CPU Coolers for Intel Alder Lake socket LGA 1700: Everything you need to know

CPU Coolers for Intel Alder Lake socket LGA 1700: Everything you need to know

Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake chips have finally arrived after spinning around the rumor mill for months. The new chips represent the biggest generational leap for the blue team in years, thanks to its completely redesigned ‘hybrid’ architecture and support for features like DDR5 memory, PCIe 5.0, and more. These Intel CPUs use the LGA 1700 socket, which means you’ll need a new motherboard and a new cooler or updated standoffs from the manufacturer.

In this article, we’ll be taking a look at all the CPU coolers for Intel Alder Lake socket LGA 1700. There seems to be a lot of confusion around the cooling solutions for these new chips, so let’s break it down. Here’s everything you need to know about the CPU coolers for Intel Alder Lake socket LGA 1700:

A person holding an Intel Alder Lake processor in their hand

Intel LGA 1700 Socket

Intel’s LGA 1700 socket, codenamed 15R1, is taller than the previous LGA 1200 socket powering the current generation of Rocket Lake processors. Here’s a quick look at the LGA 1700 socket specification before we get into more details:

SpecificationIntel socket LGA 1700
IHS to MB Height (Z-Stack, validated range)6.529 – 7,532 mm
Socket Seating Plane Height2.7 mm
Thermal Solution Hole Pattern78 x 78 mm
Maximum Thermal Solution Center of Gravity Height from IHS25.4 mm
Static Total Compressive Minimum534N (120 lbf), Beginning of Life 356 N (80 lbf)
End of life maximum1068 N (240 lbf)
Socket Loading80-240 lbf
Maximum Thermal Solution Mass950 gram
Dynamic Compressive Maximum489.5 N (110 lbf)

The new LGA 1700 socket doesn’t have the same dimensions as the outgoing LGA 1200. Hence, the Z600 series motherboards will have a different mounting hole pattern for the coolers. The new socket not only has an asymmetrical design but also comes with a lower z-stack height. This means the existing CPU cooler mounting brackets won’t be able to establish a proper mounting pressure to make full contact with the CPU IHS. The lack of a proper mounting pressure means the thermal paste may not spread evenly across the cold plate (and the IHS). This is why you’ll need to buy either a new CPU cooler for these chips or at least buy an upgrade kit for your CPU cooler with new mounting brackets and standoffs.

Do you need a new CPU cooler for Intel intel LGA 1700?

Cooler manufacturers have been dealing with new CPU launches for many years now. It’s only a matter of time till they offer “upgrade kits”, allowing you to use your existing LGA1200/LGA115x Retention brackets and backplates. We’ve listed the manufacturers who have already announced an upgrade kit for their cooler below. We’ll update this list over time as more manufacturers reveal their plans for an upgrade. We doubt if all manufacturers will offer kits for all the existing coolers. It’s mostly reserved for only the high-end and relatively new coolers, but we’ll see how it plays out.

Intel chipset feature image

A few of these upgrade kits, which consists of new mounting brackets and standoffs, are offered for free of charge, but it’s not a common occurrence. Some manufacturers may charge a small fee for the kit, but it’s at least cheaper than buying a whole new cooler. Here’s a quick look at some of the upgrade kits that are already announced for socket LGA 1700.

Corsair

Corsair has an upgrade kit for its ELITE CAPELLIX coolers. The kit, which appears to be just new standoffs, will adapt the 115x/1200 bracket for use with the LGA 1700 socket. It’s worth pointing out that this will work only with the Elite Capellix coolers. You’ll still have to wait for more upgrades or just buy a cooler if you have any other Corsair AIOs.

    LGA1700 Retrofit Kit
    This retrofit kit will allow you to use your existing LGA1200/LGA115x Retention brackets and backplates for Elite Capellix coolers with the new Intel Alder Lake processors that require socket LGA1700 mounting kits.

Alternatively, you can also buy the entire retention kit to mount the cooler on a wide variety of sockets including AMD’s AM4.

    Corsair ELITE Series Retention Kit
    This Elite series retention kit can be used to mount any ELITE CAPELLIX cooler on Intel 1700, 1200, 1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 2011, 2066 sockets, as well as AMD AM4 sockets.

