Clearing up the confusion around ASUS' LGA2011-3 OC sockets

Subject: General Tech | September 4, 2014 - 02:17 PM |
Tagged: X99, Haswell-E, asus

KitGuru got in touch with Intel to confirm that the ASUS OC Socket present on their X99 boards will not in any way void the warranty on the processor.  What ASUS has done is activate several pins which were only intended to be used by Intel when verifying that a chip is functioning properly.  The pins will allow overclockers to bump the default voltage of Haswell-E processors from their default of 1.2V all the way to 2.1V – 2.2V.  Running a processor at those voltages without proper cooling will not only likely void your warranty but also fry the chip so as always, overclock at your own risk ... and pleasure.

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"Asustek Computer on Wednesday clarified the situation with its custom LGA2011-3 O.C. sockets as well as warranty that covers Intel Corp.’s processors. The mainboard maker denied that Intel’s warranty does not cover chips used with O.C. sockets and stated that the sockets are absolutely safe to use. A new statement by Intel confirms Asus’ claims"

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Source: KitGuru

September 4, 2014 | 03:25 PM - Posted by H1tman_Actua1

Beware of those pins. they bend very easily and will void your warranty.

September 5, 2014 | 07:49 AM - Posted by bnjohanson

Exactly. Hence, what you need to do is gently lay the CPU package on the socket and "use your eye" to best align the pins so that the corners roughly appear to match. Then, use only a rubber mallet, (not heavy steel !) and quickly give the processor no more than two healthy hits and it should snap right into place with an audible "crunch".

Things ought to work nicely and fall right into place after that, if and only if, the aforementioned is followed to a, "t"...

September 5, 2014 | 12:41 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

If only there was a "like" button here! >.>

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