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Intel May Introduce Revamped Stock Coolers For 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs

Intel Laminar CPU Coolers (Image credit: Ayxerious/Twitter)

It would appear that Intel is finally giving its boring CPU stock coolers a much-needed makeover. Twitter user Ayxerious has shared a snippet of Intel's Laminar series of CPU coolers for its upcoming 12th Generation Alder Lake processors.

Intel reportedly developed the Laminar series from feedback obtained from its partners and customers. There is a possibility that the chipmaker will roll out three different thermal solutions for its 65W Alder Lake parts. The Laminar coolers should arrive with an improved thermal design and support for the LGA1700 socket support. These may be preliminary designs, though, so take them with a pinch of salt for now.

The RH1 looks to be designed specifically for the Intel Core i9 Alder Lake SKUs, and is the tallest cooler out of the trio. Heat is transferred from the base plate to multiple aluminum fins, while a cooling fan with RGB lighting will dissipate the heat. The mounting mechanism consists of a simple screw design as opposed to the typical push pins.

The RM1, on the other hand, is tailored to the Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 chips, while the RS1 is strictly for the Pentium and Celeron models. These coolers adhere to the same spiral design, with three key differences. The RM1 seems to feature a thick heatsink and more aluminum fins. There is also a LED strip that surrounds the fan that helps give the RM1 some bling. The RS1's circular heatsink, on the other hand, is smaller and doesn't have as many aluminum fins. Both the RM1 and RS1 rely on push-pin mounting.

It's arguably about time (or well past time) that Intel revamped the stock coolers that come with its processors. AMD renovated its stock coolers when the company launched Ryzen 3000 two years ago. However, Intel's Laminar stock coolers are allegedly for the 65W Alder Lake chips. For comparison, AMD's Wraith Prism and Wraith Spire tame 105W and 95W Ryzen SKUs, respectively. Then again, Intel has always advertised the PL1 value with its processors, so the Laminar coolers may offer higher thermal performance.

Intel is expected to launch Alder Lake this fall, and it'll be an important moment for the chipmaker's history because Alder Lake will bring the first hybrid desktop processor to the mainstream market. So it's no surprise really that a design change this drastic would bring with stock cooler changes as well. And if the Laminar coolers perform as impressively as they look in these images (while keeping fan noise minimal) perhaps there will soon be a bit less of a need to break out one of the best CPU coolers.

  • Sleepy_Hollowed
    Considering the real power consumption, these are going to have to be really performing cooling solutions.

    I don’t typically do air unless I live in a hot place or the system is in a hot room, but those 6 core12 thread systems are like the sun.
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  • Amdlova
    Lol... still trying a semi passive system oven noctua has trying to get that intel chips cool down... this remember my old pentium d 805. Has a melting point like the sun
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  • TerryLaze
    Sleepy_Hollowed said:
    Considering the real power consumption, these are going to have to be really performing cooling solutions.

    I don’t typically do air unless I live in a hot place or the system is in a hot room, but those 6 core12 thread systems are like the sun.
    Never mind the fact that intel has stopped bundling coolers with K CPUs years ago.

    Which one of these 6 numbers would you consider "the real power draw" for somebody that just buys a prebuild or builds their own system for everyday use?
    https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-core-i7-11700k-cpu-review/2
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  • waltc3
    Wake me when Intel releases a firm ship date for the CPUs the new coolers are designed for.
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  • spongiemaster
    Sleepy_Hollowed said:
    Considering the real power consumption, these are going to have to be really performing cooling solutions.

    I don’t typically do air unless I live in a hot place or the system is in a hot room, but those 6 core12 thread systems are like the sun.
    Intel doesn't include coolers with any of their k sku's. You don't need a crazy cooler for the non k sku's since the power consumption really only goes nuclear for sustained periods when you remove the limits and overclock.
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  • spongiemaster
    waltc3 said:
    Wake me when Intel releases a firm ship date for the CPUs the new coolers are designed for.
    Why? They're not made by AMD. You're not going to buy one anyway.
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