As an fanatic, you’ve a fantastic many issues when moving to a brand new platform. One of these is what you will have to do about cooling. Some hardcore varieties have lots of of {dollars} invested in thermal resolution programs and {hardware}, like heatsinks and waterblocks. The potential to maneuver these options over to a brand new PC platform is sort of a creature consolation.

AMD’s already introduced that its Zen 4-based Ryzen 7000-series processors will probably be appropriate with Socket AM4 coolers to a point. Of course, Intel’s upcoming Raptor Lake CPUs slot into the identical sockets as its extant Alder Lake chips, so there is not any issues about cooler compatibility there. What about future CPUs, although?

If the newest leak over at Benchlife is correct, it appears like desktop Meteor Lake and Arrow Lake processors will probably be utilizing an 1851-contact LGA socket. That’s a good few extra pins than the prevailing LGA 1700 utilized by Alder Lake in addition to the 1718 contacts of AMD’s Socket AM5. Despite the elevated pincount, it looks as if the sockets are the identical dimension, though the peak that the IHS rises over the motherboard has risen by some 0.1mm.

Still, regardless that the brand new socket appears to be barely taller, present heatsink and waterblock mounts ought to stay appropriate, maybe with slight changes to screw torque. There might be some concern over the vastly totally different bodily configuration of parts on the “disaggregated” Meteor Lake chips; the locality of warmth technology might be fairly totally different from Raptor Lake or Alder Lake. That’s what the IHS is for, although, right?

In the previous, it was thought that Meteor Lake may proceed to make use of the LGA 1700 socket, however this data, if correct, fully cancels that concept. Well, it was most likely silly to anticipate Intel to make use of the identical socket for greater than two generations of CPU anyway.