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[PCGamesHardware] Skylake's Thinner PCB Flexes Under Load and Damages Pins

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[PCGamesHardware] Skylake Thinner PCB Flexes Under Load and Damages Pins

It's being reported that Intel's Skylake has had substrate failings causing a break in electrical connections through the silicon then through the pins which in turns damages the motherboard, according to a report from PCGameshardware.

This primarily affects pre-built systems where the bulkier heatsink adds pressure well above the lower tolerance of Intel's newest architecture - the issue being that Skylake requires larger coolers and one isn't provided as standard, substrate is thinner, and Intel's tolerances is for smaller heatsink not those you'd expect on 6600K/6700K. Advice to date is for stores to use alternative screws or seek alternative cooling in order to reduce the pressure on the CPU, or ship without the heatsink fitted. Systems pre-built with waterblocks aren't affected.

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Skylake (left) and Broadwell (right)

Scythe is the first company to come forward with an official statement with their findings, the rest were: EKL Alpenföhn, Noctua, EK Water Blocks, Arctic, Thermaltake, and Thermalright.

Advice for those with a Skylake CPU or for any future CPU to be careful in tightening screws too much and in taking extra care moving their PC. If in doubt or instructions aren't clear on this please contact the manufacturer of your cooler. I extend this advice by asking you take care when blocking your graphics card or adding aftermarket cooling or backplates.

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Interesting, but I didn't found any major problem installing the Noctua cooler on 6600K, people always need to take extra care doing this kind of operations, and if something went wront, RMA it, and pray for a replacement.

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