I noticed a small crack (?) on the bottom of my CPU and I wondered if this could be a problem.
I gently patted it with a semi-damp Q-tip to confirm it was not dirt. It appears to be a crack that extends through 2 of the many gold plates on the bottom of the CPU. I hope this picture is clear enough. Image:
Is that a crack or a scratch? Its hard to tell from the picture. If it is a crack I would RMA it with them, its a visual defect that could be indicative of additional issues in the chip and you don't want to have those issues rear their ugly heads in a couple years when its no longer in warranty. As you said, that little chip is damned expensive so it would really suck for it to die an early death.
Wow, thank you for all the replies. It arrived like this. Aside from switching heatsinks, nothing I could have done would do that. It seems like somewhere in the manufacturing process these two strips were cut. Does anyone know what the purpose of all of those gold (copper?) plates?