View Full Version : Regarding about the issue with warping Intel Skylakes CPU and Heatinks

12-05-2015, 08:49 PM
(Sorry with my English in advance)
Good day, I'm an owner of the Phanteks PH-TC14PE installed on a Intel i7 6700K.

The problem is that I've read that some heatsinks are bending(warping) the sustrate of the Intel Skylake CPU's due the later being thinner than its predecessors. My big question is: Will the Intel Skylake CPU's be safe with a Phanteks cooler installed? I have to note that I do not to intend to ship or move regulary around the whole PC (with the Heatsink installed). Also, I've installed the PH-TC14PE correctly and without overtighting the screws.
Is there any official statement from Phanteks about this issue??

Some techsites talking about the issue:

DigitalTrends (http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/reports-suggest-skylake-cpus-easily-damaged-overtightened-heatsinks/)

Techspot (http://www.techspot.com/news/63039-third-party-heatsinks-bending-intel-skylake-processors.html)

PCGAMER (http://www.pcgamer.com/intel-skylake-cpus-are-bending-under-the-pressure-of-some-coolers/)

12-06-2015, 05:44 AM
It's a non-issue. Don't give it a second thought. Thousands of Skylake have been sold and are in use with all kinds of different coolers. The whole thing is a "Don't let the truth get in the way of making something out of nothing to get attention."

I'm running a 6700K and have mounted several different coolers on it so far .. including PH-TC14PE. I've had no problems. I also know several others with Skylake systems. None of them is having any problems. Well, on guy had his girlfriend leave him, but that as critical as damaging a new CPU. :D

It's not a "mounting method" issue, it's a "movement method" issue .. with one company reporting it while showing an image of only one instance of it happening.

In the first sentence of Scythe's news release they say:

" All coolers are in fact generally compatible with Skylake sockets, but it can in some cases result in damage to CPU and motherboard when the PC is exposed to stronger shocks (eg shipping or relocation). "

Nothing new in that statement. Especially the part about not not shipping with big coolers mounted to CPU and not banging a built system around when moving it.

Really, the best "proof" this is a non-issue is that the only company have "mounting issues" is Scythe .. while EKL Alpenföhn, Noctua, EK Water Blocks, Arctic, Thermaltake, Thermalright, Cooler Master, Prolimatech and Silence PC have all said their mounts are comparable.

And the only reason they are saying anything is because Scythe got a wild hair and made their statement.

Also, Intel says the 1151 PCB is rated for same load as other PCBs. Just because it's thinner does not mean it is weaker.