All Noctua coolers (except one) are compatible will AMD's AM5 CPU socket
Noctua's promising insane levels of forwards compatibility for AMD's AM5 socket
Published: 5th April 2022 | Source: Noctua |
All of Noctua's AM4 CPU coolers are, or will be, compatible with AMD's AM5 CPU socket
Noctua has confirmed today that almost all of their AM4-compable CPU coolers will be compatible with AMD's new AM5 socket when AMD launches its Ryzen 7000 series processors later this year. Only one CPU cooler will be incompatible, and it is due to receive an upgrade kit for AMD,
PC gamers that are planning to upgrade to AM5 have a clear upgrade path if they own Noctua CPU coolers. Only Noctua's NH-L9a-AM4 and the NM-AM4-L9aL9i heatsinks will lack out-of-the-box support for AM5, though as mentioned before, a dedicated AM5 upgrade kit is in the works.
AMD's AM5 socket used the same mounting holes and threads as AM4, allowing heatsinks with AM4 support to directly mount to AMD's AM5 socket. Noctua has reported that AM5's backplate cannot be replaced with AM5, making heatsinks that require a custom backplate incompatible with AMD's new CPU socket.
CPU coolers purchased before 2019 that lack AM4 socket support can be upgraded to support AMD's AM5 socket using Noctua's NM-AM4 or NM-AM4-UxS upgrade kits. These kits deliver AM4 support to these CPU coolers, and therefore AM5 support.
FAQ: Which Noctua CPU coolers are compatible with AMD AM5?
AM5 (LGA 1718) is AMD’s upcoming socket for its next-generation Ryzen 7000 (Zen 4) series processors. Please refer to our socket compatibility overview in the Noctua Compatibility Centre (NCC) to see which Noctua CPU cooler models support socket AM5 out of the box or via mounting upgrade kits.
In short, all Noctua coolers and mounting kits that support AM4 are upwards compatible with socket AM5, except the NH-L9a-AM4 and the NM-AM4-L9aL9i.
All Noctua AM4 mountings except the ones of the NH-L9a-AM4 and the NM-AM4-L9aL9i attach to the threads of the standard AM4 stock backplate. Since these backplate threads and their pattern are identical on AM4 and AM5, our AM4 mountings that attach to the standard AMD backplate also support AM5.
This means that all SE-AM4 models as well as all Noctua multi-socket coolers purchased since 01/2019 already support socket AM5. Multi-socket coolers purchased before this date that have already been upgraded to AM4 using the NM-AM4 or NM-AM4-UxS kits also require no further upgrades. Older multi-socket coolers that have been purchased before 2019 and have not yet been upgraded to AM4 can be made compatible with AM5 using the NM-AM4 or NM-AM4-UxS upgrade kits.
The NH-L9a-AM4 and the NM-AM4-L9aL9i are not compatible with AM5 because they require replacing the standard AMD backplate with a custom one, which isn’t possible on AM5. A dedicated AM5 upgrade kit for NH-L9a, NH-L9a-AM4 and NH-L9i coolers is in preparation.
Is my Noctua CPU cooler compatible with AM5?
Using Noctua's "Compatibility Center" webpage, PC builders should be able to check if their Noctua heatsinks will support AMD's new AM5 socket. It should tell you whether or not you will need an AM4 upgrade kit, or if your CPU cooler will be compatible with AM5 out of the box.