Upgrade or Repair your Computer with an LGA 1155 Heatsink

If you're building your own tower and just installed an LGA 1155 socket, you will want to keep it cool. A heatsink and fan made for this processor component will keep your machine performing at the right temperature. Upgrading or repairing your processor with a cooling system can prevent system failure.

What is an LGA1155 heatsink?

The LGA 1155 heatsink is a part made of either copper or aluminum that attaches to your LGA 1155 socket. Usually it works with your fan to keep your CPU working. The Land Grid Array (LGA) processing part you attach to it will then be able to communicate with the rest of your motherboard. The number 1155 refers to the amount of CPU pins used for controlling program data. The heatsink metal draws heat from your system, and the accompanying fan pulls heat from inside out a vent.

What features of the Socket LGA 1155 prevent processor overheating?

The heatsink and fan construction make up a majority of the ability to keep your CPU cool. An LGA 1155 cooler usually has these features:

  • Lubricated bearings: Many LGA heatsink fans work using either a liquid or sleeve bearing technology. These typically last about 25,000-30,000 hours, which is at least two to three years. This also depends on how much time you spend on your computer each day. Another bearing type are the ball bearings, which also could provide you with years of use if you keep them oiled.
  • Dual-fan systems: These types will pull air in from one end and then push it back out the other. This provides additional cooling of the processor along with sink heat conduction for helping you remove heat from your computer fast.
  • Heatpipes: These are an alternative to heatsinks or an addition to them. Having multiple pipes built into a CPU increases ability to control heat levels. These pipes are usually made of copper.
  • Adjustable fan speed: They typically run about 1300-2600 RPMs. Many of them respond to your system's temperature. If your machine heats up to above 70 degrees, the fan usually accelerates. When the temperature drops to below 60 degrees, the fan decelerates.

Where on a motherboard are heatsinks and fans installed?

They usually sit above the CPU and socket on the motherboard. You mount some types using screws or push pins and a bracket, and they typically connect using a 3- or 4-pin cable. Others you might be able to clip onto your CPU, or some soldering might be required to install them on the motherboard.

What processors work with LGA1155 heatsink and fan?

Intel makes a variety of CPUs that would take this kind of cooling part. LGA processors they are compatible with include the Intel Core i7, Core 2 Quad, and AMD FX. You could also use some LGA 1155 coolers with various Phenom and Athlon CPUs.