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Can I use an amd3 cooler on an am3+ cpu?

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June 13, 2014 3:02:54 AM

Hi there guys.
I have bought an AMD 4130 processor and a SilenX Effizio EFZ-80HA3 Tower cooler. On the internet site where I bought it, it says it is also for the am3+ socket, but on the cooler site, it says it is only for am3. I received all today, and noticed this, since, when I put the cooler on the cpu, I can see that not all the cpu is covered by the bottom of the cooler. 1 mm on two sides is still viewable. Now I wonder: Do I have to get another cooler, specifically for am3+, or can I still use this, if I see that the whole of the cpu has termal paste on it? Or will this end up being detrimental (which I highly expect to be) to the cpu?
Thank you guys.

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June 13, 2014 3:14:37 AM

They use the same fastening mechanism so it is compatible as well with AM3+ without an issue. That 1mm would be visible with an AM3 CPU as well since they use the same heat spreader and are the same physical size.
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June 13, 2014 3:44:01 AM

Oh! Thank you! :D  I didn't know both processors were the same size. Ok, I will use it then. Guess I still have to make sure that the remaining 1mm has to be covered in paste, right?
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June 13, 2014 3:59:31 AM

Not really most of the heat transfer is through the middle of the CPU heat spreader so if the bottom of the cooler is covered you are fine.
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