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 Corsair Force 40GB Solid State Drive - Corsair Force 40GB Solid State Drive
Tue Oct 12, 2010 | 12:01P| PermaLink
The quality of products in the value-oriented SSD market really hasn't been anything to brag about ever since solid state drives began gaining popularity. However, a few companies are working to erase preconceptions many now have about just how much needs to be spent for a decent SSD. Corsair's Force 40GB breaks with the pack by offering respectable performance in a sun-$150 product.

Intel Socket 1366, Socket 1156 and Socket 775 Heatsink Compatibility Issues - Intel Socket 1366, Socket 1156 and Socket 775 Heatsink Compatibility Issues
Mon Jul 20, 2009 | 3:12A| PermaLink
Intel's Nehalem processors require a new generation of socket 1366 heatsinks that may or may not be compatible with socket 775, and the recently talked about socket 1156 Lynnfield CPUs. The problem is motherboard heatsink retention hole spacing around the processor.

Socket 775 heatsinks use a 72mm x 72mm hole spacing. Socket 1156 heatsinks are set to 75mm x 75mm. Intel socket 1366 heatsinks on the otherhand use a 80mm x 80mm hole spacing. Most manufacturers are releasing brackets with their Intel heatsinks that will bridge the different spaces... but not all.

Top Socket 1366 Nehalem CPU Heatsink Questions
1). Will current Intel socket 775 heatsinks fit on Intel socket 1366 or socket 1156 motherboards?
Answer: No.

The reason is 'Nehalem' processors have somewhat different power specs, but more importantly the mounting pins which affix the heatsink to the motherboard are spaced further apart. For socket 1366 motherboards the holes are spaced 80mm apart, for socket 775 motherboard that distance was 72mm. Socket 1156 motherboards take the middle ground with a spacing of 75mm.

2). If I use a socket 775-to-1366 adaptor bracket to make my existing Intel heatsink fit onto a Socket 1366 motherboard, is that okay?
Answer: Maybe yes, probably not.

The integrated heatspreader on the socket 1366 Intel Nehalem processor is larger than the IHS on socket 775 CPUs (32x35mm vs. 29.5x29.5mm). That fact, coupled with the difference in heat output between each CPU generation means not every LGA775 heatsink is appropriate for use on a socket 1366 processor. However, some performance cooling manufacturers will have adaptor brackets for existing heatsinks so they can be used with socket 1366 motherboards.

3). Do Nehalem socket 1366 heatsinks use the plastic push pin clips, or something new?
Answer: Yes to both.

The socket 1366 heatsinks we've seen first hand use spring-tensioned machine screws to attach the heatsink to a metal backing plate. However, Intel's socket 1366 reference heatsinks (and retail heatsinks) use standard through-PCB plastic push-pin mounting brackets.

4). Is there an equivalent AMD-type heatsink retention cage for socket 1366 heatsinks?
Answer: No.

Socket 1366 heatsinks mount to the motherboard directly, either with the aid of a metal rear support plate or push pin clips that grab onto the motherboard.


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