Is not often that you get something for free in the computer world, but Noctua has just announced that it plans to give away free LGA 2011 mounting kits to users who have purchased any CPU cooler manufactured by the company after 2005.
A prototype of the new mounting kit is on display at the company's Computex booth and is based on the SecuFirm 2 design.
All users who have a Noctua CPU heatsink released after 2005 can qualify for this free upgrade as long as they still have a proof of purchase. Otherwise, the kit will be sold at a nominal price.
This is not the first time that Noctua offers such a free upgrade to its customers. The company has previously done so in late 2008, when Intel launched its first Core i7 processors that used the LGA 1366 socket.
Back then, the mounting kit was offered to all owners of LGA 775 heatsinks.
The LGA 2011 socket will make its debut in the forth quarter of 2011 together with Intel's X79 chipset and the first Sandy Bridge-E processors.
Initially, the consumer space will witness the introduction of just three chips, including two six-core and one quad-core model.
Both six-core SKUs will come with a fully unlocked design, but Intel's flagship processor will work at 3.3GHz and pack 15MB of Level 3 cache, while its smaller brother will run at 3.2GHz and feature “only” 12MB of L3 cache.
The last of the three processors will pack four computing cores (8 threads), has limited overclocking potential and features 10MB of Level 3 cache and a 3.6GHz base clock.
At this year's Computex 2011, a large variety of motherboard makers have been showcasing their upcoming LGA 2011 products, including Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, and others.