Before I jump into the conclusion, which is an easy one to make obviously, I like to ensure those kin to hearing enthusiasts that this test has nothing to do with noise. While talking about noise, I did record the sound level using my CEM DT-8850 digital sound meter when:
1) I was running a DVD movie (with the volume turned off) and Browsing the internet.
2) when 2xPrime95 were kicking in high gear
3) the system was doing nothing.
use of CV increases the noise level by ~3 dBA at load)
Give credit where credit is due. I do believe some people will be looking for this stock cooler at eBay soon enough. I will be one of them. Let's hope AMD will pack this cooler with every Athlon 64/FX/Opteron they sell. Most importantly, I wish Intel will do something similar.
Question/Comments: forum threadQ: Do they come only bundled with Opteron 165?A
: So far from what we can tell from user experience these new heatsinks come with Athlon X2 above 3800+ and any Opteron S939 Dual Core Chip.