Subject: Cases and Cooling | February 2, 2017 - 02:34 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Socket AM4, ryzen, noctua, NH-U12S SE-AM4, NH-L9x65 SE-AM4, NH-D15 SE-AM4, amd
If you are already planning your new AMD Ryzen build and are wondering what gigantic brown and tan coolers might work then Noctua has a page that will make you smile. They have listed all of their current coolers which can be made compatible with AM4 using a free adapter which you can order from that page. They also list some which could be made compatible but are not eligible for the free adapter and those which will not work at all.
Along with the compatibility list comes three brand new coolers, which you can see larger than life by clicking on their names. The NH-D15 SE-AM4 is a contender for Morry's next favourite cooler for mATX boards, 980g of metal and that is before you add the two 140mm fans. The NH-U12S SE-AM4 is slimmer 580g but is still 158mm tall and will use a 120mm fan. For those who prefer their coolers in petite sizes the NH-L9x65 SE-AM4 is a svelte 340g and stands a mere 65mm while wearing its custom fit 92mm fan.
You can pick them up soon, the NH-D15 SE-AM4 at $99.90, NH-U12S SE-AM4 for $64.90
and the NH-L9x65 SE-AM4 at $52.90. PR below the fold.
Subject: Processors | September 19, 2016 - 10:35 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: Socket AM4, processor, FX, cpu, APU, amd, 1331 pins
Image credit: Bit-Tech via HWSW
AMD's newest socket will merge the APU and FX series CPUs into this new AM4 socket, unlike the previous generation which split the two between AM3+ and FM2+. This is great news for system builders, who now have the option of starting with an inexpensive CPU/APU, and upgrading to a more powerful FX processor later on - with the same motherboard.
The new socket will apparently require a new cooler design, which is contrary to early reports (yes, we got it wrong, too) that the AM4 socket would be compatible with existing AM3 cooler mounts (manufacturers could of course offer hardware kits for existing cooler designs). In any case, AMD's new socket takes more of the delicate copper pins you love to try not to bend!