Intel Core i7-12700K

Series: Alder Lake-SSocket: LGA 1700

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When modern CPUs use their turbo modes, they can (depending on the configuration of the UEFI BIOS) dissipate much more heat than indicated by the manufacturer’s TDP (Thermal Design Power) specification. Just like manual overclocking, this puts higher demands on the cooling solution. Our CPU compatibility list helps you to choose (choosing) the cooler model that is best suited for a given CPU and your individual requirements as far as turbo and overclocking headroom are concerned.

We classify our coolers according to the following categories:

best turbo/overclocking headroom
medium turbo/overclocking headroom
low turbo/overclocking headroom
compatible without turbo/overclocking headroom
compatible (CPU doesn't offer turbo or overclocking functionality)
compatible with certain restrictions (see comment)
incompatible (see comment)

Note that the turbo/overclocking headroom is classified in relation to the specified base clock speeds of the CPU, i.e. "compatible without turbo/overclocking headroom" means that a cooler can keep the CPU at base clock at highly intensive and continuous all-core loads (e.g. Prime95) and "best turbo/overclocking headroom" means that a cooler can go far beyond base clock at these loads. Therefore, if two CPUs are identical except for one having a lower base clock speeds, the same cooler might score higher on the CPU with lower clock speeds.

Please also see our general buying guide, motherboard compatibility list and FAQs for further help on how to select the best cooler for your configuration.

ModelNSPR
CompatibleComments
NH-C14S
LGA 1700 mounting-kit included since 09/2021

For coolers bought before this date:

NH-D12L
NH-D15
LGA 1700 mounting-kit included since 01/2022

For coolers bought before this date:

NH-D15 SE-AM4
NH-D15 chromax.black
LGA 1700 mounting-kit included since 01/2022

For coolers bought before this date:

NH-D15S
LGA 1700 mounting-kit included since 05/2022

For coolers bought before this date:

NH-D15S chromax.black
LGA 1700 mounting-kit included since 11/2021

For coolers bought before this date:

NH-D9 DX-3647 4U
Mechanically incompatible
NH-D9 DX-4189 4U
Mechanically incompatible
NH-D9DX i4 3U
NH-D9L
LGA 1700 mounting-kit included since 01/2022

For coolers bought before this date:

NH-L12 Ghost S1 Edition
NH-L12S
LGA 1700 mounting-kit included since 11/2021

For coolers bought before this date:

NH-L9a-AM4
Mechanically incompatible
NH-L9a-AM4 chromax.black
Mechanically incompatible
NH-L9i
Mechanically incompatible
NH-L9i chromax.black
Mechanically incompatible
NH-L9i-17xx
NH-L9i-17xx chromax.black
NH-L9x65
LGA 1700 mounting-kit included since 01/2022

For coolers bought before this date:

NH-L9x65 SE-AM4
NH-P1
with NF-A12x25 LS-PWM fan
LGA 1700 mounting-kit included since 01/2022

For coolers bought before this date:

NH-P1
fanless
  • Cooler cannot handle base clock
  • LGA 1700 mounting-kit included since 01/2022

For coolers bought before this date:

NH-U12A
LGA 1700 mounting-kit included since 01/2022

For coolers bought before this date:

NH-U12A chromax.black
NH-U12DX i4
NH-U12S
LGA 1700 mounting-kit included since 03/2022

For coolers bought before this date:

NH-U12S DX-3647
Mechanically incompatible
NH-U12S DX-4189
Mechanically incompatible
NH-U12S SE-AM4
NH-U12S TR4-SP3
Mechanically incompatible
NH-U12S chromax.black
LGA 1700 mounting-kit included since 12/2021

For coolers bought before this date:

NH-U12S redux
LGA 1700 mounting-kit included since 11/2021

For coolers bought before this date:

NH-U14S
LGA 1700 mounting-kit included since 04/2022

For coolers bought before this date:

NH-U14S DX-3647
Mechanically incompatible
NH-U14S DX-4189
Mechanically incompatible
NH-U14S TR4-SP3
Mechanically incompatible
NH-U9 DX-4189
Mechanically incompatible
NH-U9 TR4-SP3
Mechanically incompatible
NH-U9DX i4
NH-U9S
LGA 1700 mounting-kit included since 12/2021

For coolers bought before this date:

NH-U9S chromax.black
LGA 1700 mounting-kit included since 01/2022

For coolers bought before this date: