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Beginners Guide: How To Install/Remove AMD Socket FM1 CPU and Heatsink

Beginners Guide: How To Install/Remove AMD Socket FM1 CPU and Heatsink - PCSTATS
Abstract: We thought we'd run off a quick DIY Guide illustrating the procedure for installing a socket FM1 AMD processor for the benefit of our readers. If you are planning on building a AMD based computer anytime soon, bookmark this PCSTATS Guide now.
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Connecting the Heatsink Fan Power Cable

Step 6: Find the motherboard fan header labelled CPU_FAN and connect the power connector from the heatsink fan to it. A 'fan header' is simply the male electrical pins and plastic bracket that hold the female fan cable connector in place on a motherboard.

Older 3-pin style fan power cables are compatible with newer four-pin PWM style fan power headers. The header is keyed so the 3-pin or 4-pin fan cable from your heatsink fan will only install one way.

If your heatsink fan has a 3-pin fan power cable and this leaves 1-pin remaining on the motherboard fan header, don't worry about it. With the older style of fan power cable that extra pin (the PWM-signal pin) isn't needed.

Consult your motherboard manual if you are unsure of the location of the CPU fan header. Ensure that the cable cannot become snagged in the fan blades and that no other power cords are obstructing the fan blades from freely rotating either. Your processor and heatsink are now correctly installed. Hook up the rest of your AMD Fusion socket FM1 computer system and try it out!

If you need to remove or upgrade the AMD socket FM1 processor, that procedure is covered next in this PCSTATS DIY Guide...

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Contents of Article: AMD A8-3850
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guide: How To Install/Remove AMD Socket FM1 CPU and Heatsink
 Pg 2.  Installing an FM1 Processor Safely
 Pg 3.  Inserting the socket FM1 CPU Correctly
 Pg 4.  Installing the Socket FM1 Heatsink
 Pg 5.  — Connecting the Heatsink Fan Power Cable
 Pg 6.  Uninstalling Socket FM1 Heatsinks and Processors Safely
 Pg 7.  Cleaning Thermal Compound

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