Noctua

Noctua is also one of the very few manufacturers to have confirmed the availability of its mounting upgrade kits. A handful of Noctua’s existing coolers support the new LGA 1700 socket out of the box, and it’s safe to say that almost all Noctua multi-socket CPU cooler models will get an upgrade. Noctua has already listed two different mounting kits along with a compatibility list for each.  You can buy the mounting kits using the links below. Additionally, Noctua has also confirmed it’ll include LGA1700 mounting hardware with all the multi-socket coolers in its portfolio.

    Noctua NM-i17xx-MP78 mounting kit for LGA 1700
    This mounting upgrade kit allows Noctua CPU coolers with 78mm mounting pitch to be upgraded to Intel’s latest LGA1700 platform.
    Noctua NM-i17xx-MP83 mounting kit for LGA 1700
    You can use this mounting kit to install Noctua CPU coolers with 83mm mounting pitch on a compatible Z690 motherboard with LGA 1700 socket.

be quiet!

be quiet! has some fantastic CPU coolers on the market and the company is fully embracing the new LGA 1700 socket by offering free mounting kits to its existing customers. be quiet! will send you a new backplate, mounting bridges, and all other required components for your new LGA 1700 socket motherboard if you have one of these CPU coolers mentioned below:

  • Dark Rock Pro 4
  • Dark Rock 4
  • Dark Rock Slim
  • Dark Rock TF 2
  • Shadow Rock 3
  • Shadow Rock Slim 2
  • Shadow Rock LP
  • Pure Rock 2
  • Pure Rock
  • Silent Loop 2
  • Pure Loop

Additionally, the company has also confirmed that all their compatible CPU coolers (going forward) will have the LGA 1700 mounting parts included in the box.

Artic

Artic has also confirmed it’s making LGA 1700 mounting brackets for some of its existing coolers. In fact, it’ll offer them for free of charge to consumers with a valid purchase receipt. Artic will provide LGA 1700 mounting kits for its CPU coolers mentioned below:

  • All Freezer 34 models
  • Liquid Freezer II series
  • Freezer 50
  • Freezer i13 X and Freezer i13 X CO

Cooler Master

Cooler Master has joined the list of manufacturers to include LGA 1700 mounting kits for both its air as well as liquid coolers. Almost all Cooler Master coolers — at least the fairly new and popular ones — now come with the new mounting kit. Additionally, the company says it’ll send out free LGA 1700 mounting kits for the coolers purchased before the Intel Alder Lake CPU launch. You might want to consult your retailer or get in touch with Cooler Master directly to see if fetch the free upgrade for the new CPU. We’re adding links to purchase a couple of popular Cooler Master coolers below:

    Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition
    The Cooler Master Hyper 212 Black Edition is one of the best air coolers you can buy for your CPU. It's been around for quite some time now, and it's hardly a surprise Cooler Master is providing new a mounting bracket for this particular unit.
    Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360 Illusion
    The Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML360 Illusion is is our pick for the best AIO liquid cooler you can buy on the market right now. All the new units will now come with the LGA 1700 mounting bracket whereas existing customers with this cooler can claim their free upgrade directly from Cooler Master.

NZXT

NZXT has also confirmed that it’ll be offering the new mounting kits for its Kraken series of AIO coolers. All the future Kraken units produced after mid to late November of 2021 will include the new LGA 1700 bracket. Existing Kraken cooler users without the LGA 1700 bracket will get a free LGA 1700 bracket kit. You can claim yours by following the directions mentioned here. Also, here’s a list of all NZXT CPU coolers that are compatible with Intel’s new LGA 1700 socket:

  • NZXT Kraken Z series
  • NZXT Kraken X series
  • NZXT Kraken 120 series

ASUS

ASUS also has an elaborate portfolio of AIO CPU coolers that are compatible with the new LGA 1700 socket. All the eligible modules models will come with the LGA 1700 mounting kit package which includes a mounting bracket, a backplate, and four standoff screws for the new socket. Here’s a list of all the ASUS AIO liquid coolers that are LGA 1700 ready:

  • ROG Ryujin II 360/ ROG Ryujin II 240
  • ROG Strix LC II 360/ ROG Strix LC II 360 ARGB/ ROG Strix LC II 280 ARGB/ ROG Strix LC II 240/ ROG Strix LC II 240 ARGB/ ROG Strix LC II 120 ARGB
  • TUF Gaming LC 240 ARGB/ TUF Gaming LC 120 ARGB

Thermaltake

Thermaltake, just like a lot of other manufacturers, has confirmed that a lot of its existing CPU coolers — both fan coolers and liquid AIO coolers — will support the new LGA 1700 socket. Also, all the new Thermaltake CPU coolers going forward will come with optional LGA 1700 mounting kits. We’ve added a Thermaltake AIO cooler that’s available right now with a mounting kit for the new CPU socket.

