Noctua announced free-of-charge Intel “Alder Lake-S” LGA1700 upgrade kits for its CPU coolers

Published: 17th Aug 2021, 09:04 GMT   Comments

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Noctua announces free-of-charge mounting upgrades and updated CPU coolers for LGA1700

Vienna, August 17th 2021 – Noctua today announced that it will provide free-of-charge mounting upgrade kits for Intel’s upcoming LGA1700 platform, enabling customers to keep using existing CPU coolers on the new 12th generation Intel Core CPUs (Alder Lake-S). Additionally, most of Noctua’s current multi-socket cooler models will soon include LGA1700 mounting hardware and the popular NH-L9i low-profile coolers will come in new, dedicated LGA1700-revisions.

“We have offered free-of-charge mounting upgrade kits to our customers ever since AMD introduced AM2 in 2006, and we’re proudly continuing this tradition with Intel’s upcoming Amber Lake-S processors and the LGA1700 socket”, says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “Customers will be able to upgrade most Noctua CPU coolers since 2005 at no additional cost, so even 15-year-old coolers can be used on the latest processors!”

The new NM-i17xx-MP83 and NM-i17xx-MP78 SecuFirm2™ mounting kits will allow Noctua coolers with both 83 and 78mm mounting pitch to be upgraded to LGA1700. True to the SecuFirm2™ tradition, the kits combine outstanding reliability, optimal contact pressure and easy, straightforward installation with a fixed-strut backplate that doesn’t require any pre-assembly or adjustment. Detailed motherboard compatibility lists that indicate which coolers are compatible with individual LGA1700 motherboards will be provided in the Noctua Compatibility Centre (NCC) once the motherboards become available.

For our chromax.black line coolers, both the NM-i17xx-MP83 and the NM-i17xx-MP78 will also be available in all-black editions. All kits will be available free of charge via Noctua’s website once LGA1700 CPUs and motherboards start selling. A proof of purchase of both an eligible Noctua CPU cooler and either an LGA1700 CPU or an LGA1700 motherboard will be required. Depending on the country, express shipping options may be available but will be subject to service charges. Alternatively, customers who need the kits urgently will be able to purchase them on Amazon starting in mid-October for a suggested service charge of EUR/USD 7.90.

“Using a CPU cooler across several platform generations instead of buying a new heatsink for each generation is not only economical, it also helps to reduce unnecessary waste and save precious resources”, explains Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “By upgrading rather than replacing your cooler, you’re actively contributing to a more sustainable PC industry!”

In addition to the free mounting upgrade kits, Noctua is in the process of updating most current multi-socket coolers to include LGA1700 mounting hardware. For some models, the updated coolers are already shipping, so customers who buy new coolers will soon receive units that include LGA1700 mounting parts. Other models will be available in the updated variant shortly. Customers who still receive models without included LGA1700 mounting can always get the free upgrade kits in order to make their coolers compatible with the new socket. An approximate timeline detailing which model will be updated when is linked below.

Due to severe compatibility restrictions, there will be no upgrade kit for NH-L9i series coolers. Instead, Noctua will introduce new, dedicated revisions for LGA1700 both of the regular NH-L9i and the chromax.black version. The new NH-L9i-17xx and NH-L9i-17xx chromax.black will be officially released in October.

Timeline of Noctua coolers to include LGA1700 mounting hardware

The following table shows when individual Noctua CPU cooler models will approximately be available with LGA1700 mounting hardware included. Please see this FAQ for how to check if your cooler has LGA1700 hardware included. Customers who still receive coolers without LGA1700 mounting hardware will be able to order the NM-i17xx-MP83 and NM-i17xx-MP78 mounting upgrade kits free of charge.

Timeline of Noctua coolers to include LGA1700 mounting hardware
Approximate estimated time for availability with LGA1700 mounting hardware includedMounting upgrade kit for units without included LGA1700 mounting
NH-D15November 2021NM-i17xx-MP83
NH-D15 chromax.blackNovember 2021NM-i17xx-MP83 chromax.black
NH-D15SDecember 2021NM-i17xx-MP83
NH-D15S chromax.blackNovember 2021NM-i17xx-MP83 chromax.black
NH-C14SSeptember 2021NM-i17xx-MP83
NH-U14SJanuary 2022NM-i17xx-MP78
NH-U12ADecember 2021NM-i17xx-MP78
NH-U12SNovember 2021NM-i17xx-MP78
NH-U12S chromax.blackNovember 2021NM-i17xx-MP78 chromax.black
NH-U12S reduxOctober 2021NM-i17xx-MP78
NH-U9SNovember 2021NM-i17xx-MP78
NH-U9S chromax.blackNovember 2021NM-i17xx-MP78 chromax.black
NH-D9LSeptember 2021NM-i17xx-MP83
NH-L12SNovember 2021NM-i17xx-MP78
NH-L9x65December 2021NM-i17xx-MP83
NH-P1December 2021NM-i17xx-MP83

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