Can You Still Use An AMD AM4 Motherboard with a Missing Backplate/Bracket?

Found 24th May
I recently purchased a cheap (£35) AM4 motherboard on eBay (Asrock AB350M) for a new AM4 build I was doing. Got a nice 1800X and 16GB DDR4 to go along with it. However, the motherboard I received was missing pieces. It was missing the manual and driver disc but hardly matters with everything online these days, also the IO shield was missing, which I know is not essential as I have owned two PCs without them for years without issue. More worrying though was there was no board backplate or cooler mounts. If you look at say the board on Amazon:…5BY you can see there is a black mount above and below the CPU socket, which I believe also includes a back plate behind the CPU socket, well mine doesn’t have that part at all. To be fair it was listed as used, but no mention whatsoever was made of missing parts, so I don’t think I was being that unreasonable to expect it to be complete.

I contacted the seller of course, who didn’t seem overly bothered, but with some prompting did offer me a rather small partial refund.

I guess I should insist on returning it and buy a new one, but I am on a shoestring budget for this build and if I could make this work without the back plate, or even buy a black plate somewhere else, assuming they are of a standard size?, for a nominal amount and get some money back from the seller to cover it that would be my preference.

I have heard some coolers include their own backplate, would this negate my need to have the original motherboard one? I have ordered the Cooler Master Hyper 212 LED Turbo dual fan cooler as here:…YV/Could anyone tell me if that will mount to my board ok without the needing the original motherboard mounting brackets/backplate?

Any advice would be great.
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Depending on the cooler you use, you’d probably removed the CPU mount anyway to use the one supplied.
As you’re using an 1800X you’ll need a cooler anyway. What were you planning on using?
The only thing that makes sense is that likely the previous owner removed them for use with a specific coolers mounting brackets/ plates. You just have to make sure to ger a cooler that comes with the right bits, sorry i cant say if the one you linked does or not, but they exist.
Edited by: "catbeans" 24th May
I have the Hyper 212 and you do not need the backing board, as the cooler just uses the mounting holes to fix on, as long as the cooler is securely fixed to the CPU (with decent thermal paste in-between) then it will be fine.

this is what you get

Edited by: "MrSprkle" 24th May
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