor. I used this
Nexus AOP-6400 CPU cooler with it:

http://www.endpcnoise.com/cgi-bin/e/aop-6400.html

The thing was dead silent and I loved it. However, I just upgraded to an
Athlon 64 X2 4800+ processor, but I didn't use the Nexus AOP-6400 cooler
because it's only rated for use up to an Athlon 64 3800+ (single-core).

The stock heatsink/fan that came with the 4800+ is much noisier, but it has
heat pipes and looks pretty substantial, so obviously the new CPU needs some
serious cooling.

The problem is that I suspect that the marketing info for the Nexus AOP-6400
cooler is outdated and just hasn't been updated. It came out way before X2
processors even hit the market.) It does have a copper base, and it kept
the 3200+ between 36C and 40C. I'm just not sure how badly I want to
experiment with it using the new CPU (especially after considering how much
Santa paid for the X2 4800+).

Any gut feelings as to whether or not the Nexus AOP-6400 would be able to do
the job?
 
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Sean Cousins

Until recently, I had been using an Athlon 64 3200+ processor. I used this
Nexus AOP-6400 CPU cooler with it:

http://www.endpcnoise.com/cgi-bin/e/aop-6400.html

The thing was dead silent and I loved it. However, I just upgraded to an
Athlon 64 X2 4800+ processor, but I didn't use the Nexus AOP-6400 cooler
because it's only rated for use up to an Athlon 64 3800+ (single-core).

The stock heatsink/fan that came with the 4800+ is much noisier, but it has
heat pipes and looks pretty substantial, so obviously the new CPU needs some
serious cooling.

The problem is that I suspect that the marketing info for the Nexus AOP-6400
cooler is outdated and just hasn't been updated. It came out way before X2
processors even hit the market.) It does have a copper base, and it kept
the 3200+ between 36C and 40C. I'm just not sure how badly I want to
experiment with it using the new CPU (especially after considering how much
Santa paid for the X2 4800+).

Any gut feelings as to whether or not the Nexus AOP-6400 would be able to do
the job?

I would try the Nexus and monitor the temps. If they are too high then
look for a better HSF.
 

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