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Question Scythe Mugen on socket 1200 - CPU backplate install

lucky luciano

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Hi, long time lurker here!

I've got an MSI B460 Tomahawk motherboard and a Scythe Mugen 5 rev B cooler. On the box it says it's socket 1200 compatible as well.

But the backplate feet don't rest against the actual motherboard PCB, only 2 of the rubber pads reach it.
Instead it rests mostly on the silver backplate that came with the motherboard.

Is this a secure way of mounting it?
 

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damian101

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The socket backplate seems to be too thick for the cooler backplate. Or at least too thick for the rubber pads.
You could order a new cooler backplate and hope that it fits better. They should be quite cheap on AliExpress.
 

aigomorla

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Its fine...

The thing wont move because it has the 2 holes which are alligned with the bolts on the stock backplate.
Basically the stock backplate is what prevents the warpage of the cpu socket.
I honestly would not worry too much about it, unless you start to see a bowing on the board when you have secured the heat sink.
(basically the board starts to make a smile instead of being straight flat.)

If anything i would be more concerned about underside clearance.

But it seems like the scythe backplate is not in contact with any pins or can cause shorts, so i would not worry about it too much.
 
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UsandThem

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You could always grab a few cheap rubber washers at Home Depot/Lowes, and throw them on the two spots where the stock pads are too thin.
 

damian101

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As long as the rubber pads are pressed against your motherboard after you screw on the cooler I wouldn't be concerned. The only thing that will be damaged is the cooler backplate, by being bent a bit.
 

lucky luciano

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I ended up adding some 0.5mm thick strips of electric tape and then tightened everything.
I dunno if the temps are OK tho.
I've got 2x 140mm fans@800rm (intake) and 1x 120mm fan@1200 rpm(exhaust) and with CPU (Core i7-10700 non-K) stress testing in Linux(installed os is vmware esxi) I was getting temps about 75-77C, tho the room is at toasty 29C. It idled at about 35-40C.
 
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