With Alder lake, cooler factories should have upgrade and replenish their offer for air coolers. VRM heatsink interference with tower coolers shouldn't be an issue at all. I don't understand why there aren't new models to tackle this.
I'm wondering if overall performance is consequence how software applications is written. There could be that software can be written wiser to get better performance on the same CPU. Is there any development in that direction and not just the more E cores or regular cores on AMD?