Installation for the A50 is pretty self explanatory. You first need to make sure the mounting screws on the backplate are in the correct position for your CPU socket. There are three positions: LGA1366, LGA1156, and LGA 775. We used the LGA775 for this installation. A nice little tidbit of information that was included in the Quick Start Guide was the dimensions of the different socket types: LGA1366 (80x80mm), LGA1156 (75x75mm), and LGA775 (72x72mm).
Once you get the backplate attached to the motherboard (just simply slide it through the holes; no installation required. You can then apply a thin layer of the included thermal grease.
Then you must attach the mounting bracket to the cooler via four screws. You’ll need a smaller screwdriver for this.
Once that’s all done, you can then go ahead and line up the CPU cooler over the backplate posts and attach the four thumbscrews to secure the cooler to the motherboard. Make sure the concave side is pointed towards the right side of your motherboard. This is where you’ll be installing the fan. Installing it in this direction will allow the airflow to go over the heatsink and out the exhaust fan of the case.
You can now install the fan, but just simply pushing it onto the heatsink; it will snap into position. You’ll definitely want to wait until last to install the fan, because otherwise you’ll have difficulties trying to get everything else installed.
The Corsair A50 takes up minimal room once it’s installed.