The Thermalright AM5 Secure Frame is a product designed to enhance the mounting mechanism of AM5 sockets, commonly used in AMD’s latest CPU platforms. This frame is crafted from a block of aluminum alloy and is available in either black or red finishes. Its dimensions are 75 x 56 x 7.5mm, and it weighs about 45g, making it a relatively lightweight yet sturdy component for CPU mounting.
The primary purpose of the AM5 Secure Frame is to provide better contact between the CPU’s Integrated Heat Spreader (IHS) and the base plate of the CPU cooler. This enhanced contact is essential for optimal heat transfer and cooling efficiency. However, it’s important to note that while Thermalright’s similar product for the LGA 1700 socket was developed to address specific issues like CPU bending due to high tension, the AM5 socket does not have this problem. As a result, the AM5 Secure Frame appears to be more of a supplementary accessory for added convenience rather than a necessity for improving cooling performance.
Installation of the AM5 Secure Frame may present some challenges. Unlike Intel platforms where original screws can be reused, the AM5’s Socket Actuation Module (SAM) — the clamp holding the CPU into the LGA socket — has screws that are captive to the SAM and cannot be removed without causing damage. Therefore, finding suitable screws for the installation is necessary. The proper screw size for this purpose is reported to be #6-32.
In addition to its functional role, the AM5 Secure Frame also comes with some added benefits. It includes an L-shaped screwdriver and 2 grams of Thermalright’s TF7 thermal grease, enhancing the installation process and initial thermal performance. The frame is backed by a 6-year warranty, though it’s not specified what this warranty covers. While the frame might not be essential for all users, especially those not engaged in extreme overclocking, it does offer a degree of customization and potentially improved CPU mounting for those interested in fine-tuning their system.