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Intel Skylake CPUs reportedly bending under pressure from third-party coolers


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#1 JohnC_21

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Posted 04 December 2015 - 09:32 PM

Bendgate is back. But this time it’s not Apple that’s under the gun for flexible iPhones, but Intel for Skylake CPUs bending under pressure.

It appears that select third-party CPU air cooling systems are putting too much pressure on Skylake processors and sockets resulting in damage, as first reported by German-language site PC Games Hardware.

The problem appears to happen while shipping or moving a PC, when sudden shocks and other movement can put pressure on the mount point and bend the CPU, causing damage to the socket pins in the motherboard.

Skylake processors are noticeably thinner than their Broadwell predecessors thanks to a notably thinner substrate. Games Hardware suspects the problem is caused by that extra thinness, combined with the fact that many cooler makers didn’t see the need to adapt their designs for the new chip and its new LGA1151 socket

 

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Posted 04 December 2015 - 10:23 PM

 

Bendgate is back. But this time it’s not Apple that’s under the gun for flexible iPhones, but Intel for Skylake CPUs bending under pressure.

It appears that select third-party CPU air cooling systems are putting too much pressure on Skylake processors and sockets resulting in damage, as first reported by German-language site PC Games Hardware.

The problem appears to happen while shipping or moving a PC, when sudden shocks and other movement can put pressure on the mount point and bend the CPU, causing damage to the socket pins in the motherboard.

Skylake processors are noticeably thinner than their Broadwell predecessors thanks to a notably thinner substrate. Games Hardware suspects the problem is caused by that extra thinness, combined with the fact that many cooler makers didn’t see the need to adapt their designs for the new chip and its new LGA1151 socket

 

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Another issue is long video cards warping and bending under their own weight pressure over time. I pulled a few out that was bent considerably. That's definitely enough pressure to crack solder joints etc. Not to mention the pressure on the pcie slot. One card was so bad both the client and myself desided to drill a small hole and anchor it to the case chassis. it was bent like this.... (    I am not kidding. I should of took a picture you wouldn't believe it. It looked like it was ready to break in half.


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Posted 04 December 2015 - 10:34 PM

This is the first time I heard of a video card warping like this. I did some searching and some people actually had the card rip out the PCIe slot. I came across this solution on a search. Looks like a hydraulic jack.

 

http://www.techpowerup.com/125989/powercolor-announces-powerjack-graphics-card-support-accessory.html



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Posted 04 December 2015 - 10:40 PM

This is the first time I heard of a video card warping like this. I did some searching and some people actually had the card rip out the PCIe slot. I came across this solution on a search. Looks like a hydraulic jack.

 

http://www.techpowerup.com/125989/powercolor-announces-powerjack-graphics-card-support-accessory.html

Hmm interesting. Isn't it ridiculous you have to have a jack to support the video card? I just used a large gauge copper wire drilled a couple holes and anchored it. It didn't take much since the video card was just as wide as the motherboard and only a inch or two away from the HD moutning chassis. This video card was bent like a rocker.



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Posted 04 December 2015 - 10:50 PM

 

This is the first time I heard of a video card warping like this. I did some searching and some people actually had the card rip out the PCIe slot. I came across this solution on a search. Looks like a hydraulic jack.

 

http://www.techpowerup.com/125989/powercolor-announces-powerjack-graphics-card-support-accessory.html

Hmm interesting. Isn't it ridiculous you have to have a jack to support the video card? I just used a large gauge copper wire drilled a couple holes and anchored it. It didn't take much since the video card was just as wide as the motherboard and only a inch or two away from the HD moutning chassis. This video card was bent like a rocker.

 

Yeah, I think your cable solution is better. Even saw people use a wood dowel for support.  Check this PCIe slot

 

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Posted 04 December 2015 - 10:55 PM

Yep, that's what I was mainly afraid of. The link you gave to the jack device is nifty idea, but I had to Jerry rig something fast cause this video card looked like it was going to snap it's own spine. :lol:


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Posted 05 December 2015 - 03:04 PM

This didn't used to be a problem with the initial PCI slots, only the PCIe  generation.  So many board edge  contacts and a tiny margin for error in the slots.  I've repaired many connectors on otherwise lost causes and saved quite a few, but destroyed a few too.  MOBOs are expensive and the repairs are very tedious.  Extra supports are mounted with nylon standoffs that can even be hot glued in place.



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Posted 05 December 2015 - 11:34 PM

Having a 2 lb heatsink and 3 fans on it doesn't help much. :)






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