M.2 Heatsink Issue MPG x570 gaming plus

jcnott6157c02de

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I can't install my m.2 heatsink over my m.2 ssd. There is one chrome standoff to the left of where the m.2 screws in that i am able to put one side of the heatsink into, but on the other side, there is a male threaded screw that centered the mobo while I put it in. Do i have to take the pc apart all over again just to remove this chassis guide screw?
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dvair

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What heatsink do you have? The one you have circled with the arrow is for use when using the longer M.2 drives. The only heatsinks I have used are the same size as the M.2 drives them selves and don't extend out past the drive.
 

jcnott6157c02de

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IT IS a long m.2 lightning heatsink. Its a long thin black piece with red markings and text on it. should i send a photo? Is this a necessary thing to have installed or should my WD sdd m.2 be fine?
 

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IT IS a long m.2 lightning heatsink. Its a long thin black piece with red markings and text on it. should i send a photo? Is this a necessary thing to have installed or should my WD sdd m.2 be fine?
M.2 will be fine but looks like your missing the Stand off for it to be screwed in to there is normal a gap in the Thermal pad on the heat shield for the head of the screw to fit into

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citay

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Let's look at your M.2 heatspreader construction in particular.

Video 1

At this point in the video, you can see how the heatspreader has two screws with springs pre-attached to the heatspreader.

Now looking at the board: Video 2

On the right side of the M.2 slot, the hole goes through to the standoff that's in your case. Normally you put a case screw in there, to mount the board to the case. But in this instance, you have to screw in a standoff (that goes into the standoff of your case). Then screw the M.2 heatspreader into those two standoffs that are on top of each other, basically.

On the left side, the heatspreader screw goes into the standoff that's on the board already.

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jcnott6157c02de

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So in essence, do i need to take my computer apart in order to remove the male threaded screw? There is no way to unscrew it from the top, only from the backwhere i cannot unfortunately get to with even the back case off
 

stormy1352

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So in essence, do i need to take my computer apart in order to remove the male threaded screw?
Sadly yes, especially if that is actually more like a guide pin and not a screw. Can't really tell from the pictures but it looks like a guide pin for the center hole instead of a stand-off that some cases have pre-installed on the back plate (my Fractal Design Define C is like that). The pictures above that citay posted from manual make perfect sense if the case has a stand off and screw, but not if it is a guide pin. With the way that heatsink attaches unfortunately that is one of those things that you have to know about before installing the motherboard in a case like that as the only way to use the heatsink is to remove the motherboard so you can swap the pin for a stand off, and then use the screw and heatsink standoff.
 
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