GELID has created a new CPU protection bracket for AMD Ryzen processors that safely ensures your processor won't get yanked out of its socket when disconnecting your CPU cooler, and it costs just $1.50. The new bracket addresses a long-held problem with some AMD CPUs: Sometimes the bond of the thermal paste is strong enough that the CPU pops out of the socket when you remove your CPU cooler.
This isn't the first time we've seen a bracket like this; a version of this bracket has been on sale for months now in Asia, and it does the exact same thing: Protecting a Ryzen CPU from being ripped out of its socket when you remove the CPU cooler. GIELD is the first company to bring this bracket to the United States, and as you can see in the image below, the bracket completely surrounds AMD's AM4 processors to keep them firmly locked into the socket.
Fortunately, 'sticky' Ryzen chips usually aren't a huge problem. In fact, you can completely circumvent this problem by ensuring your thermal paste is warm before taking your CPU cooler off. This can be done by simply leaving the system on for a few minutes. Also, giving the cooler a slight twist as you remove it tends to solve the issue.
In the event your CPU cooler does get ripped out of its socket, that won't damage the CPU or motherboard. However, if you don't realize the CPU is still attached, you could damage the chip if you set the cooler down on a table or something else.
The bracket is perfectly optional, but it can give you some extra insurance to avoid a potentially costly mistake. The bracket works with all of Gelid's AM4 mounting kits and is available now.
As a veteran PC Builder, I want to emphasize how untrue this is. I ran Prime 95 for twenty minutes, with my fans completely disconnected. My Scythe Mugen was nice and warm. and my CPU STILL STUCK TO THE HEATSINK. I even did the push-down and twist method.
The reality is, by the time I unscrewed the heatsink, the suction pulled the CPU out of the socket. I had to pry it off with a knife. I was lucky, my CPU survived.
If the bracket isnt totally solid, has some give to it, when removing the heatsink the processor could pull up out of the socket partially then pop off, potentially crushing the half exposed pins on cooler re-install if the user didnt release the latch and reseat the processor first.
Probably also depends on which specific compound you use. The heating "trick" may work for some compound, but like yours in my experience it tends to stick regardless. I can usually get it of with the twist method but I don't understand why AMD hasn't done anything about this themselves.
In regards to the product itself, I could see a potential issue, although it may be negligible. Given the picture, this is mounted underneath the heat sinks motherboard brackets. This will alter the mounting pressure as it raises those brackets slightly off the motherboard. Though I don't know if it's enough to cause any noticeable difference.
since then, i have been releasing the cpu from the mobo and pulling it off as one and then removing the cpu from the heatsink. i don't trust it to not damage something if it happens again. like said above, then some dental floss or thin fishing line works great for breaking the seal. if i run across one of these to buy, i might actually try it out to see how it goes. but it better be a solid chunk of metal so the chip does not move around at all. if not, then it might not be any better than not having it.