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Old 2nd June, 2010, 06:30 PM
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Back in the Socket A days, we used to hang massive heatsinks off three, or in some cases, even one plastic lug on either side of the socket. The manufacturers of those heatsinks are aware of the fact that CPU coolers are mounted vertically, and if you follow the instructions that come with it, you will not have any issues with damage to the motherboard.

With all current CPUs all having integrated heat spreaders on their surface, and motherboard makers aware of the coolers currently on the market, you really don't have to worry about it. Motherboards are actually a lot stronger than they look, especially when the proper mounting hardware is used correctly.
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