These days, most suggest plopping the heatsink right down on high of that lump. Tightening the cooler’s retention mechanism will flatten the blob of compound, spreading it evenly between the CPU and heatsink. After the CPU is seated correctly, flip the metal body down onto the processor, and then slowly swing the lever back to its authentic place. Make positive the enamel at the finish of the body straddle the socket’s anchor screw. If every thing is lined up appropriately, slightly bit of pressure shall be required to hook the lever under the steel tab that locks the socket shut. To illustrate how the AMD and Intel sockets work, we’ve examples from each camp.