I could imagine a low-end GPU needing to use system RAM to supplement its 4-6GB of VRAM using a good chunk of that 32GB/s. That's where the 4GB RX5500 gets its huge 4.0x8 vs 3.0x8 boost (closes 70-80% of the gaps with the 8GB variant) from. I count that as at least one thing in consumer space that could significantly benefit from it as soon as lower-end 5.0x8 GPUs become available.the interface is good for up to 32 GBps of bandwidth, which is more than any consumer PCIe-based device can consume.
With the 4GB RX5500, 4.0x8 vs 3.0x8 can make the difference between 40fps and 70fps whereas the 8GB variants score 80fps regardless, almost making the 8GB models unnecessary. Had the RX5500 had a 4.0x16 interface, the 8GB models' VRAM size advantage would have been mostly irrelevant.From what I've seen, even with the RTX 3090, there's literally only a couple of FPS difference in performance between PCI-e 3.0 and PCI-e 4.0.
The only area of the IHS that really needs to make contact with the HSF or cooling block is the area surrounding the cores and that area is only a small fraction of the total IHS surface. As long as your AiO's manufacturer makes an updated bracket to locate the block over the correct spot, you'll be fine.Surely my new Capellix AIO footprint will not cover or adequately cool the new much larger upcoming LGA 1700.
post: 22139330 As long as your AiO's manufacturer makes an updated bracket to locate the block over the correct spot said:I wonder if Corsair will actually offer all 'Alder Lake' upgraders a free (or at a reasonable cost) CPU block retrofit? The H150i Elites pump head comes with 33 Capellix LEDs for the full RGB experience and with non detachable tubing. Looking back I am now disapointed that Corsair (being a major connected hardware player) when I first purchased the AIO this past November, did not make any mention of a possible late 2021 'die-change' and thus coming clean with all purchasers. They should have known. Perhaps even offering as part of 'Buying Now' upcoming CPU block fixes. I must be one of many thousands sitting with relatively newly purchased AIO's that will have the same problem and with all other AIO vendors out there.