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How to install Intel 13th generation CPU?

It's much easier than you probably think it is, you can do it!

Updated: Nov 7, 2022 11:22 am
How to install a 13th gen cpu

It’s safe to say that Intel’s 13th Gen CPUs are a major success. We’re sure you’ve seen benchmarks and testing from various sources at this point. If not, it’s worth looking at it as the 13th Gen CPUs show quite the jump in performance, especially if you haven’t upgraded in a while. Here is our how to install Intel 13th generation CPU article.

Raptor Lake is a hot topic of discussion among the PC Hardware community. Of course, people are curious and have a multitude of questions. If you’re someone who just bought into Raptor Lake at launch, you might be wondering how to install your Intel 13th Gen CPU. 

If you have not upgraded your CPU in a while, that’s a valid question to ask. Especially considering that this is a new architecture, and is using a relatively newer socket. So, let’s help you install that brand new 13th Gen processor.

What’s New With Intel 13th Gen?

Intel’s 13th Gen processors build upon the same architecture and technology as the 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs. While Intel is still using the same 10nm ESF process for the new generation, the performance gains are substantial. 

This is because of higher core counts, more threads, faster clock speeds, increased L3 cache, and more. All of this results in a significant performance upgrade.

Here’s a look at the current launch lineup. 

  • Intel Core i9 13900K/KF – 24 cores (8 P-cores+16 E-cores), Up to 5.8GHz Turbo, 36MB L3 Cache, DDR5 Support, and Intel UHD 770 Graphics.

  • Intel Core i9 13700K/KF – 16 cores (8 P-cores+8 E-cores), Up to 5.4GHz Turbo, 30MB L3 Cache, DDR5 Support, and Intel UHD 770 Graphics.

  • Intel Core i9 13600K/KF – 14 cores (6 P-cores+8 E-cores), Up to 5.1GHz Turbo, 24MB L3 Cache, DDR5 Support, and Intel UHD 770 Graphics.

Note: The “KF” versions of all of these processors lack integrated graphics and are slightly cheaper. Apart from that, specs and performance remain the same.

How To Install Intel 13th Gen CPU

Now let’s figure out how to install an Intel 13th Gen CPU. If you’re upgrading to Raptor Lake, it’s likely been a while since you last touched your processor or took it out of the motherboard. 

Intel’s 13th Gen CPUs use the relatively new LGA1700 socket, which debuted with 12th Gen Alder Lake processors. Intel has added more pins to the socket, and the size/shape of the socket is different as well. The opening mechanism is slightly different as well, compared to generations before Alder Lake.

However, the basic process itself is the same. Follow these steps in order.

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How to install an Intel 13th generation CPU

This is how to install an Intel 13th generation CPU into a 600 or 700 series Intel motherboard

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Lift the CPU socket retention arm

Before installing the CPU we need to access the socket by pushing down the socket retention arm, pushing it out and to the right slightly to unhook it, and allowing it to rise. 571A0852 Edit

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Lift the CPU socket cover and holding plate

Now that the socket arm has been raised, you may lift up the socket cover and holding plate. The socket cover will open the opposite way the arm raised. 13th gen socket open

You do not have to remove the socket cover, it will pop off on it’s own later when we install the holding plate onto the CPU.

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Place the CPU into the socket

Now it is time to place the CPU into the socket. Be careful lowering the CPU into the socket and be careful not to drop it. You don’t want to damage the pins in the socket.

The CPU will only go in one way, on the top and bottom of the CPU face you will see two offset notches, line them up with the notches in the socket and place carefully. You do not need to press the CPU into the socket.

place CPU and line up notches

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Lower the holding plate onto the CPU

All you need to do now is lower the holding plate onto the CPU, press down slightly and the bulging IHS of the CPU will pop off the socket protector, remove and make sure the holding plate lays flat on top of the CPU.

Socket cover removed and CPU installed

Don’t discard the Socket protector, place it into your motherboard box and save it. If something goes wrong with your motherboard, a lot of motherboard manufacturers will not accept an RMA without the socket cover installed.

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Lower the CPU retention arm

Lower the CPU retention arm, ensuring the clasp overlaps the tab on the holding plate. Push down and reverse the steps you took to lift the arm. Once the arm is down and hooked the CPU is installed.

13th gen CPU installed

You will feel a lot of resistance when pushing the arm down, don’t worry this is normal. You’re not breaking anything.

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Admire your new, freshly installed CPU

Not a necessary step, but one that feels good, you may now install your CPU cooler onto your CPU.

completed CPU installation

Congratulations, you know now how to install an Intel 13th Gen CPU. Remember to store the CPU cover somewhere safe in case you ever need to claim your motherboard’s warranty. Now, go and enjoy your new build!

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