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May 27, 2014 11:10:46 PM

I am looking for a new aftermarket cooler but my mobo (Asrock Fm2a88x-itx+) has a vrm on its back near the CPU socket which interferes with almost every after market CPU cooler which uses a backplate. I was wondering about the best CPU cooler that does not require a backplate.
My Case: NZXT Phantom 410

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May 27, 2014 11:14:39 PM

What socket?

And I don't know of any Aftermarket CPU coolers that do not have backplates. I'll search for some to see if any even exist.
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May 27, 2014 11:16:46 PM

h801 uses the original stock clip to hold itself in
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May 27, 2014 11:29:57 PM

CodenameHaswell said:
What socket?

And I don't know of any Aftermarket CPU coolers that do not have backplates. I'll search for some to see if any even exist.


FM2+
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May 27, 2014 11:31:44 PM

i7Baby said:
How does it interfere? A stock cooler would have to fit.

According to Partpicker - all these fit - http://au.pcpartpicker.com/parts/cpu-cooler/?compatible...


I cannot fully trust them as I have seen people with some of the same motherboards and some of those coolers. They all said because of the vrm they didn't end up installing it or had to cut out pieces of the backplate which I cannot currently do.
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May 27, 2014 11:32:16 PM

There is definitely a chip on the back side. I wonder why it's there. Find something that uses the stock pins.
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May 27, 2014 11:35:32 PM

Using Google, I was unfortunately not able to find any, maybe some of these other fine gentlemen can help you :) 
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May 27, 2014 11:35:57 PM

4745454b said:
There is definitely a chip on the back side. I wonder why it's there. Find something that uses the stock pins.


The only cooler that I know fits for sure is the Noctua NH-L9a because it comes with its spacers. But I find its performance quite bad compared to its price. My 2nd option is the Coolermaster Hyper TX3 Evo but I am not sure if it fits on the FM2+ platform.
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May 27, 2014 11:59:35 PM

If it was me, I'd find a likely contender and a shop that stocked it. Then I'd phone the shop to see if I could bring in my mobo/cpu and test to see if it'll fit.
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May 28, 2014 12:12:19 AM

Daniel Byun said:
4745454b said:
There is definitely a chip on the back side. I wonder why it's there. Find something that uses the stock pins.


The only cooler that I know fits for sure is the Noctua NH-L9a because it comes with its spacers. But I find its performance quite bad compared to its price. My 2nd option is the Coolermaster Hyper TX3 Evo but I am not sure if it fits on the FM2+ platform.


+1 for the TX3, it installs using the same retaining clip as the stock cooler and fits the FM2+ platform (Source - installed one on a FM2 mobo a couple of weeks ago)
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May 28, 2014 12:25:42 AM

LucoTF said:
Daniel Byun said:
4745454b said:
There is definitely a chip on the back side. I wonder why it's there. Find something that uses the stock pins.


The only cooler that I know fits for sure is the Noctua NH-L9a because it comes with its spacers. But I find its performance quite bad compared to its price. My 2nd option is the Coolermaster Hyper TX3 Evo but I am not sure if it fits on the FM2+ platform.


+1 for the TX3, it installs using the same retaining clip as the stock cooler and fits the FM2+ platform (Source - installed one on a FM2 mobo a couple of weeks ago)


Hows the performance? Does it cool ok?
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May 28, 2014 12:33:14 AM

i7Baby said:
If it was me, I'd find a likely contender and a shop that stocked it. Then I'd phone the shop to see if I could bring in my mobo/cpu and test to see if it'll fit.


I think I might go with the CoolerMaster Hyper Tx3 Evo. Its cheap and it cools decently.
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May 28, 2014 12:55:17 AM

Daniel Byun said:
LucoTF said:
Daniel Byun said:
4745454b said:
There is definitely a chip on the back side. I wonder why it's there. Find something that uses the stock pins.


The only cooler that I know fits for sure is the Noctua NH-L9a because it comes with its spacers. But I find its performance quite bad compared to its price. My 2nd option is the Coolermaster Hyper TX3 Evo but I am not sure if it fits on the FM2+ platform.


+1 for the TX3, it installs using the same retaining clip as the stock cooler and fits the FM2+ platform (Source - installed one on a FM2 mobo a couple of weeks ago)


Hows the performance? Does it cool ok?


Yes, at stock speeds it's more than adequate. Motherboard CPU socket temps are 33° idle and 52-54° under load, AMD overdrive never dips below 30° under load. The hardest thing is getting an accurate reading, CPU package temps are still way off - like, 85° under load.
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