Method for removing CPU fan

By aznn3rd ยท 14 replies
Feb 19, 2007
  1. Because I got a new motherboard, I need to transfer my current CPU and fan to the new motherboard. However, the bottom part of the fan/ heat sink:
    [​IMG] seems to be stuck to the motherboard. I was wondering if I should pry it out by force with a screwdriver or is there some better method of removal.
  2. KingCody

    KingCody TS Evangelist Posts: 992   +8

    are you referring to the heatsink itself or the mounting bracket?

    it sounds like you mean that the heatsink is "stuck" to the CPU, yet you show a picture of the motherboard mounting bracket?
  3. jb444

    jb444 TS Rookie Posts: 100

    I wouldnt prise anything from anywhere with a screwdriver - almost certainly there are some screws you have missed - some mounting brackets are secured from the rear side of the motherboard (god knows why).
    If you post a close up of your actual motherboard it would be easier to understand exactly what you mean.
  4. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 385

    That's called a mounting bracket and it is not to be removed from the mobo. Each mobo comes with its own mounting bracket (it's not part of the heatsink and processor, it's part of the motherboard).
  5. aznn3rd

    aznn3rd TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 112

    Is the motherboard supposed to come with a mounting bracket? Because the new one I got lacks one. My mounting bracket (my apolegies, I was a little confused with the terminology and called it the heat sink) seems to be stuck to the motherboard near the center. For example, I can use a screwdriver to push the four screwholes out, but the bracket wont budge at the center.
  6. fobsternd

    fobsternd TS Rookie

    How do I remove the brackets from the motherboard? Here is a picture to better explain my situation.


    As you can see, the silver bracket is hooked on to the black um...fastener? How do I pull the brackets outwards so they can be lifted up?
  7. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388

    Use a screwdriver or some thin tool to push down on that bracket. When you push it low enough it will pop out. But be warned, you will need to use an excessive amount of force.
  8. aznn3rd

    aznn3rd TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 112

    Was that an answer to my question, or this new guy?
  9. agi_shi

    agi_shi TS Rookie Posts: 385

    Either you or I ( :suspiciou ) are messing up our terminology. The (usually) black thing in your last picture is the mounting bracket. As far as I know, it stays on the motherboard and each motherboard that requires one should come with one.

    The heatsink is attached to the mounting bracket, as you can see. To unattach the heatsink use a flat-head screwdriver to press down on the metal part and then as you press down push it a bit outwards so it pops out. Refer to this picture:


    Wait a second, there's two people here? Sorry OP, didn't realize.

    Each motherboard I have seen comes with its own mounting bracket. According to a quick google search some come with one but require you to attach it by yourself. If it doesn't have a mounting bracket then you should buy one.

    Theres also the possibility that you got a motherboard with a different socket. Not all sockets require a separate mounting bracket. Make sure you got the same socket. For example, S A heatsinks attach to part of the socket itself. S AM2 heatsinks attach to a seperate mounting bracket.
  10. fobsternd

    fobsternd TS Rookie

    Thanks a lot for the method. I didnt realize it would be the same method to use as putting the heatsink fan in.
  11. aznn3rd

    aznn3rd TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 112

  12. aznn3rd

    aznn3rd TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 112

    Anyone? Please?
  13. alvdy

    alvdy TS Rookie Posts: 70

    Can you send a link for your old motherboard? Cheers, Allan.
  14. MetalX

    MetalX TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,388


    (extra words so it will let me post :D)
  15. aznn3rd

    aznn3rd TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 112

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