Processor Installation in an LGA1151 Socket


Install & Setup



This integration process for Intel® Boxed Processors is based on the LGA1151 desktop socket.

Note Desktop 8th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors continue to use the LGA1151 socket, but they need new Intel® 300 Series Chipset motherboards to deliver the rated performance. The processors aren't compatible with legacy platforms based on Intel® 200 Series Chipset and Intel® 100 Series Chipset motherboards.

Similarly, 7th and 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Desktop Processors aren't compatible with the new Intel® 300 Series Chipset motherboards.

​Installation process of the standard thermal solution

Refer to this article on how to install/reset the fan heatsink that comes with the Intel® Boxed Processor.

Installation process for Intel® Boxed Processors based on the LGA1151 Desktop Socket

During the processor installation process, make sure the processor is seated correctly in the socket before actuating the Independent Loading Mechanism (ILM) lever. Improper installation can damage your processor and make it inoperable.

To make sure the processor is seated correctly, check for the following:

  • Match the Pin 1 marker on the processor with the Pin 1 marker on the socket.
  • Make sure the processor notches align correctly with the socket keying features.
  • After the processor is seated in the socket, check that all four corner heights are level.

Failure to follow the installation procedures can lead to bending of the processor package corners when the Independent Loading Mechanism (ILM) lever is actuated. Do a visual inspection to confirm correct seating of the processor in the socket.

Watch this video on the pre-installation product handling tips to install processor in the LGA1151 socket:

Installation process for the Intel® Thermal Solution BXTS13X

The Intel® Thermal Solution BXTS13X supports all LGA115x sockets. If you're using any of these socket types, use the LGA1155/1156 setting on the bracket.

Watch the video on how to install the Intel® Thermal Solution BXTS13X liquid cooling thermal solution.

Related topics
How to Choose Thermal Solutions for Intel® Core™ Boxed Desktop  Processor
How to Apply Thermal Interface Material (TIM)
Intel® Processor Installation Support Center
How to Find Compatible Motherboards for Your Intel® Boxed Desktop Processor