CPU heatsink makers ready up Socket AM4 mounting kits

A while back, we got a clue that Socket AM4 would use a new heatsink mounting system when be quiet! announced it would be giving away free mounting kits for its existing cooling gear. As it happens, the AM4 mounting system is similar to that of AM3+ (a system that traces its roots back to the Socket 754 era), but the AM4 backplate uses slightly larger dimesions. Overclock3D got a few pictures of the mounts and confirmed those larger dimensions. Most existing heatsinks and waterblocks aren't going to fit the new socket without a new mounting apparatus. Happily, a handful of heatsink manufacturers have now posted information about their approaches to AM4 compatibility for customers who already own aftermarket coolers.

Cryorig's AM4 mounting system

Noctua, Phanteks, and Cryorig have joined be quiet! in offering free cooler upgrade kits for Ryzen CPU coolers. Cooler Master takes things one step further and says that the latest shipments of many of its existing products should fit Socket AM4 motherboards. Builders who already own the Hyper D92, the Hyper412, the Hyper612, the MasterAir series, the MasterLiquid Pro series, and the Nepton and Seidon water-coolers will require new mounting hardware for Socket AM4, however.

Noctua's AM4 upgrade kit

Folks with AMD stock heatsinks like the Wraith won't need new mounting hardware, according to TR's conversations with the company at CES. Enthusiasts looking to upgrade to Ryzen likely have an aftermarket cooler or two floating around already, however, so it's nice to see that many companies are stepping up to the plate and providing builders with a way to mount their existing hardware to the AM4 socket.

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    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    This article states that Cooler Master is taking things one step further by making some of its coolers AM4-compatible out of the box but doesn’t mention if they’re giving out free upgrade kits to existing CM users who wish to get them. Being ready for AM4 is a given moving forward but giving out free upgrades isn’t, and is actually quite interesting, PR play or not. I don’t see how CM trumps these other guys here.

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    They should really make sure the mounting plate is nice and strong so mounting a very tight and heavy cooler on the board won’t put stress on the board. My first AM3+ board gave up the ghost a bit too early. I have a suspicion it’s the sheer weight and force of the cooler that caused it.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    I’ve never liked AMD’s use of a plastic retention bracket and only two retention tabs. Plastic tabs can (and do) snap off!

    I love the LGA2011 style “here are four posts sticking out of the board. Mount securely to the backplate” leaves no room for <expletive> options. At least with recent AM3 and the new AM4 boards, it looks like the single-tab plastic retention bracket is easy to remove, leaving four LGA2011-like posts for serious hardware to bolt to.

      • POLAR
      • 3 years ago

      Disagree. Almost every modern intel BGA socket with the boxed cooler can misplace during shipment, and the four pillars can and will break or snap off. AMD pin sockets with plastic tabs just stay in place. Saw thousands of pcs, a few broken intels, AMD still 0.

        • Prestige Worldwide
        • 3 years ago

        There’s a big difference between platforms that use the Intel boxed cooler and the LGA 2011 mounting system.

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        Aye, as PrestigeWorldwide points out, you’re mistaking the LGA2011 socket with the cheap plastic push-pin system used in LGA1xxx sockets. Totally different and not what I’m talking about at all. LGA2011 sockets look [url=http://i61.tinypic.com/ftc9y.jpg<]like this[/url<] with four very sturdy threaded posts as part of the actual socket [i<]frontplate[/i<]. Although I agree with you, the plastic push-pin system is far from ideal - but that's a discussion for another topic 😉

      • speely
      • 3 years ago

      I don’t remember whether they stopped doing it on AM3 or AM3+, but the retention brackets used to have *three* tabs on each side, and most coolers had clips that would use all of them. I very much preferred that. I still feel like switching to just one on each side was a silly trade of stability for… I dunno, simplicity? Saving $0.0036 per unit in material costs? (edit to add – holy thread necro, Batman. Oops. Sorry. lol)

    • Bauxite
    • 3 years ago

    Noctua is awesome, I got some free ‘alternate orientation’ amd mounts years ago and extra fan clips recently. I still think theirs is one of the best retention systems and easiest to migrate the cooler section since that part of the mount never changes.

    • ozzuneoj
    • 3 years ago

    Its starting to look like my Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme may finally have found its permanent resting place on my 2500k if there aren’t going to be any AM4 brackets available. Its been a fantastic cooler for me for more than 10 years. Its only been on three motherboards\CPUs in all that time and its allowed me to OC all of them long enough to keep them relevant for a while.

    • ptsant
    • 3 years ago

    Corsair is too silent. I paid good money for my H80…

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 years ago

      I gave a nib H80i GT to family member.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Is it time to start posting [s<]Half Life 3[/s<] [b<]RyZen CONFIRMED!![/b<] in every story? I think so! Let's start: I like grilled cheese. [b<]RyZen CONFIRMED!![/b<]

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      I’m baking bread. It is RyZen.

        • Chrispy_
        • 3 years ago

        I see you have ryzen to this challenge and have already steamrollered the competition.

        I am3 out of ideas.

        • drfish
        • 3 years ago

        There’s a [url=https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=118986<]thread[/url<] for that. 🙂

          • cpucrust
          • 3 years ago

          Hopefully there is no economic black hole for AMD once the event horyzen has been crossed.

      • ozzuneoj
      • 3 years ago

      Ill take a slice if its Cinnamon Ryzen Bread.

        • etana
        • 3 years ago

        I’ll take a pastrami on Ryzen.

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