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CPU Coolers Compatibility AM3/AM3+


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#1 coxchris

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Posted 12 October 2011 - 06:49 PM

Hey Guys

Since I bought a motherboard that has AM3/AM3+ compatibility.

I was wondering if there will be any compatibility issues with the cpu cooler. I have heard a few reviews that the stock coolers are crazy loud. So I want to make sure that is no issues with me installing the cooler

I was going to buy a CPU cooler organically that had just the AM3 socket, Is there any different to AM3/AM3+ socket types and I never install a upright heat sink before.

I can't decide what processor i want now AMD Phenom II X6 1100T (189) vs. amd fx 8150 (230)

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#2 killerx525

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 12:44 AM

Usually when it only mentions it supports AM3, that means it will be compatible with AM3+. You would rather get the FX-8150 because well you have a board that is AM3+ ready and it was intended to be used by the Bulldozer processors.

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 04:02 PM

Actually, unlike Intel, AMD does not change their sockets very often. This is especially true for the cooling system, the old bracket and clip system from the Socket 939 days still exists on AM3+ motherboards. In fact, I am using one now, the Arctic Cooling 64 I had on my Athlon 64 X2 4600+.

As for the CPU question, that is a bit of a debate given how unusual the FX architecture is. On one hand, in some situations, it will perform on par with the Phenom II X6 1100, on the other, it will go past it. FX binds two cores into one "module" hence the eight core, however, both cores in the module share certain resources. In highly threaded, massively parallel progams, the FX would do very well. But, the consumer market just doesn't yet have those programs and, given the unusual nature of the module design, Windows 7 isn't as highly optimized at scheduling the threads as Windows 8 will be. To sum it up, yes, the FX CPU should function at the same level as the Phenom II X6 1100 and go past it on several occasions, but the software just isn't ready for it yet. If you plan on keeping the PC for several years, an FX CPU would be the way to go.

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Posted 13 October 2011 - 04:07 PM

In a few years, there should be softwares that would take advantage of the 8 cores.

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