MSI has an answer for anyone still concerned about potentially damaging their Skylake CPUs with coolers that apply too much downward force. The company has just revealed a new bracket that will brace the corners of the CPU for higher pressure.
We recently ran a story covering the reports of bending Skylake CPUs. In it we posted statements that we received from various CPU cooler companies and Intel itself regarding the situation. The consensus from each of the companies that made a statement, with the exception of Scythe (which seems to be the only company affected) is that there is little to no danger of any CPU bending happening unless it happens during transport. MSI, it appears, wasn’t content with the majority and has a solution for others who feel the same.
MSI had already been developing the CPU GUARD 1151 as a brace for delidded CPUs. It’s designed to brace the corners of a cooling block or heatsink when cooling bare exposed CPU cores, but it can easily be used as additional support without removing the heatspreader from your processor.
MSI said the CPU GUARD 1151 can be used with Intel Xeon E3 V5, Celeron, Pentium and Core processors. The company did not say if it will support motherboards from other vendors.
Pricing and availability for the CPU GUARD 1151 have not yet been announced.
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