ASUS Z170 CPU Installation Tool

An overview of ASUS's CPU installation tool that they include with their Z170 motherboards, more information on

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  • MooTaters

    In my experience from looking at reviews, people often seem to claim bent pins upon arrival. How true it is, I can't say, but I've never bent a pin. I'd say you have to be rather foolhardy to bend pins, yes they're rather delicate, but not insanely so.

  • Mechanik 4K

    Oh my god use gloves you dumb ass.

  • lebolyon 69

    lol good to have some dust,oil of finger in gold pins.never touch pins of cpu even new cpu don't have pins like skylake cpu but plane contact but have or not never touch itu can use film on your finger or use bomb cleaner special componant electric/electronic to clean after you touched gold contact

  • 42icee

    Awesome...friend had me read reviews on this. I saw a bent pin once on a 486 cpu back in the day (yes the pins were on the cpu not MB back then). Haven’t seen one since. Touching the bottom of cpus nowadays with clean hands wont do a damn thing, just be gentle. Unless your building your unit on the carpet next to your air ionizer, damaging something from ESD is rare as most manufacturers include some ESD protection into the components. Just pay attention, as you should, when doing your build and have some common sense. Our engineers are always interested in chips acting funny due to ESD, but purposely have to cause a significant ESD to cause damage. If the useless tool (yes it is useless) tool is melting then you have other issues. For all those doing a first build...yeah a little nerve racking, but slow down, have some common sense, pay attention, be vigilant and enjoy every aspect of putting it all together.

  • Duckers

    HAHA xD Was talking with one on discord, and as the dude in the video pulls down the pin to lock the cpu, my buddy crunches on potato chips making it sound like the cpu pinds was all crunched xDEpic friggin timing! xD

  • Wallkar Wallkar

    Свистелка для раков.

  • Ramon Quiles

    if your a system builder and use this .. then your not a system builder :P

  • Kierowca Bombowca

    Use anti static gloves.

  • Ishant Sharma

    Are you nuts? I mean the guy is literally touching his fingers all over the cpu pins....spreading oils, dead skin particles and what not. You're a great pc builder I suppose.😂

  • Diego Garcia

    thanks for your video.

  • fireaza

    Wait, the tool stays attached? The instructions seem to suggest that it pops out when you push the bar back in place. I was confused, since it appeared like the tool was somehow able to pass though the lock like it's a ghost or something.

  • BryantCivica

    LMFAO... How do you mess up on a LGA... Must be ultra stupid. Just bought Ryzen and i thought i was going to bent a pin and those AMDs have pins that can bent easily!!

  • Mario Suriel

    "Who the hell uses that?" - Lyle from Bitwit

  • John Duffy

    I bought a Asus strix z270e mobo fitted the Intel backplate and plan on using corsair h115i to cool my cpu. my question is. is there something missing from my box as the CPU back plate can move around in the board slightly looks like it should have some kind of rubber washer between the board and the feet of the back plate can anyone confirm this or advise?

  • Blaze Laurence

    this is ridiculous. the tool does not automatically snap on and therefore forces the user to touch the bottom of the processor. Why is this serious question not addressed here? furthermore the LGA 2011 motherboards come with a processor installation tool that includes a small piece of plastic that is placed on the bottom of the processor to prevent the touching of it. Are those missing in LGA1151 motherboards? Mine is the Z170 Pro Gaming Aura

  • Chase Ryan

    I tried to use mine and it makes the tension arm way too difficult to press down. Like bending the motherboard... I havent attempted to do it with out the tool but I doubt that it would be that hard to press with out the tool... I am NOT using the tool. It seems like a great idea but on my first attempt it was the sketchiest thing ever.

  • Daniel55556

    I guess nobody knows about using gloves instead of bare hands...

  • Ethan DeFrance

    Okay so I touched the gold part bc I was following what he was doing without looking at comments. Will it be all good? I went ahead and manually installed my CPU already

  • Dildo Faggins

    Isn't it bad to press the pins like that? I'm new to PC building.

  • Rex Yoshimoto

    Not many hardware tech sites show how this is done. They just flop the cpu into the motherboard and clamp the booger in. Since I never used the installation tool myself, I wanted to see how this was done without reading the instructions (deliberately being illiterate). I was surprised to see the installation tool is left inside the cpu block. ? Duh. Anyway, thumbs up to you, bud. Thanks.

  • Dae

    so is the plastic thing nessesary for the build or can you just leave it out? i left mines in when i built mines cause i thought its how things are done nowadays

  • Vitaliy Gyrya

    ASUS illustration steps are so cryptic especially when it comes to the protective cover.

  • John Qsak

    People saying "DON'T Touch the pins/contacts" are probably the same people that lay the motherboard on top of the Anti-Static bag when putting the CPU in the board.... only the inside of the bag is anti-static, not the outside.

  • PetrocelliPete

    Make sure you apply lots of gooey and sticky hand cream lotion before pushing the gold contacts of your expensive CPU with your bare slimy hands. The extra grease will allow for easier removal and will double the CPU computing speed.

  • Daniel C

    I bought an i5 7600k and its not fitting, The box says its intel core approved and on newegg said compatable with i5'sI am not doing anything wrong can someone tell me

  • jared reich

    Dude u touched the gold contacts. You don't EVER touch the gold contacts on the CPU!

