Hi, I've just installed my Ryzen 1700 using the stock Wraith Spire Cooler. Neither the Cooler nor the CPU appeared to have a protective film attached prior to installation but I didn't look too closely to be honest.
Can anyone confirm? The Thermal Paste (TIM) appeared to be discoloured but I dabbed it with my finger gently and it left a small finger print, so it seems the cooler didn't have any protective film applied. Maybe the discolouration was due to the fact the CPU had been in storage for a while.
The CPU corners looked a little like there was a protective film starting to separate but the actual surface appeared to be bare metal. I just want to be sure I haven't installed it with a film in place. The Installation instructions make no reference to protective films that need to be removed prior to installation.
I haven't turned it on yet as I'm waiting on Memory and an M.2 NVME SSD.
Many thanks in advance!