Accessories, Documentation, and Fit
The hardware kit included with the Prime is top notch and easy to use. They send you a tube of TIM along with the thumbscrews, LGA775 insert plate, mounting screws, AMD isolator stickers for the back plate, black plastic risers, and a bag with eight screws in it to use with the AMD mounting hardware.
The second half of the hardware kit includes four rubber fan mounts, the Intel mounting plates, the universal back plate, the "cross-bar", and part of the AMD mounting system.
Using the holes for the Intel mounting to pass through, you grab the eight screws and assemble the AMD mounting system as you see here. Doing it like this seems strange at first, but then you realize that you now have north and south as well as east and west orientations for AMD. No more does your cooler have to blow up at the top of your cases!
The instructions come all folded up and consist of a single sheet printed on both sides. I found it was very easy to follow the images. The text included is sufficient to get the Prime on both AMD and Intel sockets without any hassle.
With this set up for Intel, the black plastic spacers on the Intel legs are sufficient to isolate the plate from the board. To mount both AMD and Intel, it's just a matter of putting the mounting screws in the correct holes, and as you see in the AMD holes, it isn't completely circular to keep the screw from spinning. Don't forget, if you are using this for AMD; add the plastic stickers to isolate the back plate.
Once the back plate and screws are through the board, you install the black plastic risers and the appropriate hardware above it for either AMD or in this case, Intel. Once the top plates are on, you use the thumbscrews to lock the top mounting hardware onto the board.
With the Prime installed and read to go to work, I find that even though I lost the slot with the cooler assembled, at least if I was to use that slot. The cooler works fine with my configuration, but I do now there are people that like to fill all the memory slots.
It doesn't encroach on too much else on my motherboard. By this I mean that I can still get to the 8-pin EPS plug, memory and install expansion cards without any issues; at least for my configuration.
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