How to Install Ryzen CPU: The Complete Guide

How to Install Ryzen CPU, Ryzen from AMD is a processor that targets the server, desktop, workstation, and media center PC. AMD’s Ryzen models come with specific design features which help in making prognoses using localized networks, and ingenious data transfer.

The new AMD Ryzen processor based on the Zen architecture, aims to give gamers and regular desktop users quicker performance. 

The Ryzen processor is supported by new 1331-pin AM4 socket motherboards used by APU and FX variants in high-end systems. These motherboards support PCIe efGen3 and DDR4 RAM. 

The newest Ryzen processors have one of the best single-core and multi-core performances. They are very different from their Intel peers and other AMD processors. This makes them a perfect go-to option for their consumers. 

When you purchase your Ryzen processor, you may wonder how to install it to your CPU. This guide entails a step-by-step process on how to do this. So, let’s begin!

How to Install Ryzen Processors on CPU

Although this may sound technical, installing Ryzen processors to your CPU is quite easy once you know the right steps. We have divided the entire procedure into seven phases. 

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Gather the Required Parts

Ensure that you have all the important parts within arms reach before you begin the installation process. These components include the AMD processor, a motherboard, and a cooler.

You’ll also need some extra items like a screwdriver, 100% isopropyl alcohol, and a lint-free towel for cleaning in case you overuse your heat paste. When handling electricity-induced components, use an anti-static bag as an insulator. This is a safety precaution that you should observe throughout the entire procedure. 

Work on your Ryzen processor in a well-lit space or room for adequate lumination. Once you check these requirements, you can proceed to phase two. 

Disengage the Locking Mechanism 

The CPU socket is shielded by a cover with every AM5 motherboard. The cover automatically ejects when the CPU is fitted correctly. 

At the left latch on the CPU socket, carefully release and remove the retention bracket to reveal the LGA socket.

Align the Socket and Processor 

While aligning the socket and Ryzen processor, you must be extra careful. To do this, identify the two notches on either end of the AM5 socket and align the processor by those notches.

To avoid system breakdown, be careful while verifying the alignment as it needs to perfectly align with the CPU. 

Install the Ryzen CPU Processor

AMD processors have pins built directly into the silicon. Take extra caution when handling your processor to avoid damaging or breaking the pins as doing so will render the processor dysfunctional. Then follow the following steps to install the Ryzen CPU processor.

  1. Find the CPU socket on your motherboard, then raise the retention arm to be upright. 
  2. Remove the protective plastic insert from the motherboard socket if you are working on a new one.
  3. Place your CPU and inspect the underside. A golden rectangular port that looks like a dent in the motherboard’s socket should be visible on one side of the device. This port acts as a guide to inserting your Ryzen processor. 
  4. Ensure all pins fit into their respective ports when you carefully insert them into the socket. Do not apply force or pressure while fitting the ports. If it doesn’t fit, reposition and try installing the pins again. 
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Reinstall the Lock Mechanism

Once you’ve installed the Ryzen processor into the port, you must now reinstall the retention mechanism to keep hold of the processor on the motherboard. 

Place the lock in the plastic retention bracket. Once you have locked in the latch tightly, the plastic protection cover will be expelled. 

Users should store the protection cover in a secure location for future reference if they plan to sell or return their motherboard for an RMA.

Install a Cooler

Without a cooler, your Ryzen processor may not function for very long. Most AMD CPUs come with one, but you can also use a fluid (liquid or gaseous) aftermarket solution. 

Luckily, the Ryzen processor also comes with the Wraith Stealth cooler. However, you should ensure you can access the back of your motherboard when removing the backboard from your PC chassis.

Check if your cooler comes with a thermal paste. Ensure it’s in good condition and is free from dirt or dust. Note that when installing your cooler, the manufacturer logo should face upward. This is for cable control reasons. But this factor mostly depends on the nature of your motherboard. 

After you’ve placed the cooler, place the non-clamping side first before placing the clamp side. Make sure that your cooler is even, then, push down the lock to keep the cooler in place. 

Next, find the fan header and link it with the RGB or USB Cable to the motherboard. For extra guidance, read the motherboard user manual. 

Put Your Ryzen Processor to the Test

You should now install your Ryzen processor if you successfully completed the steps. Alternatively, turn on your computer to see if it boots into your preferred operating system.

To ensure that the CPU is adequately cooled, it is advised to employ a heat regulator like the AMD Ryzen Master or the HWInfo. If your CPU isn’t cooled properly, check the cooling system for loose screws or if the cooler isn’t mounted properly.


Ryzen processors are the best processors for your CPU. They give users, gamers, and regular desktop users quicker performance and optimization speed. The AMD Ryzen processors come in several varieties (Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7, Ryzen 9, and Ryzen Threadripper) which allows users to choose from them. 

If you have followed these steps, you should be able to successfully install your cooler and Ryzen processor.