    Thermaltake Floe RC360 AIO liquid cooler
    The Thermaltake Floe RC360 is the only AIO liquid cooler on the market right now that also comes with a memory cooler block for keeping your RAM stick cool. This is a great option for those who're overclocking both their CPUs as well as the memory modules. You can also buy a bundle that includes Thermaltake's overclocked memory modules too.

Below is the list of all Thermaltake CPU coolers that work with the new LGA 1700 provided you have a mounting kit for it. You can reach out to Thermaltake or your local reseller to you gt one for your new Alder Lake CPU.

Air CPU coolers:

  • TOUGHAIR Series – TOUGHAIR 510, TOUGHAIR 310, and TOUGHAIR 110.
  • UX Series – UX210 ARGB Sync, UX200 High Air Flow, and UX100 High Air Flow.
  • Contac Series – Contac 9 and Contac Silent 12.

AIO Liquid CPU coolers:

  • Ultra Series – Floe RC Ultra 360 CPU & Memory AIO, Floe RC Ultra 240 CPU & Memory AIO, TOUGHLIQUID Ultra 360, and TOUGHLIQUID Ultra 240.
  • TOUGHLIQUID ARGB Series – TOUGHLIQUID 360 ARGB Sync, TOUGHLIQUID 280 ARGB Sync, and TOUGHLIQUID 240 ARGB Sync.
  • Floe RC Series – Floe RC240 CPU & Memory AIO Snow Edition, Floe RC360 CPU & Memory AIO Snow Edition, Floe RC360 CPU & Memory AIO, and Floe RC240 CPU & Memory AIO.
  • TH Series – TH120 ARGB Sync, TH240 ARGB Sync, TH360 ARGB Sync, TH240 ARGB Sync Snow Edition, and TH360 ARGB Sync Snow Edition.

MSI

MSI launched a bunch of new AIO liquid coolers just in time for the new Intel Alder Lake processor launch. These new coolers come with support for the new LGA 1700 socket out of the box. MSI has launched the new MAG CORELIQUID C Series and MAG CORELIQUID P Series. Both liquid coolers come in 3 different sizes of radiators — 240mm, 280mm, and 360mm. You can check out the new cooler using the link below –

    MSI MAG Series CORELIQUID 360R
    The MSI MAG Series CORELIQUID 360R is an aRGB CPU liquid cooler that comes with a 360mm radiator and three 120mm aRGB PWN fans for the same. This particular CPU cooler is compatible with the new LGA 1700 socket out of the box, which means it's perfect for your new Alder Lake CPU-based build.

Additionally, MSI has also confirmed that all of its AIO liquid coolers will come with the LGA 1700 mounting kits out of the box. MSI’s LGA 1700 socket compatible AIO liquid coolers include:

  • MEG series
  • MPG series
  • MAG series

Note: We’ll be updating this space with more upgrade kits as other manufacturers announce their availability.

Using the same CPU coolers for next-gen Raptor Lake chips

The new LGA 1700 socket is said to have more room for additional pins, resulting in a bigger size. It appears the same LGA 1700 socket will be able to accommodate processors with 1700 and 1800 pins. This means the next generation of Intel processors codenamed Raptor Lake (with 1800 pins), will likely use the same socket. It’s not really a surprise considering these sockets usually support multiple generations of processors in the same category. However, we’ll refrain from speculating further in this regard until we get more clarity on this.

Preorders for the new Intel chips have already begun and they hit the shelves officially on November 4. A lot of you are probably excited about getting your hands on one of these new chips to finally dole out a powerful Intel-based build. But don’t forget to get a potent cooler to tame the thermal output of these new CPUs. The Intel Core i5-12600K(F), Core i7-12700K(F), and the Core i9-12900K(F) all have a base TDP of 125W, and it goes without saying that a lack of good cooling solutions will have a lasting impact on the CPU.

Let us know what you think about these new Alder Lake processors in the comments below. And if you’re sticking to your existing CPUs, you might want to check out our collection of the best CPU coolers to see if there are any new coolers for your CPU on the market.

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Karthik Iyer
Karthik Iyer

Karthik covers PC hardware for XDA Computing. When not at work, you will find him yelling at his monitors while playing video games.