Originally Posted by captain_video
Hang onto your receipt. If you ever need to upgrade your motherboard with a newer model CPU and socket you can get the adapters for the cooler from Noctua for free with proof of purchase. I've upgraded my CPU 2 or 3 times since I bought my Noctua cooler several years ago and they sent me the upgraded brackets every time at no cost.
They are great about this for their mounts, but this cooler is different. The intel version doesn't use a separate backplate at all, just 4 screws directly into the heatsink. This is a good thing for some itx boards that have a ton of rear mounted chips. (my DQ77KB for example has almost as many surface mounted bgas on both sides)
This cooler is meant to be a direct drop in, guaranteed-compatible (but higher performing) replacement for the stock cooler as it follows the exact same keep-out zones intel designates for onboard chips.
I don't think it will ever be compatible with another socket that deviates from the 1156/1155/1150 hole dimensions, but it looks like intel will be using this size on the desktop for quite awhile.
The amd version does use the standard backplate, but amd has kept that identical for awhile as well. (from 939/940/AM1-3+/FM1-2+ so far)
When I stopped caring about super quiet: E5 1680v2 @ 4.5Ghz, 980ti, i750 SSD - JS9500 & Dell P2715Q for dual 4k@60 because reasons
SAN shares over 56Gb infiniband, microcenter + fleabay = severe risks to my wallet