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Noctua to provide a free upgrade to their existing cooling system to compensate the Alder Lake platform

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Those who are planning to upgrade to Intel’s next-generation Alder Lake CPUs designed around the LGA 1700 socket, have only but one worry. And that is related to the supporting upgrade for their existing coolers. As they need to compensate the CPUs which they will be working with, every cooling system needs to be properly integrated with the socket.

But, Noctua recently confirmed that PC builders running their Noctua cooler inside their rigs will now have no problem with their migration to the Alder Lake platform. The company stated on Twitter that they will be providing an upgrade kit for their existing line of coolers.

According to the official statement, the upgrade kit for its NH-U12A heatsink cooler will arrive sooner and there will also be upgrade kits for the rest of the cooler lineup. The company will ship the upgrade kit to customers of Noctua CPU coolers for free and will be bundled in new units.


This is a great initiative by the company, as intel’s Alder Lake CPUs make use of a brand new socket type which is different than all of the sockets released since Sandy Bridge hence cooler compatibility will be a major concern for users. On the other hand, the processor line-up will also be the first desktop processor family to feature a sub 14nm process node known as 10nm Enhanced SuperFin.

Intel Desktop CPU Generations Comparison:

Intel CPU FamilyProcessor ProcessProcessors Cores (Max)TDPsPlatform ChipsetPlatformMemory SupportPCIe SupportLaunch
Sandy Bridge (2nd Gen)32nm4/835-95W6-SeriesLGA 1155DDR3PCIe Gen 2.02011
Ivy Bridge (3rd Gen)22nm4/835-77W7-SeriesLGA 1155DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02012
Haswell (4th Gen)22nm4/835-84W8-SeriesLGA 1150DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02013-2014
Broadwell (5th Gen)14nm4/865-65W9-SeriesLGA 1150DDR3PCIe Gen 3.02015
Skylake (6th Gen)14nm4/835-91W100-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02015
Kaby Lake (7th Gen)14nm4/835-91W200-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02017
Coffee Lake (8th Gen)14nm6/1235-95W300-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02017
Coffee Lake (9th Gen)14nm8/1635-95W300-SeriesLGA 1151DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02018
Comet Lake (10th Gen)14nm10/2035-125W400-SeriesLGA 1200DDR4PCIe Gen 3.02020
Rocket Lake (11th Gen)14nm8/16TBA500-SeriesLGA 1200DDR4PCIe Gen 4.02021
Alder Lake (12th Gen)10nm (ESF)16/24?TBA600 Series?LGA 1700DDR5PCIe Gen 5.0?2021
Raptor Lake (13th Gen)10nm (ESF)16/24?TBA700-Series?LGA 1700DDR5PCIe Gen 5.0?2022
Meteor Lake (14th Gen)7nm (EUV)TBATBA800 Series?LGA 1700DDR5PCIe Gen 5.0?2023
Lunar Lake (15th Gen)TBATBATBA900 Series?TBADDR5PCIe Gen 5.0?2023+


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Nivedita Bangari
Nivedita Bangari
I am a software engineer by profession and technology is my love, learning and playing with new technologies is my passion.


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