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Those running AMD processors will be happy to know that Thermalright hasn’t forgotten about the importance of mounting such a heavy heatsink. Four white feet provide cushioning to prevent chipping or cracking of the processor core. I personally have had my share of broken processors, and that becomes very expensive. These are only provided as replacements for those who have removed the rubber feet installed on an AMD processor. But where should one place them? Good question, as Thermalright heatsinks do not come with instruction manuals—something that makes me twitch. But the four dimples on the base of the heatsink are the locations for the cushions, and make for perfect alignment of your AMD processor.

Black Mounting Bracket?

Here’s a new and surprising piece of hardware introduced with this heatsink. It provides a whole new angle to motherboard mounting, but mostly works in the same manner as motherboard stud mounts.

The bracket is placed on the back of the motherboard and lined up with the motherboard mounts, to permit screws to hold it in place. Sound strange? I thought so, and I wasn’t quite sure on proper mounting method, either. There are two threaded holes on each corner of the bracket to accommodate AMD and Intel mounts. Also notice the black rubber pad located in the center of the bracket, as an extra protection from touching anything on the back of the board. But there was also an added protection piece, a clear plastic sheet cut to the same size as the mounting bracket. This is to prevent solder joints on the back of the motherboard from touching the bracket.

Most motherboard mounts provide studs with a nut on the rear of the board. The bracket obviates such mounts. Instead, the stud mounts are screwed into the holes on the bracket. Is it really needed, though? Not necessarily. Normal motherboard mounts are able to do the same thing, but because of the weight of this heatsink, it is better to use the bracket to reduce stress on the motherboard. Pretty ingenious!

As mentioned earlier, the SLK-947U can mount in two different ways. Provided are two P4 clamp mounts, if you prefer to use the pre-installed P4 motherboard mounting device. The clamps provide a very strong hold, appropriate to the weight of this thing.

AMD users will have to use the motherboard mounts. Because of the universal design of this heatsink, there is no room for the three-prong socket mounts. But as I mentioned earlier, this is a very heavy heatsink. Using a three-prong socket mount wouldn’t be very safe.

Looking over the mounting capabilities of the SLK-947U heatsink, you can’t help but wonder at the time and effort put out by the brains of this outfit. Thermalright definitely did some homework on mounting.




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