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Need a aftermarket cooler (fx-6300) that doesnt' required removing motherboard to install

I am looking for a good aftermarket cooler for my fx-6300 ( my motherboard is: m5a97 r2.0 )

I don't want to have to remove the MB to install it, are their any decent affordable coolers that can be applied from the top only?

I know the hyper 212 is widely recommended, but the installation is deterring me from it.

Thank you.
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  1. As long as you have 161mm of CPU cooler clearance in your case, a good alternative would be the Arctic Cooling A30 Freezer.

    The Phanteks PH-TC12DX also using the stock backplate, but it is a bit more expensive, and I can't remember if it has a fixed direction of mounting?
  2. thanks , so the a30 will install without having to have access behind the mB?
  3. Yep; I own and use one.
  4. someone else told me that I cannot simply install it without using the backside of MB, is he wrong, this is what he wrote

    No, the mtg kit requires removing the AMD retention bracket and using the supplied parts. The only example video I've found for you is in Spanish, but it shows what I mean: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70FSauVPfHs
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    If you do not have a cut-out for rear access to your motherboard, the only way you can install an aftermarket CPU cooler is if the CPU cooler uses the stock backplate.

    The A30 Freezer uses the stock AMD backplate, but requires different retention brackets for mounting. So, without removing your motherboard, you can remove the stock retention brackets and install the A30 retention brackets so you can mount it.

    I will admit that I had forgotten that AM3+ platforms can have two types of retention brackets; square and separate. ASUS only uses the square type in their 78-models of current offerings. The more advanced models (like what you and I have) use the separate/two-bracket style: http://www.ebay.com/itm/AMD-Motherboard-AM2-AM2-AM3-FM1-Socket-940-FM1-Retention-bracket-Holder-Clip-/251275256190

    Those are the style of brackets which your motherboard has; you can unscrew one bracket at a time to ensure you don't somehow lose your backplate behind your motherboard - assuming you have the room behind your motherboard for that to happen.
  6. I believe the CoolerMaster Hyper T4 doesn't need a backplate and it doesn't perform much worse than the CM Hyper 212 EVO
  7. xJOEMANN13 said:
    I believe the CoolerMaster Hyper T4 doesn't need a backplate and it doesn't perform much worse than the CM Hyper 212 EVO


    Exactly what I was going to choose. :lol: The TX3 will work too if cooler height becomes a problem.
  8. The T4 is 152mm height so it will fit most ATX cases but the TX3 will fit and that doesn't need a backplate
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