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I installed a brand-new ASUS M4A785-M last night and despite thinking the exact thought, "Don't let yourself hold it only by that heat sink," I did. When I did, it popped doh.gif.

More details follow these questions:
  • How bad is this?
  • Is there anything I should/can do now?

I am currently assuming the pop was the TIM separating between the HS and the NB chip. The HS seemed to give a little when it popped, but the pins holding the HS down (black caps, springs around them—I don't know their proper name—a little side help here, too?) seemed to keep it tight to the NB and examining it further, after I calmed down from freaking out about breaking my mobo, the connection seemed as tight as new.

I'm running this mobo right now since it's part of my only PC and the way I'm posting now. There is no apparent system instability.

Thanks.

-dx

Photo of my mobo with the CPU and CPU cooler installed, from last night. The NB heat sink is circled:

20110228_NBHSforOCN.jpg
Edited by dxdn - 3/3/11 at 2:00pm
    
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I have 2 of these motherboards, I've done the exact same thing with both of them. I just checked to make sure contact was still there, between the heatsink and nb, and push down a bit to make sure the springs were still forcing it down and they've been fine ever since.
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Thanks, Ruckol1, that's good to hear. I didn't expect to hear from someone with the exact same experiences! Right away after the pop I pushed the HS down on the NB (carefully!) and checked the mounts like you did and it all seemed firmly together and stayed that way by itself, so hopefully it's all okay, as in your experiences.

+Rep.

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No problem, I laughed when I saw this thread; Until I read it, I thought I was the only one to make a mistake like that tongue.gif, you do have the upper hand. I made it twice!
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If you think that's bad I've got 4 of the M4A785-M, 2 for my place and other two for friend and family and I've done it to 3 out of 4 of them lol. Never thought I'd admit that here on OCN.

You'd think a guy would learn after the first two right? lachen.gif
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Originally Posted by Ruckol1;12574312 
I have 2 of these motherboards, I've done the exact same thing with both of them. I just checked to make sure contact was still there, between the heatsink and nb, and push down a bit to make sure the springs were still forcing it down and they've been fine ever since.
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Originally Posted by The Sandman;12579022 
If you think that's bad I've got 4 of the M4A785-M, 2 for my place and other two for friend and family and I've done it to 3 out of 4 of them lol. Never thought I'd admit that here on OCN.

You'd think a guy would learn after the first two right? lachen.gif

Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone. Six out of seven between us? Wow. Looks like we three are the founding members of the ASUS M4A785-M Northbridge Heat Sink Mishandling (Awareness?) Society. biggrin.gif

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I've done it a few times with the puny heatsink on my old M3A redface.gif got a really bad habit of picking it up by the CPU heatsink though, luckily it's never done any harm tongue.gif
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Why don't mobo makers add handling tabs to their boards? Wouldn't it make sense? thinking.gif

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