  • Me AndMe

    Common sense goes a long way people and when that fails, do some research before posting something that comes off as ignorant to those with the background to know better. The surface of the metallic pads you see on your CPU are already oxidized metal. This metal oxide skin layer is highly resistive (doesn't conduct electricity very well). Finger oil is non-conductive and non-corrosive, provided the oil isn't loaded up with other stuff from the environment. Wash your hands before, make sure they are dry, no big deal. Science facts, not myths. The tool is a money saver for both company and for the ones that damage their boards NOT knowing any better. They are researching the tool here for a reason. Don't spread myths and fallacies to them.

  • Steve Mack

    GOOD idea, especially given my recent efforts that may have damaged a board (or two)'s cpu pins !What ASUS SHOULD make clearer, is about how to click CPU into tool as you did also.Reason for my search was to double check that the tool remains in place with CPU (it does, as you show) Thanks :)

  • Serj Star

    do u have a link to this board

  • The Spear STL

    The GPU tool ENCOURAGES damaged CPUs

  • P.M. Sai Deep

    will touching the cpu on connecting side with bare hands will not ruin it??

  • Zack Tobin

    I think this makes things more complicated. Wont be using the tool as its not needed

  • Bob Bobberton

    thanks for posting the video, I did the install exactly as shown and it works. (although it took an amazing amount of pressure to secure the latch)

  • Sabakinno

    this plastic is very thin, wont it melt when cpu will be working at 80 degrees celsius?

  • Makla Bouhlel

    So the tool stays on the motherboard?

  • The UnderBrony

    Will a cpu with this installation tool work on same socket motherboards from other manufacturers?

  • Chuck Smith

    did you really touch the pins with your finger? for real man?

  • Octavio k

    Hello great video:I want to comment my experience:I have Strix z270e GAMING. And was horrible to make the installation of this mobo with this $%&/()= installation tool. First of all installation tool doesn't fit correctly in processor (And i push down to ensure that fits on it) so when i tried to install in the soquet this %&/() drop my processor on the ground. But before this, BIOS and video was not available, i search this problem and several people have no BIOS and no Video with Asus motherboards. Ok after several attempts and one problem (without take off processor) I remove cooler and processor and result was....Bent pins and WORST Burnt processor because bad contact with pins. PLEASE DON'T BUY ASUS MOTHERBOARDS WITH THIS "ADAPTER" you gonna throw up your money (I have i7-7700k)

  • envyyouu

    i have installed around 40 cpus in my life time without any tools and never had an issue. i used this tool on the weekend for two builds and it bent pins on my two motherboards how is that possible if its meant to stop it from happening?

  • okiPotemkin

    the verge brought me here

  • nambinhvu

    Oh, so it's for idiots. lol I was worried, because I've been building my customers PCs and tossing that thing. lol I didn't realize you leave that shit in there either. The socket already has two nubs that stick out to ensure you put it the right way...

  • Namdus

    very nice. I got the same mobo and the i5 6600k and I  overclocked it to 4.7ghz with  custom xspc water cooling of course. man this thing is flying. it has a higher single core performance over the i7 6600k

  • xColIcex

    Did Asus say anything about how hot the CPU can get before the tool melts?

  • Jeff Smith

    I have this motherboard and it is requiring A LOT OF FORCE to push the latch down I am scared to fully push it down how much force do you put on it?

  • ♫♪Ludwig van Beethoven♪♫

    touching bottom of cpu if you are not carrying static electricity is not going to do anything unless you have way dirty hands. Oil is not conductive you can see whole system working inside sea of oil. google mineral oil pc ;). other particles in your finger print that maybe conductive is also not enough to make short circuit or affect signals or anything. and plz stop making others worry.

  • Ryan Sokol

    I put condoms on my hands when using the cpu installation tool


    Hola yo no lo puse que puede pasar? gracias

  • Gunslinger 1

    the plastic peice melts don't do this

  • dgg 0004

    This "cpu installation tool" is absolutely unnecessary and aggravating to say the least! I installed it (per the manual) only to have the CPU fall completely out of its socket, onto my $1k 1080ti and then onto my tile floor! POS gimmick!! WTF Asus thought this was necessary is beyond me. Just install your CPU without it. You don't need it. Its a gimmick and can cause damage to your board, GRX card or chip!

  • F De Mascio

    I had to send my ASUS mobo back for warranty replacement & shipped the tool with the old mobo.New mobo did not come with the installation tool.ARG!

  • Scott Kimbrough

    Don't touch the pins!

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  • Andrew Richardson

    What kind of screwdriver is required to unscrew that six pointed star screw?

  • Branden's Outdoor Channel

    The Verge sent me here because they said I need this to figure out where the gold triangles are.

  • Justin Hart

    What about melting the tool that is now left in place?

  • Patrícia Barabásová

    When handling a CPU, do not touch the CPU contacts at any time. Place a CPU on the antistatic mat until you are ready to use it. Store CPUs in antistatic packaging. And so the install the CPU in the graf and packet tracer .

  • allnamesaretakenb4

    Did he just do that?? Anyways, aren't these kinds of installation "aids" only making a simple process more difficult? You might do as this guy did, touch the nono part of the CPU........

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