Install processor 2023: Install AMD and Intel CPUs without pin breakage

When changing processors, good preparation, patience and precision are required. If you’re not careful, you risk a frustrating total loss. But don’t worry, broken contact pins (pins) or incorrectly installed processors will definitely not happen to you with the step-by-step instructions from COMPUTER BILD. Here we go!

The best processors

Ryzen 9 7950X


Core i9-13900K


AMD Ryzen 9 7900X


Core i9-12900K


Ryzen 9 5950X


Ryzen 9 5900X


Ryzen 7 7700X


Core i7-12700KF


Core i7-12700K


Ryzen 5 7600X


Complete list: The best processors

Install Intel CPU: Installation and assembly

The right preparation is the be-all and end-all: First, create a sufficiently large and well-lit work surface. Gather a screwdriver (preferably with a magnetic head) and optionally a lint-free cloth and an old credit card. These instructions deal with changing an Intel chip and installing the standard cooler included with “boxed” models.

Install Intel processor

Installing an Intel processor: This is how it works

Install AMD CPU: Installation and assembly

The same applies when replacing an AMD CPU: Nothing works without preparation. The most important difference between the AMD and Intel platforms: Instead of “push pins”, AMD has a standard clamp system with a screwable bracket and backplate (“backplate”), as known from voluminous third-party coolers. The following instructions therefore work for both cooler variants.

Install AMD processor

Installing an AMD processor: This is how it works

Still looking for a processor?

COMPUTER BILD regularly tests new processors from AMD and Intel. You can find the big CPU comparison test here, the fastest models in the list of the best (above)!

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