Wow, I guess they just let any old idiot comment on here.
While "CPU pads", may not be the exact terminology for it, it doesn't take a stretch of the imagination to understand what I'm referring to if you've seen an i7-2600k CPU before AND I guess you haven't.
On the bottom of the CPU, where the pins would normally be, there are now gold contact points.
But I'm sure you still have no idea what I'm talking about so just move on.
Will continued used of this defective socket distroy my CPU?
Is there a good chance that Gigabyte will replace the CPU if it gets killed because of it?
You should contact Gigabyte about the problem and ask them if you should continue to use the motherboard or RMA it.
Continued use isn't recommended. The burn marks are caused by arcing because the spring loaded pins in the socket that carry the power to the CPU are not making proper contact with the land pads on the CPU.