Intel’s latest recall demonstrates why many enthusiasts prefer aftermarket fan solutions, which generally provide superior cooling performance and reduced noise levels. Select boxed Intel Xeon E-2274G processors have been recalled due the bundled heatsink, which “does not meet the requirement for thermal performance.” It was obviously a bad match for the CPU’s 88 W TDP.

The E973708-003 fan-heatsink included with boxed Xeon E-2274G processors is supplied by Foxconn, and has been known to be bundled with Intel’s entry-level client-segment processors, such as the Pentium Gold series and Core i3 series (chips with TDP typically rated 65 W or less). It features a thin, circular, all-aluminium heatsink, which lacks a copper core that certain other LGA115x-compatible stock coolers by Intel have.


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