Complete non issue. I am sure you can come up with something better than that to put a touch of grey on the launch. Intel will be happy that you are following their guidance and taking their money.
It's clearly an issue... You are the worst kind of fanboy. If this were an Intel product, you'd be trashing it like it was the worst thing ever, and don't pretend you wouldn't. The media's job is to report what is going on and this happened, so I would be pissed if they DIDN'T report this.
and before you get all pissy and say I'm an intel fanboy or something, I have an 1800x pre-ordered and currently have an Intel i5 4690k that I got after returning an FX 6300(it was no better than my overclocked phenom...). I buy what best fits my needs(even though I don't really need an 1800x, but F it...)
I'd say minor oversight at best, the problem that Intel had with its heat sinks was actually much worse as it was causing crush issues with the processor. Intel fixed that problem swiftly and it was basically a non-issue. I'm sure AMD will have this issue sorted out before their processors even release. A backplate issue can be problematic to serious, but its something that is easily fixed. Shouldn't be anything to hamper the release of Ryzen.
If true, I hope it gets sorted out. Heat issues could leave this dead in the water. I won't be using a stock heatsink anyways. Odd though, Tom's said they don't get involved in the rumour mill leading up to release... I guess we'll find out in a few days.
As stated, this is only a minor issue because its one that is relatively easy to fix. Intel just had a very similar problem when it released Skylake. Intels' issues could actually cause the processor to be crushed, Intel quickly and quietly fixed the issue, AMD will do the same.
There is always that one guy that has to find something not to like about a potential amazing product. This is an issue I have had since 2001, it is not a new problem, just use your head when installing your CPU's cooling solution.