Intel’s upcoming Alder Lake-S processor introduces many new features, including PCIe 5.0, DDR5 memory, the introduction of big.LITTLE hybrid architecture on the desktop platform, and the first use of 10nm Enhanced SuperFin process. In addition, the 12th-generation Core series desktop processors will also use the new LGA 1700 socket to replace the previously used LGA 1200 socket.
In the past period of time, we can see that many radiator manufacturers have successively released fasteners for the LGA 1700 socket to facilitate the use of old CPU radiators on the Alder Lake platform. For some expensive high-end integrated water-cooled radiators, users do not need to repurchase CPU radiators due to upgrades, which helps reduce waste, save resources, and appear more environmentally friendly. However, whether this approach can still maintain the heat dissipation efficiency of the CPU cooler, perhaps a question mark must be raised first.
According to Wccftech reports, there is news that the old CPU cooler is used to install the LGA 1700 clip on the new platform. The contact with the CPU is not good, and there may be heat dissipation problems. The pictures are provided. There are three water cooling heads shown above, one of which is MSI K360/S360, and the other two are said to be Cooler Master and Corsair’s products. LGA 1700 buckles have been used. Through the silicone grease, it can be judged that there is a water block that does not fit well on the top cover of the CPU.
Compared with the LGA 1200 socket (Socket H5), the new LGA 1700 socket (Socket V) has a length of 45mm while retaining the width of 37.5mm, changing from a square to a rectangle, and its Z height will be reduced from 7.3mm to 6.5mm. This asymmetrical rectangular design with a lower height means that a different installation pressure may be required to allow full contact between the CPU cooler and the water block. The general approach is to increase the area of the base for better contact, but most of them are high-end or new-style CPU coolers. If it is an all-in-one water-cooled radiator with a round base, it is more likely to be difficult to maintain the required pressure, resulting in poor heat dissipation performance.