Intel may void your processors warranty if you do this

They are the fastest in gaming and for this reason they have received the praise of each other in the industry, but they get quite hot and that has been the main Achilles heel of the new Core 12. The physical design of each chip has been part of the problem, as the IHS sags in the center and allows for less than optimal contact.

But what does Intel think of all this? Is it a manufacturing defect and how can it be fixed?

Intel responds to criticism and explains the problems

In an interesting official statement, Intel gives its explanations regarding the temperature and design problems of its Core 12 processors. They will not surprise except for two very specific points that we will analyze later:

“We have not received any reports of 12th Gen Intel Core processors running out of spec due to integrated heat sink (IHS) changes. Our internal data shows that the IHS on 12th Gen desktop processors may have a slight deviation after installation on the socket.

Such minor deflection was expected and does not cause the processor to run out of spec. We strongly recommend that no modifications be made to the socket or the separate charging mechanism. Such modifications would result in the processor operating outside of specifications and may void any product warranty.”

This statement is given by the analyzes that have been made of both the processor and the socket of the Alder Lake architecture, where significant temperature improvements were shown at the time by adding a series of washers of different thickness to the screws of the processor anchoring system. , which changed its height and with this, theoretically, cooling was improved by having a larger contact surface.

Intel Core 12 and the guarantee of these processors

That is the maximum temperature without producing Throttling and since Intel assures that there are no problems in this regard and that everything is within the specifications as a manufacturer, it is to be hoped that this will never happen with the serial processor.

The reality is different, but there is also a highly debatable point to be addressed here, perhaps two to be more exact with what is described by Intel. First, modifying the motherboard’s socket or retention system could render the CPU unwarrantable. Demonstrable? Complicated at best, possible? It could be, but it would not be easy for them, so you have to be careful with it.

The second point would come from what Intel understands and defines as performance and above all, what is guaranteed when buying a processor. Currently the blues specify several frequencies, but legally they are only obliged to guarantee the base frequency, which dictates a lot in terms of Boost performance of course.


In other words, if there is Throttling due to temperature, it is due to a deficient cooling system on the part of the user and logically it reaches 100º C and the processor lowering its frequency is not a problem as such and is fully accepted by the brand and therefore the only possible solution would be to improve the dissipation system by investing more money in it and not using solutions that are cheap and could improve it. that we already have in a simple way.

Surprisingly, Intel makes no statement about the curvature that occurs in certain models of motherboards, usually low-end and even mid-range, in the socket area, which seems to have a clear excess pressure with certain dissipation systems that do not integrate an full braces to help mitigate this. In the long term we already know that this is detrimental to the integrity of the motherboard, so it is possible that we will soon have clarification of this problem from the ILMsomething that cooling manufacturers are dealing with with specific retention and support kits to try and prevent this, but is it safe and sufficient?

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