Off the Rack or Hand Made
For the last few months we have been talking with cooler manufacturers to get their thoughts on Socket B, products that will be available at the time of launch and of course future releases.
The general thoughts on Socket LGA 1366 varied, depending on whether I was speaking with an engineer or a marketing representative. The engineers were very positive about being able to apply more pressure to the processor, a result from the metal back plate; but a few did not like continuation of the same base system that will require many users to pull the motherboard from the case to change cooling solutions. The marketing guys seemed to come alive when asked what they thought of the new system, for obvious reasons.
To me it really seems like Socket B has caught many manufacturers off guard. I have found that the strategy at first for many companies is to release adapter kits that allow Socket T coolers to be used on Socket B.
Noctua, a cooling company that is known for producing ultra quiet yet high performance coolers, at the time of launch falls into this category with their SecuFirm 2 mounting system. End users will be able to contact Noctua and many other cooling companies to receive adapter kits for little to no cost. Above is the Noctua i7 mounting hardware that will fit many of the popular Noctua coolers. TweakTown's own Cameron Wilmot spoke with Noctua about the new mounting system at Computex. You can see the news item in this post .
Danger Den and Nexus have taken a different approach and already have a large number of LGA 1366 coolers on the hands of distributers. Here we see the Danger Den MC-TDX that is listed on DangerDen.com for a reasonable 59.99.