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Noctua will send you an upgrade kit to let you use your existing cooler on LGA1700

by Vyncent ChanApril 12, 2021
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Noctua regularly sends out upgrade kits for users who are moving on to a new platform, and it seems like they aren’t planning on stopping anytime soon. In a response on Twitter to a user asking about compatibility with the upcoming Intel LGA1700 socket, they revealed that the Noctua NH-U12A will work with the Alder Lake-S processors via an upgrade kit.

While they also understandably cannot reveal more info about the Intel LGA1700 socket, it is cool to see Noctua’s level of forward compatibility for their coolers. The fact that they said that you need an upgrade kit also hints at different cooler mounting points from the current LGA1200 socket, which shares the same layout as the LGA115X sockets.

12th Gen Intel Alder Lake LGA1700

Intel is slated to unveil the 12th Gen Intel Core processors later this year, with rumors pointing towards a September launch. Once Intel announces the processors, we will probably see a flurry of announcements of forward compatibility via upgrade kits from cooler makers like Cooler Master.

Pokdepinion: I guess Noctua intends you to keep using their coolers for a long long time.

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Vyncent Chan
Technology enthusiast, casual gamer, pharmacy graduate. Strongly opposes proprietary standards and always on the look out for incredible bang-for-buck.