The LGA 1200 socket is compatible with Intel's 10th generation Core processors, code-named "Comet Lake," and Intel's 11th generation Core processors, code-named "Rocket Lake." Some Pentium Gold and Celeron CPUs also support this socket.
This article will discuss which processors support the LGA 1200 socket and provide recommendations for compatible CPU coolers.
Intel's 10th and 11th Gen Core CPUs are compatible with socket LGA 1200 motherboards.
|Processor Branding||CPUs Models|
|Intel Core i9||Core i9 11900K, 11900KF, 11900F, 11900, 11900T, 10900K, 10900KF, 10900F, 10900, 10900T, 10850K|
|Intel Core i7||Core i7 11700K, 11700KF, 11700F, 11700, 11700T, 10700K, 10700KF, 10700F, 10700, 10700T|
|Intel Core i5||Core i5 11600K, 11600KF, 11600, 11600T, 11500, 11500T, 11400F, 11400, 11400T, 10600K, 10600KF, 10600, 10600T, 10505, 10500, 10500T, 10400F, 10400, 10400T|
|Intel Core i3||Core i3 10325, 10320, 10305, 10305T, 10300, 10300T, 10105F, 10105, 10105T, 10100F, 10100, 10100T|
|Intel Pentium Gold||Pentium Gold G6605, G6600, G6505, G6505T, G6500, G6500T, G6405, G6405T, G6400, G6400T|
|Intel Celeron||Celeron G5925, G5920, G5905, G5905T, G5900, G5900T|
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Motherboards for Intel processors are made with chipsets provided by Intel. Each chipset offers a unique set of capabilities. However, motherboards must explicitly support features and capabilities for you to use them. Verify that a motherboard supports the features and capabilities you desire.
For Intel's 10th and 11th generation processors, you'll need a motherboard with an LGA 1200 socket and a compatible 400-series or 500-series chipset. The 11th generation Core processors are not compatible with the B460 or H410 chipsets.
For Pentium Gold G6xxx processors, you'll need a motherboard with any 400 or 500-series chipset except for the W580 or W480.
For Celeron G59x5 processors, you'll need a motherboard with any 400 or 500-series chipset except for the W580 or W480. Celeron G59x0 processors are only compatible with motherboards using the Z490, H470, B460, Q470, or H410 chipsets.
Learn more about compatible motherboard chipsets in our article, LGA 1200 Motherboard Chipsets.
for a specific LGA 1200 Core CPU:
Locked Intel CPUs may come with a stock CPU cooler. These CPU models do not have a "K" in the name. While stock coolers will prevent your CPU from overheating, your CPU will throttle its performance during games and other intensive tasks. Higher TDP coolers will keep your CPU at turbo speeds for longer durations. Stock coolers are often quite loud at their maximum speed.
Best AIO Liquid Cooler: Enermax Liqmax III 360
- This Enermax liquid cooler has an excellent cooling capability with a 360-watt TDP (Thermal Design Power).
- Supports a variety of CPU sockets, including Intel LGA 2066, 2011-3, 2011, 1700, 1200, 1366, 1156, 1155, 1151, 1150 and AMD AM4, AM3+, AM3, AM2+, AM2, FM2+, FM2, FM1.
- Quiet operation at 14-27 dBA.
- Make sure your computer case dimensions support this, as it will take up a decent amount of space!
Best Dual-Fan Air CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15
- Dual 140 mm fans provide 220-watt TDP (183 NSPR) of cooling capability.
- Supports a variety of CPU sockets, including Intel LGA 1700, 1200, 1156, 1155, 1151, 1150, 2011, 2066 and AMD AM4, AM3, AM3+, AM2, AM2+, FM2, FM2+.
- Quiet operation at 24.6 dBA.
Runner Up - Dual-Fan Air CPU Cooler: Thermaltake TOUGHAIR 510
- This CPU cooler doesn't have any fancy LED lights, but the dual 120 mm fans do a great job of cooling LGA 1200 CPUs.
- Suppose you think this cooler will take up too much space. In that case, Thermaltake has a few single-fan TOUGHAIR variants which use different orientations.
- This CPU cooler has a 2000 RPM max speed for optimal cooling.
- 180-watt TDP (Thermal Design Power).
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