Originally Posted by Kougar
Yeah, its going to be amazing... unfortunately we now know for sure current CPU coolers and CPU waterblocks don't have a snowball's chance in hell of fitting on Nehalem chips. The LGA1366 socket is just way way to massive and has been elongated, so even if the mounting holes were similar the heatspreader is much much larger now.
You raise a good point... older CPU coolers couldn't be used. It's kind of unfortunate, but this is quite a leap in CPU architecture, so it's understandable that in order to fit in all the new goodies, the CPU and socket had to increase in size.
I just hope that cooling companies will have plenty of new products available in time for release (and that Intel sends them along guidelines early so that they can make it happen).