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Skylake CPU can get damaged from Cooler mounting pressure

Skylake CPU can get damaged from Cooler mounting pressure

Skylake CPU can get damaged from Cooler mounting pressure

Skylake CPU can get damaged from Cooler mounting pressure

 

Intel's Skylake CPUs use a thinner, weaker PCB on the bottom of the chip when compared to Haswell and other previous CPUs, making it more prone to damage by certain CPU coolers which can apply too much force to the CPU. Please note that the CPUs that have bent under pressure are standard Intel CPUs that ate not delided or otherwise modified. 

If a cooler places too much force on the CPU it can cause the components to bend, not only bending the CPU itself but the motherboard pins and the contacts beneath them due to force from the CPU coolers clamping mechanism.

Right now very few coolers have been found to damage Intel Skylake CPUs, with some coolers only causing damage when knocked or bumped when in a complete system during transit.

One thing to note here is that the majority of modern coolers will not cause damage to Intel's New Skylake CPUs, but it is recommended that you check on the manufacturers website to see if you cooler is compatible before building a new Skylake system.     

  Skylake CPU can get damaged from Cooler mounting pressure   

Below are statements from several manufacturers regarding their compatibility with Skylake CPUs.  

 

Statement from Scythe:

       The company Scythe EU GmbH announces that on several coolers from its portfolio, a change of the mounting system for Skylake / plinth is made 1151st All coolers are in fact generally compatible with Skylake sockets, but it can in some cases result in damage to CPU and motherboard when the PC is exposed to stronger shocks (eg shipping or relocation). To prevent this, the pressure was reduced by an adjustment of the screw set. We will send the new set of screws you also like to charge. Please send your request via email to [email protected] or use the contact form on our website.

 

Statement from Noctua:

      Our SecuFirm2 mounting systems are subjected to prior to the release of new platforms an extensive compatibility testing. It could be determined with reference to the Intel LGA1151 platform (“Skylake”) no problems. Also on the part of our customers and our specialist resellers and system integration partners we have no reports of any problems. Our SecuFirm2 mounting systems access (with the exception of some more compact models of the L-series) for generating the necessary contact pressure on coil springs back, which allow a certain degree of flexibility both in terms of tolerances in the height as well as the case of vibrations or other forces. Compared with conventional spring-less installation systems where pressure is produced exclusively by the deformation of the mounting brackets, so can reduce the mechanical load on the CPU, and motherboard socket and any damage can be prevented by excessive force. As the transportation of a system (eg by shipping service providers) acting forces but not reliably calculate or blank check, we recommend for security in general, cooler with a total weight of about 700g (incl. Fan) take before transporting.

 

Statement from EKWB:

       All EK Water Blocks EK-Supremacy Series CPU Water Blocks – Including the latest -MX and -EVO variants – are fully Complying with Intel Socket imposed H3 (LGA-1151) Mechanical force limitation. The clamping force, created by our PreciseMount spring loaded mounting mechanism, is well within the allowed mechanical limitations. The design of PreciseMount itself Prevents over-tightening and damage to mechnical Possible Either socket or the CPU packaging.

Older generation of (physically) compatible LGA-1151 Water Blocks with classic, undefined clamping ForceType mouting mechanism -: such as Supreme LTX – requires special attention When attaching the water block. As a result the use of search Waterblocks is not recommended with the LGA-1151 socket CPUs.

 

Statement from Silverstone:

      All current SilverStone CPU coolers are designed to Intel’s standard for CPU cooler mounting pressure.  However, we are currently double checking to see if our older models (released in 2012 or older) are still within Intel’s current CPU generation’s limit (each CPU generation may have different rated pressure and depending on socket design, they will also be different).  Since Skylake CPUs debut, we have not received any reports from SilverStone users or customers that our coolers have bended their CPUs.

 

Statement from ARCTIC: 

      We want to assure with this official statement that ARCTIC cooler not affected by these problems - and thus are fully Skylake compatible. 

 

Statement from Cooler Master:

       Cooler Master has been at the forefront of Cooling Technology since its inception. With the Cooler Master designed heat-sink technology in your coolers, you are getting the best standards of thermal cooler in the world. Every cooler we ship meets Cooler Master’s highest standards for providing incredible performance, regardless of the design or model.

We would like to reaffirm our commitment to all our fans and supporters that you can rest assured, all air and liquid cooling products from Cooler Master are not affected by the mounting issue.

For a complete list of Cooler Master compatible products for Intel socket LGA 1151 please click here 

 

Right now it is a minority of CPU coolers that have this problem with Intel's Skylake CPUs, but it is advised that you check your CPU coolers compatibility with Skylake with the manufacturer before building a new Skylake system, especially if you are reusing an older CPU cooler. 

 

You can join the discussion on Intel Skylake being damaged by the mounting system of certain CPU coolers on the OC3D Forums

 

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04-12-2015, 10:22:19

Arcanegrin
Hello,
As the title suggest i need to know because i just bought the gtx h100i and it was all compatible with my fx8350 but im currently pllanning to upgrade now this make me think of switching to 5820k rather than that of 6700k though skylake is more future proof! Please help me out.
Thank you!Quote

04-12-2015, 10:27:07

WYP
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Originally Posted by Arcanegrin View Post
Hello,
As the title suggest i need to know because i just bought the gtx h100i and it was all compatible with my fx8350 but im currently pllanning to upgrade now this make me think of switching to 5820k rather than that of 6700k though skylake is more future proof! Please help me out.
Thank you!
Ever since Skylake's launch we have been used a lot of Corsair's recent CPU coolers and have not ran into any issues.

This issue is restricted to very few CPU coolers and we have heard no reports of it affecting Corsair parts.Quote

04-12-2015, 10:29:43

Arcanegrin
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
Ever since Skylake's launch we have been used a lot of Corsair's recent CPU coolers and have not ran into any issues.

This issue is restricted to very few CPU coolers and we have heard no reports of it affecting Corsair parts.
Thankyou Quote

04-12-2015, 10:39:45

TPC
Only CPU coolers without retention springs are affected, in example the Scythe AshuraQuote

04-12-2015, 11:15:16

DreadaNdHollow
Just got a mail from scythe.

"Thank you very much for your inquiry and the interest in our items.

The newest intern test of our development department showed that only the Mugen 4, Mugen 4 PCGH-Edition and the Mugen Max be affected by the Skylake issue. All other of our coolers are not be affected by the Skylake issue and works very well with it. For this cooler is no additional screw set needed.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you very much for your patience!

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or require
further information.

Best regards,
Dirk Meier"
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