I am trying to mount a Zalman CNPS9500A cooler onto my core i7 cpu which is installed on an ASRock Extreme7 Gen 3 1155 motherboard. I have the CS58 adapter, which came with the cooler, but the bracket that secures the cooler to the adapter does not install properly. The length of the bracket is curved. To install this I would have to put undue force on the cpu, possibly damaging it. Is the bracket supposed to be curved or is this a defective piece?
Flipping the bracket so that the curve arcs over the the cpu does not work either. The bolts supplied are not long enough to thread through the adapter, not to mention that this method of install is contrary to how the instructions read.
Yes' that's what I mean when I say curved. I'm using the intel retention bracket, though, not the AMD clip.
In order to bolt both sides down and successfully secure my heatsink to my CPU I must first bolt down one side and then bend the other to the adapter to bolt that side down. But this doesn't feel right. I feel like its applying to much pressure to the cpu; I feel like the heatsink is crushing it. I am wondering if this amount of force is normal and required.
Here is one side bolted down...
meanwhile this is what the other side looks like...
This is my first build. I'm going solo on most of it. I just want to make sure I don't harm the CPU. Zalman's has been less than helpful.