I recently bought this from Amazon:
ARCTIC Freezer 7 Pro Rev 2 - 150 Watt Multicompatible Low Noise CPU Cooler for AMD and Intel Sockets
I have an AMD CPU.
I installed it yesterday & got a minor drop in temperatures .
The main thing is the fan on it runs a lot slower so it's quieter .
This is the first aftermarket CPU cooler I've installed.
I did have to make a bend in the mounting bracket to make to cooler copper plate fit flat against the CPU .
My question is the copper plate made to be against the CPU is approximately a 1/16 to 1/8 inch smaller than the CPU all the way around.
I wanted to ask if this would cause a heating problem for the uncovered area ?
The stock cooler was all aluminum & covered more than the CPU surface.
BTW I also installed a new case fan at the same time also an Arctic .
It seems fine . Lower speed also but moves more air . I could feel more output at the rear of the case.
Putting a load on the CPU by using DVDRebuilder with HCEnc .
The highest temp reached was 117Â° F (47Â° C).
Most of the encode was 111Â° F (44Â° C).