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Noctua's Getting Ready for Intel Rocket Lake CPUs

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It's no secret that Intel's 11th Generation Rocket Lake-S CPUs are nearing. Intel has yet to announce exact specs, pricing or even as much as a launch date. However, the vendor did dish out a load of juicy technical details on the Core i9-11900K flagship earlier this week for CES. CES also brought an onslaught of Z590 and B560 motherboard announcements for the new chips, which indicates that a launch date is nearing. 

With that in mind, Noctua has started prepping its compatibility list for which coolers work on which boards. And it's already made good progress. Thus far, the list comprises over 30 Z590 boards and 11 B560 planks. The list is far from complete, but many of the most popular options are already accounted for. 

Remember that this is a tedious process, as Noctua has a ton of coolers in its arsenal. It also tests discontinued models for a total of 55 coolers. So to already have this information at our disposal ahead of launch is nothing short of impressive.

You can find Noctua's Z590 compatibility list here and the B560 list is here. If a cooler is incompatible, you'll see a red cross with your motherboard and cooler combo and the reasoning why. But if it does fit, you'll see a big green checkmark. 

That said, some coolers require upgrades to their SecuFirm mounting kits to fit on the LGA1200 CPU socket. But Noctua almost always provides these free of charge, including for discontinued coolers (assuming you have proof of purchase). 

Niels Broekhuijsen

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • gggplaya
    I wish Noctua would put some more effort into making their fans look cooler. You can buy their current ugly color scheme or the more recent all black variants.

    Many builders have tempered glass cases, they really need fans with addressable rgb lighting and better plastic color schemes.
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  • Phaaze88
    Noice! (y)

    @gggplaya
    But that means weaker, yet more expensive fans. Plus they lose some originality; there's already enough of those kinds of fans out there, so the only difference is that Noctua's name is on them.
    :unsure:
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  • gggplaya
    Phaaze88 said:
    Noice! (y)

    @gggplayaBut that means weaker, yet more expensive fans. Plus they lose some originality; there's already enough of those kinds of fans out there, so the only difference is that Noctua's name is on them.
    :unsure:


    People buy Noctua fans because they are generally at the forefront of performance and quietness. Would be nice to also look good inside my case.
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  • Flayed
    I wish Noctua would send stock of their mounting kits to retailers. I've been waiting over two weeks for one.
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  • Phaaze88
    gggplaya said:
    People buy Noctua fans because they are generally at the forefront of performance and quietness. Would be nice to also look good inside my case.
    I can't deny the first one. The second one is subjective.
    The staple brown and beige is an acquired taste.
    They have Chromax Black. Black matches well with many color profiles.

    Well, if they ever do go the LED route, it'll take longer to produce because they'll want to completely redesign the fans to make up for their tradeoffs, or something like that.
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  • ThatMouse
    Has anyone found the guy who likes the brown and beige color? Someone should interview that guy.
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  • Conahl
    i dont mind the look of their fans. i even have replaced the rgb fans that come with cases with noctua ones.
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  • Phaaze88
    ThatMouse said:
    Has anyone found the guy who likes the brown and beige color? Someone should interview that guy.
    This guy.
    That guy.
    Uh-huh.
    Definitely that guy.
    Uhh...
    Absolute Madlad.
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  • jomoe
    gggplaya said:
    I wish Noctua would put some more effort into making their fans look cooler. You can buy their current ugly color scheme or the more recent all black variants.

    Many builders have tempered glass cases, they really need fans with addressable rgb lighting and better plastic color schemes.
    lol RGB wy do the fans need rgb when every single other piece of hardware has it already. i get parts that have no rgb on purpose i think they make it look like a cheap child toy. ive seen many many builds look amazing without rgb. try to be original. and really how often are you actually looking in your case? do you spend most of your time using the computer or starting into your case being blinded by the light.
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  • hannibal
    Conahl said:
    i dont mind the look of their fans. i even have replaced the rgb fans that come with cases with noctua ones.

    Yep! The quality of Nochtua fans is top notch!
    I personally hate rgb light in computer, so I did buy metal side panel to replase the class side panel of my BeSilent 900 pro and yeah... Inside is full Noctua for quietness and quality. If you really want to have those transparent side panels, Noctua Chromax Black is a good option.
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  • hotaru251
    gggplaya said:
    Many builders have tempered glass cases, they really need fans with addressable rgb lighting and better plastic color schemes.
    and there are many rgb puke fans out there...just not from noctua.

    They are performance > looks.

    imho RGB on everything is annoying. much high end stuff has it and it just makes it more expensive for features you wont ever use.
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