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Hey guys,

I recently started a new build over the weekend and I came into a few problems. A major one being that the pins on the motherboard CPU socket became very bent after very careful installation of the CPU itself.

I noticed that the retention plate was extremely tight when trying the close it with the CPU in the socket, so much so that it actually dented the metal on the CPU.

I was just wondering if this is normal (I have never come across it in any builds I've worked with) and if I'm entitled to an exchange for a new one as it could have not been my fault that the pins were bent, but rather the tightness of the Motherboards retention plate putting to much pressure on them with a CPU.

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Thank you
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  1. Optimystix said:
    Hey guys,

    I recently started a new build over the weekend and I came into a few problems. A major one being that the pins on the motherboard CPU socket became very bent after very careful installation of the CPU itself.


    Are you absolutely sure that they're bent? They aren't completely straight.

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    I noticed that the retention plate was extremely tight when trying the close it with the CPU in the socket, so much so that it actually dented the metal on the CPU.


    It's normal. EDIT: If it's Intel.
  2. It is NOT normal to dent or bend ANYTHING inserting a CPU. They are known as ZIF sockets (Zero Insertion Force)
  3. scottiemedic, are you sure?

    http://i56.tinypic.com/29xf9n6.jpg

    See on the sides of the IHS, which are not important in spreading heat? They get dented all the time, and I'm pretty sure they're meant to.
  4. I have never bent one or seen one bent. Imagine the force needed to bend that metal and the pressure it transfers to the chip underneath. That's like using the chip itself (and the pins and the mobo socket) as the 'anvil' and the retention plate as a hammer (analogous). Energy or pressure applied to the top of the IHS has to transfer somewhere...
  5. It's how my 3570K is, and it works perfectly.
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    If it's working, great. I just have never seen it in 18 years of computer building (hobby, not pro). My 2500k gave mild resistance at best but not enough to bend the heat spreader, and same with my i3 2xxx before on the same mobo (Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3P). I personally would never do it, maybe the retention plate got misaligned as it came down causing it for you guys, but you'll never see me doing it. To each his own, and it's just 'IMO'.
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