Why it matters: Intel's Alder Lake is on its way, and with it the move from the current generation LGA 1200 socket to the LGA 1700. If you're one of the many people who own a Noctua cooler and want to upgrade your CPU, here's some good news : The company is giving away free upgrade kits for assembling the hybrid processors.
Noctua says that its new NM-i17xx-MP83 and NM-i17xx-MP78 SecuFirm2 mounting kits will allow its 83 and 78 mm mounting spacing to work with LGA 1700. The kits are designed to provide easy installation and do not require any pre-assembly or adjustment.
The mounting kits are available in standard chrome and all-black Chromax versions. They will be available for free on the Noctua website once the Alder Lake CPUs and motherboards go on sale. If you want to take advantage of the offer, you must present proof of purchase for an eligible Noctua CPU and either an LGA 1700 CPU or an LGA 1700 mainboard.
"Using a CPU cooler across several platform generations instead of buying a new heat sink for each generation is not only economical, but also helps to reduce unnecessary waste and save valuable resources," says Noctua CEO Roland Mossig. "By upgrading your cooler instead of replacing it, you are actively contributing to a more sustainable PC industry!"
Noctua is also in the process of updating its latest coolers with LGA 1700 mounting hardware – the new parts are already available on some models.
Unfortunately, there will be no upgrade kits for owners of the NH-L9i series due to "serious compatibility issues". Noctua will be releasing revised versions this October.
Check out these recent Alder Lake leaked benchmarks that compare DDR5-4800 to DDR4-3200 memory when paired with either of the processors, likely a Core i9-12900 or i9-12900K.