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CM Hyper 212 EVO retention plate problem

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September 14, 2013 9:10:00 AM

Trying to install the cooling tower, put a thin layer of compound down first, put the retention plate in place with center screw in hole, and screws line up with the risers. All good except when i start to screw one of the screws into a riser the opposite screw is now too high to even reach the riser? This is my first build so I'm sure the installation could go much more smoothly, but the directions are of little help.

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September 14, 2013 9:19:17 AM

That's normal, just push it down with a finger so you can get the next screw to start.
If the screw is a long way up, you're probably not got the centre pin/dot/screw fully aligned in the aluminium base-I had this happen with mine, just give it a little wiggle and it should drop in fully.
DO NOT use anything metal!
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September 14, 2013 9:39:42 AM

Don't screw one side down completely.. get them all started then tighten.
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September 16, 2013 8:00:27 AM

MattyB13 said:
Don't screw one side down completely.. get them all started then tighten.


I only start one screw maybe one or two threads and the opposite screw is way high. The center presssure screw is in the hole flush. This made me so mad after a while that I installed the stock CPU fan/cooler that came with my amd 8-core 8150 (motherboard - Gigabyte 990 FXA-UD3. So the opposite side that sticks up can be forced down and it doesnt bow? I feel like either the standoffs need to be taller or it's simply in incompatibility issue. In every video I watched the retention plate screws touched the standoffs when they put the tower down on the CPU and from there they easily hand tightened all four at least a couple threads.

solved thread but somone with pretty much the exact same motherboard except his was a Gigabyte UD5, same issue. Makes me wonder.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/315834-28-cooler-mast...
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July 25, 2014 10:26:31 PM

If anyone else has this problem, pull out the retention plate, rotate and then try reseating it. There is a pin that sticks out on the heatsink (next to the central hole the plate slots into) that corresponds to a groove at the bottom of the plate, so pin slots into groove. If you force it with plate in wrong position, it may be applying more pressure to the CPU than intended!
In the correct position the plate screws should all sit on the standoffs, ie. one side shouldn't be higher than the other.

Not surprising though, the instructions are hopeless, a couple of vague pictures but no mention in written form of the retention plate having to go in a certain way or the pin...
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