Noctua will supply free CPU cooler mounting kits for Intel Alder Lake

Noctua LGA 1700 Intel Alder Lake CPU cooler mounting kit in chrome and black with boxes

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Cooling firm Noctua has stated that it’s going to hand clients a mounting improve equipment for Intel’s upcoming LGA 1700 socket free-of-charge. Nice information should you’re already operating a beefy Noctua cooler and do not fancy shopping for a complete new one as soon as Intel Alder Lake rolls round.

In a weblog put up on its web site, Noctua says it is going to be providing new NM-i7xx-MP83 and NM-i7xx-MP78 SecuFirm2 mounting kits for moth 83mm and 73mm mounting pitches on its coolers. These will permit customers rocking even ageing air coolers to mount them with the LGA 1700 socket.

These mounting brackets will come as normal in conventional chrome, however Noctua says Chromax variations (all-black editions) can be out there free of charge, too.

All that is required to web one is proof of buy for a Noctua CPU, and an Intel LGA 1700 CPU or motherboard.

“Utilizing a CPU cooler throughout a number of platform generations as an alternative of shopping for a brand new heatsink for every era shouldn’t be solely economical, it additionally helps to scale back pointless waste and save valuable assets,” Roland Mossig, Noctua CEO, says. “By upgrading quite than changing your cooler, you’re actively contributing to a extra sustainable PC trade!”

I’ve to agree it is a nice transfer by Noctua. Whereas CPU producers may change socket each handful of generations, I do not see any purpose why your CPU cooler needs to be thrown out every time. The one catch being your CPU cooler will nonetheless must match the TDP of your new CPU.

Noctua has additionally confirmed it’s within the means of including LGA 1700 help to its present merchandise so that they are prepared out of the field for Alder Lake. A few of these, it says, are already transport at this time.

Sadly, NH-L9i coolers will not be suitable with the free kits, as Noctua states there are “extreme compatibility points.” As an alternative it’s going to launch new variations this October.

As for the explanation why you may need to improve to Intel Alder Lake, the chip era is trying like the largest shakeup to Intel’s Core DNA in a few years. Many requirements and specs we have come to anticipate from the corporate’s CPUs are set to alter with its introduction. Most notably, Intel will integrating each high-performance cores and high-efficiency cores right into a single chip design with Alder Lake, in one thing of an enormous.LITTLE design (to pinch cell chipmaker Arm’s branding).

Jacob Ridley

Jacob earned his first byline writing for his personal tech weblog from his hometown in Wales in 2017. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking issues at PCGamesN, the place he would later win command of the equipment cabinet as {hardware} editor. These days, as senior {hardware} editor at PC Gamer, he spends his days reporting on the newest developments within the expertise and gaming trade. When he isn’t writing about GPUs and CPUs, you will discover him attempting to get as far-off from the trendy world as attainable by wild tenting.