I have been thinking about this. Considering the largest percentage of heat output is in the center of the chip, would it really be necessary to cover the entire thing? Call me crazy, but I really don't think it is. I mean, sure if you want sub 30*C temperatures you would need to cover the entire thing as the greater the surface area covered the greater the performance. That being said, I would still consider temperatures hovering around 50*C acceptable, assuming heat output does not limit my overclock in any which way or form.From what I understand Nehalem will be a new socket - a bigger one at that. The CPU blocks that we have may not be compatible with that new socket... looks like it's a new block if we make the jump.
Maybe I'll phone NCIX and see if they can get me one in. Thanks!I think they are currently special order on most sites.. I know I looked on NCIX as soon as I read the HWC review but to no success however there are 2 companies listed carrying it on the price compare section.
Actually I will be getting a 42 inch shortly, I'm lucky enough to work at a company who has great contacts and I picked up a Sharp Aquos for $400.00, new! - I'll probably sell my two 8800GT Akimbo's and pick up some 280's or 260's or something then - If I get that mobo I'll grab a couple 4870's or an 4870X2 instead.Yes as your running a quad, water-cooling is a great idea. That way you can enjoy immediate improvements with the current setup and have something to boost the performance of future upgrades.
Also as mentioned if your running a 22inch monitor I would be strongly tempted to go for a good 25.5 or maybe even higher...that will give you an immediate and drammatic improvement in visuals anyway.