Some users will be happy to know about the LGA 1200 socket compatibility with LGA 115x CPU coolers. This is possible as mount sockets have the same mounting specifications. There, the upgrade path less expensive for those who plan to upgrade an Intel Z490 motherboard and Comet Lake-S processor.
This news is confirmed by two sources. A well-known information leaker provided the LGA socket diagram, including the measurements of its mounting holes. The second source received a confirmation via Noctua In its FAQ, the PC cooling company said:
The heatsink mounting on Intel’s new LGA1200 platform (code name Comet Lake S) is identical to all LGA115x sockets (LGA1150, LGA1151, LGA1155, LGA1156). Therefore, all Noctua CPU coolers that support LGA115x also support LGA1200 and don’t require any mounting updates. Many other cooler models that do not support LGA115x can be made compatible free of charge with the NM-i115x Upgrade-Kit.
Intel didn’t say anything about cross-CPU cooler compatibility. But a word of a well-reputed CPU cooler manufacturer says it all.
This gives a long list of air and liquid CPU cooler support extension irrespective of the manufacturer. The LGA 115x has been around since 2009 with LGA 1156 and ending with LGA 1151 introduced in 2015. The LGA 1200 is a new socket with 49 more pins, most likely to provide better power delivery.
Since many Z490 motherboards are showcased, it is not going to take any longer for its official release. Its popularity rests on the platform’s price-and-performance ratio. Intel has a lot on its plate with Ryzen 3000- series CPUs. AMD Ryzen 4000 series CPUs are expected to be released in a few months. AMD recently announced the Ryzen 3 3100 and 3300X CPUs with the B550 chipset that features PCIe 4.0 x16 lane.
Source: Toms’ Hardware