The original thermal pads are still intact on the PCB (vrm and other components).
I have a 500mhz overclock on the ram.
I keep the blower fan at a 20-30% curve. I still feel air coming out the back io grill. I would say around 30-50% of the air still passes over the entire PCB plate.
If it's a worry for you, the open area can be covered easily.
For me, I believe the setup is adequate. The orignal heatsink didnt really do much for dissipating the vrm heat except block the air.