My i7 recently got burned (memory controller, I believe) and I have a matching scorch mark in the Mobo socket. I was wondering if the scorch in the socket is going to harm the mobo's performance (or possibly damage any future processors I put in). The pins do not seem to be disfigured, so I can't tell if the burn is only on the surface, or if there is potentially dangerous damage to the board itself.
Side note: The computer would run with the i7, but I would get BSODs and sometimes my computer would not recognize a stick of RAM. All ram passed Memtest individually and I've RMAd both the board and the RAM multiple times.
The mark itself is in the socket and I know for a fact that the processor itself was what burned it. I just don't know if the scorch has any lasting effect on the mobo, or if it will be ok to simply place a new processor in.
The "scorch"/ burned area of the circuit board has altered the electircal properties between the CPU pins. Most probable is a increased conductivity between pins - My advise, ditch the MB. Initial cause could have been that this was one of the sockets that had a defect. This was a while ago, but is an exact effect caused by this defect.