According to PCGamers, Intel’s 12th Gen CPUs have received rave reviews since their launch, but currently only the high-end 125W K SKUs are available for purchase. Since Intel argues that buyers of the i9 12900K, i7 12700K, and i5 12600K CPUs will purchase their own heatsinks, they won’t come with a fan.
All of that is bound to change next week, as Intel is set to unveil a large number of 12th Gen CPU models at CES, many of which have 65W TDPs. All these models will come with cooling fans. And there are many questions about their quality. Chinese news site NetEase via Tom’s Hardware tested one of the latest cooling fans with the upcoming i5 12400 CPU and reported the results. The new heatsink seems to be a good step up from previous boxed fans.
Intel’s new cooling fan has been tested for efficiency
The fan tested looks impressive, with a metal heatsink and a plastic shield surrounded by a blue ring at the top. The fan brings a more ‘cool’ feeling with a more rugged and bunker design, dubbed a black iceberg with the ability to dispel the heat for the processor. Underneath the metal layer is a copper core located just above the CPU. Copper is a more efficient heat conductor than aluminum commonly used by low-end Intel heatsinks in the past.
Copper heatsink is more efficient than aluminum
The cooling fan has been tested with the upcoming Core i5 12400 CPU, which delivers incredible gaming performance and value. A test at AIDA64 results in the processor operating at 73°C in an ambient temperature of 20°C. But fan speeds up to 3100 RPM is a concern, as it can cause noise, but this is a parameter in AIDA64 testing, so under normal gaming performance everything should be fine. . Another impressive detail is that the peak power consumption of the fan is only 80W.
Intel’s 65W CPUs will be announced next week. So one can expect these heatsinks to be available at the same time.