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4.0 out of 5 stars Needed adjustment to prevent motherboard problems
This is a great product far better than the push-pin arrangement OEM Intel computers. Unfortunately and dissimilar to AMD retention bottom brackets there was no high temperature silicone covering the metal plate for the underside protection of the motherboard. I was able to add a fiber washers and deform the bottom plate to clear a few protruding pins on the...
Published on May 28, 2010 by MT

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2.0 out of 5 stars Top is plastic, bottom is metal.
This item for holding the Intel P4 processor cooling fan and heat sink in place is nothing more that just buying the plastic top. The 4 corner loops on the top plastic clips are what usually break from pressure and heat. This CPU fan retainer clip is nothing more than what comes with most motherboards, and the plastic loops will not last long in most instances. The...
Published on September 10, 2010 by B. Butler


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2.0 out of 5 stars Top is plastic, bottom is metal., September 10, 2010
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This review is from: CPU Fan Retainer Clips, Intel P4/478 Retainer (Personal Computers)
This item for holding the Intel P4 processor cooling fan and heat sink in place is nothing more that just buying the plastic top. The 4 corner loops on the top plastic clips are what usually break from pressure and heat. This CPU fan retainer clip is nothing more than what comes with most motherboards, and the plastic loops will not last long in most instances. The bottom (X look with the circle in the center) is metal and goes on the backside of the motherboard. I have a Asus MB that attaches all this with 4 screws, and it is not the problem. The problem is in the top with the cheap plastic corner loops where you connect the fan and heatsink, and the snap-on hold down brackets that come with the fan. A combination of the pressure and the heat around the processor causes the loops that hold the retaining clips on the top upper plastic bracket to break and fail. This upper bracket needs to be made of METAL to withstand the heat and stress when all is joined properly. This product comes with no instructions, and the seller (Cyberguys) in a phone discussion did not have a clue as to the install process. On the Asus motherboard screws are used instead of push-pins and really all that is needed is the upper bracket with the loops, but not made out of plastic, but METAL. There is another bracket available (NO. 161-0064)and it may be all metal, but after ordering the model I am reviewing, I thought it was all metal. I will be ordering a 161-0064 and hopefully the top portion will be metal and I can use it by itself to attach the metal hold down retainer clips that are supplied with the heat sink and cooling fan without using the X looking part that goes on the back of the motherboard. If you do use the X looking bracket that goes on the back side of the motherboard make sure it is not making contact with any solder joint on the back of the motherboard, as you may be buying a new computer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Needed adjustment to prevent motherboard problems, May 28, 2010
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This review is from: CPU Fan Retainer Clips, Intel P4/478 Retainer (Personal Computers)
This is a great product far better than the push-pin arrangement OEM Intel computers. Unfortunately and dissimilar to AMD retention bottom brackets there was no high temperature silicone covering the metal plate for the underside protection of the motherboard. I was able to add a fiber washers and deform the bottom plate to clear a few protruding pins on the motherboard.

I read another purchaser lost their motherboard, maybe they had protruding pins similar to the Motherboard I was recycling into a rapid Linux system...

The system is fine runs well and I checked to be certain I had adequate clearance on the motherboard tray before installing it in the computer case, this simple remedy insured the metal did not come into contact with the motherboard. I am certain in some instances there will not be enough clearance for some installations. A protective high temperature silicone covering would eliminate that potential problem and make this an outstanding product head and shoulders above the other retention systems... But the days of searching out and using a 478 sockets is finished except for repair & recycling computers, but any design like this for the 775 socket should look at a high temperature silicone protective covering for the metal plates used on the underside of motherboards...

Shipping was very quick...

MT
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good product but be check before ordering..., April 6, 2010
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The product is good but when I installed it, the bottom portion made contact with the CPU pins on the back side of the board. That caused the CPU to short and not work. Maybe my board is old. Just make a note of your board before ordering.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must if you buy the generic heat sink and fan, February 24, 2010
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W. Brown (Chattanooga, TN) - See all my reviews
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A must if you buy the generic heat sink and fan. This is metal, not plastic like comes original on most mother boards. Will stand the test of time and won't break or crack.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best socket 478 retainer., January 22, 2010
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This is the socket 478 retainer you should be using. The design is much sturdier than any I've seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Retainer for Aftermarket Coolers, March 28, 2009
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I bought this to put in my Dell Poweredge 400sc because Dell had put in a proprietary retainer, and I needed a stock cooler for my P4. What I like about this retainer compared to other normal 478 retainers is that it came with a back plate. Having that back plate makes it much more comfortable to put a heavy heatsink on your CPU. My brother's 478 retainer used push pins, while this one screws in. I prefer screws over push pins, even on the newer chip sockets, just because it helps the heatsink set on the CPU better. If you have a system that needs a 478 retainer, then this is the best buy for anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed, June 11, 2009
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Guitarguy (Southwest, USA) - See all my reviews
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I mistakenly thought all socket 478 CPU fans would come with the socket 478 base needed to attach to the MB, but was wrong. This product fit perfectly and was easy to install without disconnecting everything (Asus P4-800 MB). Rosewill fan was no problem to clip onto it. If you have a heavy fan you may want to go with this product, the crossbracing adds a lot of strength. Local electronics stores did not have this product.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The right stuff, October 7, 2010
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Richie (Barbados, Caribbean) - See all my reviews
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i ordered this bracket after identifying the problem(overheating) on my sister's old pc. she doesn't want to part with it and the original p4 bracket broke where the clips attach to it to keep the heatsink in place. her pc is up and running fine now and i had no problems installing the new bracket.
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5.0 out of 5 stars replacement, February 4, 2010
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i bought this as a replacement for my dell dimension 2400, i bought a heatsink that could not be applied with the stock bracket, so when i received this item, it was a solid replacement, not some flimsy half-manufactured piece of junk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does what is supposed to, February 2, 2010
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Not much to say except that this item does what it should do, that is replace an existing retaining clip that has broke or been damaged by heat and normal wear.
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