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Noctua & Thermaltake to Offer Free LGA-2011 Mounting Kit

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 14 comments

Two major CPU cooler manufacturers, Noctua and Thermaltake, are offering their users a free upgrade mounting kit for the LGA-2011 socket.

If you look at the differences between the LGA-2011 and LGA-1366 socket, the first thing you see is the lack of mounting holes on the LGA-2011 motherboard. On current gen Intel motherboards, the CPU cooler mounting bracket passes through the motherboard and is retained by either push-pins or variations of backplates and mounting screws. The LGA-2011 socket will utilize the CPU retention bracket for the mounting of the CPU cooler through threaded tabs. These changes will required users to make a switch to a new bracket for mounting their coolers on the new LGA-2011 socket. 


Thermaltake and Noctua are offering a free mounting kit upgrade for the LGA-2011 socket. There are specific requirements that each manufacturer requires the users to meet for the upgrade on selected CPU coolers.


Terms and Conditions:

  •  FreeUp product will be shipped shortly after launch of the LGA 2011 processor
  •  FreeUp eligibility requires proof of purchase of: a. Qualified Thermaltake LGA 2011 compatible cooling solution b. LGA-2011 compatible motherboard or processor
  •  FreeUp product can take up to 2 weeks for shipping depending upon location
  •  Qualified Thermaltake product must be purchased on or after September 1st 2011 to qualify for the FreeUp program
  •  The Thermaltake FreeUp Program is only available for customers in North America.


Intel LGA-2011 compatible coolers:

  • Thermaltake Bigwater 760 Plus
  • Thermaltake Frio OCK
  • Thermaltake Frio
  • Thermaltake Contac 30


Noctua: The NM-I2011 SecuFirm2 mounting kit

Terms and Conditions:

  • Delivery may take up to 2 weeks depending on your destination.
  • The Noctua NM-I2011 SecuFirm2™ Mounting-Kit is also available for purchase at a list of resellers. If you need the kit urgently, please consider ordering it via a local reseller.
  • We strictly require a valid proof of purchase (scan, photo or screenshot of the invoice) of both a Noctua CPU cooler and either a LGA2011 mainboard or LGA2011 CPU in order to process your request. In case you've lost the invoice of your Noctua CPU cooler, please upload a photo of the cooler next to an ID card (passport, driver's licence, etc.) as proof of purchase. Please note that your name has to be clearly readable and that we can't process requests without proper proof of purchase.


Intel LGA-2011 compatible coolers:

  • All Noctua CPU coolers since 2005

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Noctua LGA-2011Noctua LGA-2011

To get your free mounting kit upgrade, visit Thermaltake's and Noctua's respective product pages.

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    jdamon113 , October 25, 2011 6:28 PM
    That is awesome now can we stop changing or adding ziffs
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    belardo , October 25, 2011 7:31 PM
    No. Added pins are needed for more data bandwidth. Which adds costs and complexity to the board and CPU.

    They cannot plan 5 years into the future their socket requirements.

    AMD's big plus is that they retain their socket standards for a LONG time.
    AM3 socket has been around since the Core i357? series from 2+ years ago and is using AMD latest so-so CPUs. Intel will has 4 sockets changes since then...

    But then again, AMD is shipping FM1 Sockets for current Fusion A CPUs... but in 2013, FM2 will replace both FM1 and AM3+ sockets.
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    iam2thecrowe , October 25, 2011 8:46 PM
    belardoNo. Added pins are needed for more data bandwidth.

    BS, they need more pins for data bandwidth like a gt210 needs pcie3 for more data bandwidth.
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    johnners2981 , October 25, 2011 10:10 PM
    "The Thermaltake FreeUp Program is only available for customers in North America"
    Don't think I'll buy thermaltake anymore, they is showing me no love :( 
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    jprahman , October 25, 2011 10:37 PM
    I'm not too crazy about this new mounting scheme. I mean all that's holding onto a heavy heatsink is a set of tabs that attach to the retention plate. I liked the old backplate style better, feels more solid.
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    Filiprino , October 25, 2011 10:52 PM
    This isn't new for Noctua. They've offered free mounting kits for their previous LGA775 coolers if you wanted to use them on LGA1156 or LGA1366.
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    hetneo , October 26, 2011 12:54 AM
    iam2thecroweBS, they need more pins for data bandwidth like a gt210 needs pcie3 for more data bandwidth.

    BS you didn't hear that Intel is switching from DMI to QPI on LGA 2011. And now you are proly wondering wtf am I talking about.
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    hetneo , October 26, 2011 12:59 AM
    Well tbh I hope that LGA2011 has some type of reinforcements under it self
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    cmadrid , October 26, 2011 4:05 AM
    The motherboard previews I've seen (admittedly only a few) look like they have a built in backplate now
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    belardo , October 26, 2011 7:18 AM
    Changing sockets... a great way to force customers to replace motherboards AND CPUs.
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    secretxax , October 26, 2011 1:40 PM
    belardoChanging sockets... a great way to force customers to replace motherboards AND CPUs.

    Intel, anyone? The latest software, just like hardware, is only there as an optional upgrade, not a required one! Just do what most people do, buy value components (i.e. CPU, MOBO, RAM, etc...). That way, you don't overspend on overpriced components, and that way, you can (continually?) upgrade every few years (try doing that on a Mac, LOL)...

    After seeing some benchmarks on, I'm planning on getting AMD's best 8-core for AM3+ (FX-8150), paired with GIGABYTE's GA-990FXA-UD5 Motherboard very soon... :~P


    Intel Core i5-2500K benchmark:
    AMD FX-8150 benchmark:

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    secretxax , October 26, 2011 1:43 PM
    NOTE: I am NOT an AMD or Intel fanboy. Although I prefer Intel most of the time, AMD's latest CPU is a better value (in my opinion) than Intel's value CPU at the current time...
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    kirk200 , October 26, 2011 2:19 PM
    Secretxax... check out the same pages you quoted and the i7-2600K... or for that matter simply overclock the i5-2500K... the better value (performance/$) is most certainly picking either one of those two Intel processors... No way would I recommend any new AMD processor today.
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    eddieroolz , October 27, 2011 2:28 AM
    It would be nice if we didn't have to change sockets so often, but short of that this solution is a good one.