High Pressure Coolers Could Damage Skylake CPUs According To Reports
Intel’s 6th generation of processors, Skylake, were launched only a few months ago and unlike some of the previous generations, they have everyone’s attention and a lot of people are looking to upgrade their system’s even if the current upgrade prices are very high. There are however some new reports emerging that might cause these people to rethink their plans.
According to PCGamesHardware, aftermarket CPU coolers that exhibit high amount of pressure to cool down the processor can damage the processor socket as well as the Skylake CPUs themselves.
One theory suggests this is due to Skylake’s reduced thickness which makes the CPU flex under pressure due to a lack of mechanical stability. Therefore, any cooler which adopts a hefty clamping force is capable of pushing the CPU into the socket and damaging both the motherboard and CPU pins.
However, the problem isn’t with all aftermarket coolers, or at least that’s what the companies are claiming when contacted. Scythe coolers while being compatible with Skylake can in some cases require new screws which the company is willing to send out to users who are interested. Arctic claims that all their coolers are fully compatible and won’t damage the processor or the motherboard.
While this is far from ideal and illustrates a major flaw in Intel’s production, cooler manufacturers should be able to complete thorough testing and judge the probability of damage occurring. Thankfully, many have released statements pretty quickly, and it remains to be seen how much force is actually needed to cause damage. Currently, it seems like the issue is only affecting coolers with a very heavy mount point or water blocks.
The Skylake series uses the new LGA 1151 socket and has an increased pin count while being built on the 14nm manufacturing process.