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How to remove the cooler from an Intel processor on a computer motherboard without damaging anything

Hi all! In this article I will tell you and show you how easily and safely you can remove a regular boxed cooler for an Intel family of processors. Many people have encountered this issue or are just about to.

In the photo there is a regular box cooler and a motherboard with an Intel processor, the example of which I tell and show everything. The photo shows a regular box cooler and a motherboard with an Intel processor, the example of which I tell and show everything

The cooler itself is held on by four clips, which are latched and tightly attached to the motherboard. This ensures a tight fit of the cooling radiator surface to the processor surface. And all the unevenness and air spaces are covered with thermal paste, which must be applied.

To disconnect the cooler, you only need “straight” hands, or you can additionally use a slotted (flat) screwdriver. The most important thing is accuracy.

It is necessary to turn each clip, I don’t remember exactly, it seems counterclockwise and slightly lift the upper part of the clip. We repeat this procedure on all four fasteners. You can use a screwdriver; there are small grooves in the upper part.

Here you can use a slotted (flat) screwdriver or similar tool to carefully rotate the clip. Here you can use a slotted (flat) screwdriver or similar tool to carefully rotate the clip.

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