"This is where a lot of the confusion is coming from. All the pins are contacting weather or not they make a dimple in the contact pad. This is why there isn't any stability issues. As I said before if there was no contact none of these computers would boot because the interfaces with the memory and GPUs would be totally hosed."
So, I think if one pin is a little bent, who cares
anyway, if the computer is unstable, it means it is not generating contact in some place, and then I'll have to RMA the motherboard
anyway, Asus is pretty good, so I have 3 years to return this puppy if it ever fails
Now, if it would be bent backwards, or side wise, it could create a short circuit, that would be nasty
If it is working satisfactorily, I'd leave it alone.
I just run Acronis True Image Home 2010 and created a backup of my Windows 7 partition, 32 GB in total with high compression
I think, there is a THEORY
the theory says
PUSH AND PULL
1) you can push, and try to re-arrange the pins, and it will work
2) if you pull, thinking that you are going to "un-twist" the pins, then you WILL damage the socket
one time I bought a GTX 470 that came with a mini HDMI to HDMI adapter
the cables were bent, so I tried to bend them again, and couldn't do it
the cable was starting to give signal problems, but I think that if I would have bent the cables back to their original position, then I would still be using that cable
maybe I needed to buy super glue to make sure the plastic wrap stays in it's position, but anyway, I decided to PULL
After pulling, man, it was IMPOSSIBLE to put those micro cords inside the adapter, just impossible, it was too tiny, the cable of course, never worked again
So, here is my theory
If you have a socket 1156 and some pins are bent, you can use a hair scissor, credit card... and try to put the pins in their original position
so that is what I did, except for one, which was bent, and I was unable to make it straight just as a new pin.
the only 'solution' was to PULL so that the wire can be totally flat, and then put it back again in the socket
so, the theory says, if you PULL the pins out of the socket, forget it, damaged motherboard
if you do your best to just arrange the pins in a way in which they make contact with the CPU, then that's ALL YOU NEED.
I've been running this computer at 4.1 Ghz for over 12 hours now, it works perfectly
for me it's like the stereo cables from the 90s. The RED AND BLACK cables, remember?
When those cables were a little bit twisted/bent, you can still hook them up to your stereo.
The rule was, as long as ALL those small threads are there, you can connect it, the length of the threads didn't mattered, the only thing that mattered was if ALL the cables were making contact
This is sort of the same
if a pin is a bit bent, that's fine
but if a pin is not attached to the socket in a stable, secure and tight way, then forget it, it won't make contact
so I hope my theory works
I did damaged the mini HDMI to HDMI cable, but I learned never ever to PULL again, especially with those ultra tiny cables that electronics have now a days