Step 2: Remove the Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor from its box and plastic
clam shell packaging. To take off the protective black plastic chip carrier cover, hold the
processor by its corners and release one of the plastic tabs. Be
careful not to touch the gold pads on the underside.
Now holding the processor
sides or corners, look at the bottom. Check for any damage or
foreign material on the contacts. Also note the two alignment notches on
either side of the processor (pictured below by the white arrows).
These notches are keyed to a pair of plastic extensions pictured below in the LGA1155 socket,
ensuring that the processor is oriented only one way.
Holding the processor by the sides without notches, orient the CPU so its notches are lined up with
the socket tabs correctly (white arrows). Lower the processor gently and vertically
down into the socket, ensuring that it is lowered straight and sits
Note the two spaces in the socket frame in the image below, this
is where your fingers should grip the Intel processor. The space allows you
to slowly and gently lower the CPU into the LGA1155 socket. The CPU
alignment notches are highlighted next to the white arrows.
It's advisable not to drop the CPU into place, as that may damage the fragile contact
The Intel processor should sit flat in the
LGA1155 socket, with the little gold triangle pointing away from the cam lever arm. If the CPU is not flush in the
socket, or the tabs are not aligned, remove the CPU and double check the
orientation once again. No force is required to get the CPU to sit flat, if you have force
it, something is not right.
Locking the CPU in place.