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Processor and Socket
The Intel LGA processor package is a little bit different. As of this writing the LGA socket has been around for a couple of years and so far proved itself to the hardware community. AMD is even using the package on their high end Opteron processors. However when it was first released everyone did what they could to try and discredit the change saying it was un-necessary and fragile. In terms of necessity the new package helps Intel with warranty claims due to bent processor pins. We cannot speak to the frailty of the LGA system although we have yet to hear of any claims related to bent socket pins or any other related damage that was not due to improper use.
The purpose of this article is to illustrate the proper way to install a Core i7 LGA 1366 processor. Overall the process is really not difficult and once you understand the mechanics you'll be a pro in no time.
Let's start out with the parts.
For those of you familiar with the 775 socket type this processor will look very familiar, in fact aside from the higher pin count and larger overall size the 2 processors are virtually identical.
The socket is very unique and consists of 3 major parts.
The other 2 parts are the retention clip and latch that holds everything together.