Noctua plans to offer free LGA1700 upgrade kits for Intel's Alder Lake processors

Noctua's NH-L9i heatsink will soon be receiving an LGA1700 version

Noctua plans to offer free LGA1700 upgrade kits for Intel's Alder Lake processors

Noctua plans to offer free LGA1700 upgrade kits for Intel's Alder Lake processors

Noctua's well known for offering long-term support for their CPU coolers, so much so that the fact that they will be offering their users free LGA1700 upgrade kits comes as no surprise to us. 

If you have proof of purchase for both a Noctua cooler and an LGA1700 motherboard or processor, Noctua will offer you a free mounting kit at no additional cost. If your heatsink supports the upgrade, Noctua plans to offer you LGA 1700 support. 

Even users of Noctua's classic NH-D14 heatsink will be offered a free LGA 1700 mounting kit upgrade. That's how far back Noctua's going with this offer. Most Noctua heatsinks from 2005 onwards will support a free LGA 1700 upgrade, giving Noctua users levels of customer support that are practically unmatched within the industry.  

To support all of their multi-socket heatsink designs, Noctua will be offering their users NM-i17xx-MP83 and NM-i17xx-MP78 SecuFirm2 mounting kits. Details on which mounting kit upgrade you need is available here. These kits will be available in Chromax (Black) and standard (unpainted) forms. 

While Noctua will be providing these kits for free to applicants, these mounting kit upgrades will also be available for $7.90/€7.90 through Amazon in mid-October for those who require upgrade kits more urgently. 

Below is Noctua's press release for their free-of-charge mounting kit upgrades for LGA1700. 

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

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!

Noctua plans to offer free LGA1700 upgrade kits for Intel's Alder Lake 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 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 version. The new NH-L9i-17xx and NH-L9i-17xx will be officially released in October.

You can join the discussion on Noctua's plans to offer free LGA1700 CPU cooler upgrades to Intel 12th Generation Alder Lake users on the OC3D Forums

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