Posted 13 June 2008 - 10:33 AM
The CPU is keyed so that it will only go in one way, if you look at the socket you will notice that at least one of the corners is missing at least one hole in the corner, this will orient you to a proper installation.
The CPU has a metal area in the middle of it, this is the heat spreader. There needs to be a small amount of thermal compound applied between the heat spreader and the heat sink. You will need to clean the surface of both the heat sink and heat spreader before applying the compound, you can use something like a credit card to scrape it clean and the finish with some isopropyl alcohol. You will only need very small amount of the thermal compound, about the size of a small grain of rice. The purpose of the thermal compound it to enhance the thermal convection between the heat spreader and the heat sink creating a molecular bond between the two surfaces. Arctic Silver is one of the most popular brands of thermal compound.
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