Intel Skylake CPU Bendgate: Here’s What CRYORIG Has To Say
Intel’s Skylake series of processors is built on the 14nm manufacturing process and utilizes a thinner wafer compared to the previous gen Haswell CPU which results in making the chip flex under high pressure air coolers. Well, there are no details about what high pressure could actually damage the CPU, but it is assumed to be due to hefty mounting hardware which exerts the pressure that could cause components to bend.
Recently, a number of cooler makers have released their official statements on the issue. Most manufacturers including Noctua, Arctic, Thermaltake and others have stressed that their coolers are fully compatible with Intel Skylake CPUs. The latest company to speak on the matter is Cryorig, who sent a fairly lengthy statement clarifying their position:
We at CRYORIG have the following information and statement to make, regarding the recent news and discussion regarding damaged PCB’s on Skylake CPU’s, which many in the industry believe is caused by abnormal heatsink mounting pressure during transportation of the PC system. First of all we want to assure users of CRYORIG products that currently no CRYORIG heatsinks have displayed this problem, either through media reports, third party sales channels or internal testing. CRYORIG heatsinks are fully compatible with socket 1151 processors, and follow specifications set forth by CPU manufacturers. But as a note of precaution we suggest users to lay their PC system flat (with the heatsink in a vertical position) whenever they are transporting their PC system.
Cryorig has however suggested a combination of two factors which may be the reason behind the bent/damaged PCB:
A) High mounting pressure from the CPU heatsink mounting system, with no flexibility in the system.
B) Increased directional force created by the weight of the heatsink and movement of the PC chassis.
In any case, the company claims that its heatsinks are totally safe thanks to their high tensile strength mounting systems.
In all, although caution should always be exhibited when transporting delicate electronics, we want our consumers to feel safe about their CRYORIG product. Our finely tuned mounting kits are safe to use. Moreover, stationary PC’s do not have anything to worry about either.
From the reasearch carried out so far, all failures have occurred during transportation, so it is advised to either remove the CPU cooler, or lay the system flat when moving the system.
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