61 months ago
If I have a locked CPU, is there still good reason to buy a dedicated CPU cooler?
not really. the stock CPU coolers are typically designed to safely run the CPU at its default clock speed, so if you're not overclocking it should be fine.
I think reduced noise levels, and something that has less of its cooling capacity removed over time by dust and probably more importantly is easier to clean the dust from, are good reasons.
Depends on cpu. The Intel coolers seem to be very reliable and not too loud. The AMD ones have a tendency to be loud. I don't know if that is over a range, a particular chip family or what. A better cooling system is not too hard to get or very expensive but it's not really necessary.