Damaged LGA 1156 socket?

Hello. I sold the Asus P6T Deluxe and the guy traded in a brand new Asus P7P55D EVO.

However, after I bought the Intel Core i7 875k, I removed the socket protector and realized that the pins were all there, however, a few pins on the socket were a little bit 'pushed'

so I got a small scissor (the one girls use to remove the hairs), and bended the few pins back to the original position.

however, there was a small pin that was a little bit twisted, NOT BROKEN, but a bit pushed

the way I see it, as long as it makes contact, that's fine

So, I installed the chip, and it worked PERFECTLY

Here is a picture, just imagine this picture, imagine this is one of the small pins in the socket

I overclocked the Intel Core i7 875k to 4.1 Ghz, and it's running perfectly

Can somebody explain me when should I send a RMA?

I really think that if all the pins are there, and if all of them are making contact, I don't see a reason to replace or RMA it
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  1. rafarataneneces said:

    I overclocked the Intel Core i7 875k to 4.1 Ghz, and it's running perfectly

    Can somebody explain me when should I send a RMA?

    I really think that if all the pins are there, and if all of them are making contact, I don't see a reason to replace or RMA it

    I am not sure exactly what the question is. It sounds like the board and the socket work fine. Unless the pins still bother you I wouldn't RMA it.
  2. Well fist of all, I know freaking Intel will come up with a new CPU in 6 months, so in 6 months I want to sell this motherboard with the processor as a COMBO.

    I've read all over the internet and if 2 pins touch each other it can short circuit the CPU, and can kill it

    My question is, can this kill the VGA cards, Power Supply....?

    I hope it doesn't happens

    To be honest, I think this guy removed the socket protector, or maybe it was when I did it, I am not sure, but somehow, 2 pins were a little lower than what they should be

    the other pin was a little bent, I say 65% of the normal length of the pin (due to the pin being bent)

    I've read that if the pins are bent then the motherboard can give problems like

    not turning on
    random reboots

    anyway, my question is, if the pins are making contact, and I can run a Prime 95 test with all 8 threads running at 100%, I shouldn't have to worry right?

    What happens if there is a pin that is not making contact?

    Anyway, today I learned that I should NEVER EVER buy an Intel motherboard without checking the pins on the moment

    AMD motherboards are rock solid

    Intel is very fragile

    and I had no idea that these pins were so fragile

    but anyway, the way I see it, I unbended all of the pins, except one, which is now around 65% of the normal length of the pin

    but they are not broken, all the pins are there, and I guess all of them are making contact

    Other wise it wouldn't be broken

    Anyway, thanks for the suggestions

    My last question, I repeat, will be

    1) if 2 pins touch each other, I get a short circuit, CPU can die

    2) if 1 pin fails to make contact between the motherboard and the CPU, what are the consequences?
  3. I just read this:

    "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
  4. If it is working satisfactorily, I'd leave it alone.
  5. jsc said:
    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


    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
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