Cooling company Noctua has said it will give customers a free upgrade upgrade kit for Intel's next LGA 1700 socket. Great news if you already have a rugged Noctua cooler and don’t feel like buying a new one once Intel Alder Lake rolls around.
In a blog posting on your website, Noctua says it will offer new NM-i7xx-MP83 and NM-i7xx-MP78 SecuFirm2 mounting kits for 83mm and 73mm mounting stops on its refrigerators. These will allow users to move even aged air coolers to mount them with the LGA 1700 socket.
These mounting brackets will come standard in traditional Chrome, but Noctua says versions of Chromax (completely black editions) will also be available for free.
All you need to connect one is the proof of purchase of a Noctua CPU and an Intel LGA 1700 CPU or motherboard.
“Using a CPU cooler on multiple generations of platforms instead of buying a new heatsink for each generation is not only economical, but also helps reduce unnecessary waste and save valuable resources,” says Roland Mossig, CEO of Noctua. "By upgrading instead of replacing your refrigerator, you are actively contributing to a more sustainable PC industry."
I have to agree that this is a good Noctua move. While CPU makers can change the socket every handful of generations, I see no reason why the CPU cooler should be thrown away every time. The only problem is that your CPU cooler will still need to match the TDP of your new CPU.
Noctua has also confirmed that it is in the process of adding LGA 1700 support to its existing products so that they are ready for Alder Lake. Some of these, he says, are already being shipped today.
Unfortunately, NH-L9i refrigerators will not be compatible with free kits, as Noctua claims there are "serious compatibility issues." Instead, it will release new versions this October.
As for the reasons why you might want to upgrade to Intel Alder Lake, chip generation looks like the biggest shake-up of Intel’s core DNA in many years. Many of the standards and specifications we expect from the company's CPUs will change with their introduction. Most notably, Intel will integrate high-performance cores and high-efficiency cores into a single-chip design with Alder Lake in a minor design (to pinch the mobile chip maker's Arm brand).