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Cooler Master Hyper 103 is a 92mm fan-based CPU air cooler so one would safely assume that it wouldn’t have any clearance issue. It stays true to that, but my concern is the universal backplate.
While there isn’t any issue in regards to Intel mounting holes, the AMD’s backplate mounting holes is way too close to one of the spring-loaded screws that secures the heatsink from the other side. With Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming GT, the single upper part of the heatsink covers the VRMs, the MOSFETs and another chip (for the older users, placed typically where Northbridge is usually placed). I am also a little concerned especially in the case of a certain mini-ITX motherboard that may have something that would potentially have a contact with the AMD mounts. With this motherboard, there’s a hairline size space between them, but I decided to tape the AMD bracket to ensure the space between it is maintained.
In any case, I feel that providing AMD backplate mounts with a CPU cooler is redundant. All AMD chipset motherboards are with a solid metal backplate (Or plastic backplate with metal threaded mounts, like how BIOSTAR did) that does the job even for a dual tower CPU coolers. The CPU cooler manufacturers simply need to provide the screws with the same threads, length and thickness.
Installing with this LGA bracket is a little different compared to the plastic variant that Cooler Master Hyper D92 uses. Once the backplate is mounted, you need to install the flat headed screws on the mounting holes and then slip in the plastic washer. The washer helps not only to keep the screws in place but also prevent the metal part of the backplate from touching the PCB of the motherboard.
Now, typically one will slip on the four pieces of spacers on all four sides so that the brackets will stay in place. Instead, the mounting screws has a groove where the brackets rest over it. Okay…
The brackets are installed on the two sides of the heatsink base with two pre-drilled and threaded holes with a couple of smaller size Phillips head flat screws. The overall experience of installing the mounting brackets is decent. I would have preferred the plastic in CM Hyper D92 variant whose only complaint I had was that the bracket’s heatsink mounting holes should have been threaded. This is a very light CPU cooler, which weighs in at 580 gms.
The CPU cooler only allows one fan to be installed. As you can see above, the CPU cooler is designed in a way that heatsink and the major part of the copper heatpipes are off-set from the center, but it doesn’t look when you clip the fans on it.
Irrespective of the mounting position, there’s plenty of clearance around, as one will expect to see in such CPU air coolers.
I am not sure why Cooler Master has a couple of labels on the fan’s wiring, with one of them voids the warranty if removed. It just doesn’t make any sense. But the plastic fan clips is good. Easy to remove. Easy to clip on.