Intel's gone black with its new CPU cooler, can't go back to silver

Intel's boxed CPU cooler with the new Comet Lake chips has an all-black cooler.

@anthony256
Published Wed, May 27 2020 10:29 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:43 AM CST

Intel hasn't updated its retail CPU cooler in over 10 years, so I guess the company decided to celebrate the 10th Gen Core CPU family release with a slightly re-designed cooler.

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The new Comet Lake CPUs when purchased in retail form will come with an Intel stock cooler, which for many years now has had a black-and-silver color scheme. Well black and silver no more, as Intel has moved to an all-black color scheme, seemingly turning its back on the color silver on its coolers -- at least for this generation.

Intel only includes a CPU cooler with the non-K series processors, so you'll only find these new all-black heat sinks in both the 35W T-series processors and the 65W non-K chips. The cooler itself remains unchanged, with the same circular design and fans in the middle with a shroud (that is now just a little thicker).

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You can see that the Intel logo is colored in black here, dropping the blue from previous-gen retail CPU coolers. Not jsut that but the company has finally used shrouding on the 4-pin fan cable. There are also the same 7 fan blades, but the shroud is a little different as there are now 3 bars holding it together, versus 4 on previous coolers.

I don't think you'll see improved thermal design, but it seems Intel won't be going back to silver now that it has moved onto the all-black theme. No RGBs here, folks.

AMD still has the awesomely-styled retail CPU cooler with its Ryzen 3000 series coolers, offering RGB goodness and a far better out-of-the-box look without spending more money.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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