If you happen to be considering upgrading to the new Intel Alder Lake platform (Core 12000), you don’t just have to switch processors and motherboards. Because even if you decide on a DDR4 version of the new LGA1700 mainboard, you will probably have to change another component, the CPU cooler.
Because even the compatibility kits of the vast majority of brands do not get off 100% after the releases.
Some of the most popular coolers are having to say goodbye to Intel
According to Guru3D, and apparently it is a phenomenon that affects most ASUS motherboards, we have offered several coolers with kits from brands that are partially or fully compatible with the latest Intel platform.
That includes much of Noctua’s offering where we need to include the NH-D15, NH-U12S and NH-U12A. Coolers that are already considered by the manufacturer to be completely incompatible with ASUS Z690 and B660 mainboards. why? Apparently parts of these coolers meet the VRMs, which means that it is physically impossible to mount the component on the motherboard.
On a certain ASUS model, the Z690G Gaming WiFi, the cooler completely covers one of the PCIe x16 slots. In other words, it makes it impossible to use the PCIe 5.0 slot on the new generation board.
Unfortunately, the problems do not only occur with Noctua coolers, but also occur with other motherboards outside of the ASUS ecosystem. After all, there are many cases where the cooling surface of the cooler cannot comfortably spread the thermal paste onto the processor. Which in turn offers a performance that is far below expectations.
In short, buying a new cooler is a good idea if you are thinking of building a machine based on an Intel Core 12000 processor.
Besides, what do you think of all of this? Have you thought about using your cooler? Please let us know what you think in the comments below.