i assembled my buddys core 2 duo system a year ago, and didnt like the plastic tabs intel used to connect the heatsink to the mobo. i assembled my core 2 duo last night, and am greatly disgusted by this design. it puts alot of pressure on the board, seems to me like it had a slight bow in it. i just dont get why they did this... maybe amd had a patent on their cpu heatsink design.. i loved the way my Athlon 64 used a metal plate on the back of the board... it spread out the pressure and gave me alot more confidence when clicking the pressure bar down into place. i was half worried i was gonna snap my board with this last intel... oh well, id rather use a poorly designed intel setup than a slow amd64 lol just a little rant, im curious to see other views about this.