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Beginners Guide: How To Install / Remove an Intel Socket LGA2011 CPU

Beginners Guide: How To Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1366 CPU and Heatsink

Beginners Guide: How To Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1366 CPU and Heatsink - PCSTATS
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Abstract: We thought we'd run off a quick Beginners Guide illustrating the procedure for installing a socket 1366 CPU for the benefit of our readers. If you are planning on building a Intel based computer anytime soon, bookmark this PCSTATS Guide now!
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Intel accomplished a couple of noteworthy things with its Core i7 socket 1366 processor formfactor, the most noteworthy was integrating the memory controller directly onto the CPU die to substantially reduce the complexity of the motherboard. Major architectural changes were also brought about by the Intel Core i7 family of processors, but like the socket LGA775 Intel Core 2 Duo processors that preceded it, the Core i7 is a pinless chip. Removing the vulnerable and delicate interface pins from the bottom of a CPU make possible increasing pin densities that complex CPUs demand. It also increases the complexity and risk involved in installing one of the new socket LGA1366 processors into a motherboard.

Each Intel motherboard now has a CPU socket with very fragile little pins exposed to the world above. Touching these pins, or heaven forbid, dropping a CPU accidentally onto the exposed socket can easily damage it beyond repair.

Here at PCSTATS we've had our share of troubles with computer hardware, and received a good deal of questions from readers who aren't entirely confident they can install an Intel Core i7 CPU into a fresh motherboard, or upgrade one of these socket LGA1366 processors to a faster model. We thought we'd run off a quick Beginners Guide illustrating the procedure for installing a socket 1366 CPU for the benefit of our readers. If you are planning on building a Intel based computer anytime soon, bookmark this PCSTATS Beginners Guide.

Intel LGA 1366 processor and socket

As you probably know by now, Intel processors have no pins at all. Instead they merely have the electrical contacts where the pins (which are now built into the socket on the motherboard) will touch. While the lack of pins makes Core i7 socket 1366 and socket 1156 these chips much less fragile, the bottom of the processor should not be touched, as the gold contacts can be damaged by the oils on your fingers.

The correct way to hold a socket 1366 processor is by the edges so your fingers do not touch the delicate gold pads. This prevents you from accidentally shorting out the CPU with static electricity and it's actually the correct way to hold a circuit board. Always leave the black plastic protective chip carrier in place on the processor until you are ready to install it into a motherboard.

As you can see, the array of pins which connect the processor to the motherboard are now attached to the socket and they are very fragile and easily bent. All socket 1366 motherboards feature the metal shim (load plate) pictured below, which serves the dual purpose of locking down the processor once it is installed and protecting the pins from harm when it is not.

A protective plastic cover fits over the pins when no processor is present, hiding the pins completely. The lever secures the shim in place, holding the processor when it is installed.

It is extremely important that the processor be installed slowly, carefully and vertically into the socket, and removed the same way. Any careless handling will damage the pins, and may leave you with a useless motherboard.

PCSTATS will now describe the step by step process of installing one of these Intel socket 1366 Core i7 processors correctly. It's not the hardest thing in the world, but it pays to be careful and follow a predetermined set of steps...

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Contents of Article: Intel Core i7
 Pg 1.  — Beginners Guide: How To Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1366 CPU and Heatsink
 Pg 2.  Installing a Core i7 LGA 1366 Processor Safely
 Pg 3.  Inserting the socket 1366 CPU the right way
 Pg 4.  Locking the Processor in Position
 Pg 5.  Installing the CPU Heatsink Correctly
 Pg 6.  Removing Socket 1366 heatsinks and processors safely

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