1.6.2 Installing the heatsink and fan Asus prime Asus M3A78

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1.6.2 

Installing the heatsink and fan

Ensure that you use only AMD-certified heatsink and fan assembly.

To install the CPU heatsink and fan:
1. 

Place the heatsink on top of the installed CPU, making sure that the heatsink fits 

properly on the retention module base.

•  The retention module base is already installed on the motherboard upon purchase. 
•  You do not have to remove the retention module base when installing the CPU or 

installing other motherboard components.

•  If you purchased a separate CPU heatsink and fan assembly, ensure that a Thermal 

Interface Material is properly applied to the CPU heatsink or CPU before you install the 

heatsink and fan assembly.

CPU Fan

CPU Heatsink

Retention bracket

Retention bracket lock

Retention Module Base

Your boxed CPU heatsink and fan assembly should come with installation instructions for 

the CPU, heatsink, and the retention mechanism. If the instructions in this section do not 

match the CPU documentation, follow the latter.

2. 

Attach one end of the retention bracket to the retention module base.

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