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Saturday, October 8, 2022
It cools well, much better than stock AMD HSF included with a Ryzen CPU.
The mounting bracket is a Rube Goldberg contraption. There are NINETEEN PARTS that have to be assembled together to create the mounting bracket for AM2/3/4. It looks like FIFTEEN PARTS for Intel sockets. First you assemble(!) the bottom plate (which is not even metal, it's flexible plastic). The bottom plate has nine parts. Then you build this sort of raised dual bridge system above the board. The bridge contraption has ten parts. Then you screw the heatsink into the bridge. The screws to atttach the heatsink have really strong captive springs, so there is a lot of force involved to do this. Don't slip, you might damage your mobo! The torques this scheme induces around the mobo HSF mounting holes must be substantial. It's installed and unlikely to be removed for years, so whatever. If I'd known about the mounting thing I'd have spent the extra five bucks for the Black version.
Spend the extra five bucks for the Black version.