Noctua has confirmed that virtually all of its AMD Socket AM4 compatible cooling solutions will also be Socket AM5 compatible for the new Ryzen 7000 processors. The only exceptions are the NH-L9a AM4 low profile cooler and that NM-AM4 Radiator Mounting Kit L9aL9i. For the latter, the manufacturer will release a free replacement in the form of a Socket AM5-compatible mounting kit at the end of October.
The company notes that all models of Socket AM4 processor cooling systems with the SE-AM4 prefix in the name and released after January 2019 will initially support the new Socket AM5 processor socket. CO models released before this date that have already received the NM-AM4 and NM-AM4-UxS mounting kits also do not require an additional update.
Even older coolers that have not yet received Socket AM4 compatibility kits can be retrofitted with Socket AM5 mounting kits. For customers’ understanding, the mounting kits marked NM-AM4 or NM-AM4-UxS are divided into NM-AM5/4-MP83 (for coolers with 83mm mounting holes) and NM-AM5/4-MP78 (for cooler) renamed with 78mm hole spacing).
Free mounting kits will be available on Noctua’s website, showing the purchase of the cooler itself, a socket AM4 or socket AM5 processor, or a socket AM4 or socket AM5 motherboard. If you don’t want to wait until October, the company offers the option of purchasing attachment kits yourself, for example on the online marketplace Amazon, where they are available for around 8 dollars or 8 euros.
Noctua also clarified that the NH-L9a-AM4 cooler and NM-AM4-L9aL9i mounting kit are not compatible with Socket AM5 as they require replacing the motherboard’s standard backplate with a custom backplate that is not compatible with the new socket AM5 is compatible. That’s why the company announced a new NM-AM5-L9aL9i mounting kit that will add socket AM5 compatibility to the NH-L9a-AM4 and NH-L9i cooling systems. In turn, the low-profile coolers of the NH-L9i-17xx model are not compatible with the new connector, as they are adapted for the LGA1700 connector. The manufacturer also added that a new version of the NH-L9a CPU cooler with initial support for socket AM5 is already in development and is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2023.