Easier way to remove and reinstall Intel stock CPU cooler?

Discussion in 'hardware' started by taytong888, Jan 21, 2012.

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  1. taytong888

    taytong888 Registered Member

    Mar 26, 2006

    I am looking for a better and easier way to remove and reinstall Intel stock CPU cooler, i.e. the push pin type. Removing it from the motherboard is hard enough, reinstalling is even harder because the plastic legs don't get pushed into the holes easily. Wondering why Intel engineers don't come up with a better design like those of AMD or other third-party manufacturers (OCZ, Scythe, etc.).

    Thanks in advance for your help.
  2. Bill_Bright

    Bill_Bright Registered Member

    Jun 29, 2007
    Nebraska, USA
    Heat sinks are big and heavy. If not securely held in place, especially with tower cases where the heatsink assembly "hangs" on the vertically oriented motherboard, the weight of the heavy heatsink can cause considerable stresses on the motherboard in the socket area - especially during bouncing transit. Since Intel has no control over the quality or strength of the motherboard materials used by the many motherboard makers, and also because removing the heatsink is not a common or frequently done task (typically never done, or done just once), convenience was not a priority.

    That said, not all Intel sockets or fan mounting procedures are the same. For us to give you better answer, we would need to know exactly which socket, CPU and motherboard you are talking about.
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