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Old 05-03-2012, 10:34 AM   #1
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Default Broken AM2 retension bracket

The AM2 CPU heatsink retention bracket on one of my motherboards (Asrock A780GMH/128M) broke. Its made by AMCO and is the kind of braket that uses pushpins rather than having a plate on back. I replaced the bracket with one from another board but it uses a plastic backplate. This would be fine except the blackplate rests on some traces on the back of the board which I would prefer didn't happen.

So, does anyone know where I can buy a replacement AM2 braket that uses pushpins rather than a backplate? I've done the mandatory google search but couldn't find the pushpin style. Anyone have better luck than me?

The holes on the spare bracket are too small to fit the pushpins and I'd rather not try drilling bigger holes or cutting a notch in the backplate (although I will if I must).
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:23 AM   #2
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Interesting that the other backplate is touching traces. Are you sure you don't have it mounted wrong ?? Maybe try rotating it 180. I know my Corsair H80 backplate for my 1155 board requires it to be mounted only one way so that it doesn't touch any traces.

I just replaced a 939 backplate (my second one with a broken lug on the 939 platform) and those are universal. I haven't done an AM2 yet, so I'd like to hear how this is resolved.
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I emailed Asrock tech support about a possible source. We'll see what they say (if anything).
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