112 - How to Install CPU Cooler

Installing a CPU Cooler correctly is important for keeping your computer cool and quiet. The processors generate a tremendous amount of heat. Without a CPU cooler, a processor would burn out in mere seconds. Some CPU Cooler come with a patch of heat sink compound pre-applied to the heat sink itself.

Mounting the CPU Cooler

Most air coolers for AMD processors use a simple clip/latching mechanism to secure the heat-sink assemblies to the socket. The installation process involves lowering the heat sink in place, latching two clips to the mounting bracket around the CPU socket, and firmly securing the heat sink with whatever locking mechanism is installed on the cooler, typically a lever with a cam or screws.

Some cooling assemblies use plastic clips that simply slide straight down over the processor and snap into place. These types of assemblies usually don't require any tools to install.

How to Install CPU Cooler

01 • Prepare and check your CPU cooler before installation

02 • Place the CPU cooler on top of the processor and make sure that the bracket is connected to the left side

03 • With both sides connected, close the lever to lock the CPU cooler into place

04 • Plug the CPU cooler fan power connector into the fan header on the board

05 • Now were done with CPU cooler installation

Don't forget to plug in the fan! In most cases, it will plug into a three-pin connector on the motherboard that is labeled "CPU Fan" in teensy-weensy letters. This is to allow the computer to control the fan speed based upon how hard the processor is working.


Never power up the PC without the CPU cooler attached! Coolers for modern processors will require some form of heat transfer material on the underside. This may be in the form of a small 'pad' about 1 or 2mm thick. This will help the heat to dissipate from the CPU core to the cooler.

Be sure to check the instructions that come with your cooler, as in some cases, a thin protective film will need to be removed prior to fitting the cooler to the CPU. Failure to do so will cause the CPU to overheat very quickly and destroy itself. If this pad is not present, it may be necessary to use a thermal paste.

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