Intel Skylake CPUs, it appears, are not fully supporting third-party cooling systems. There are cases in which Skylake CPUs are reportedly bending or even breaking in some cases, according to a report from German tech website Games Hardware (via ArsTechnica).
Third-party coolers may harm Skylake PC
For the average user, using the default cooler for their PC is good enough, but for developers and game enthusiasts, the default cooler may not meet their needs. However, this claim from the German site will come in handy for them, especially for users planning to assemble a new PC with Intel’s Skylake CPU.
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The bending and breaking of the Intel CPU is apparently due to the substrate used in building the Skylake. The substrate has been found to be thinner than the ones used in earlier chips. This is in no way a fault on Intel’s side, but considering that the cooling systems were made to be used with a thicker CPU, it has resulted in bending and breaking for some users.
As of now, the issue appears to be affecting only a few users as many PC vendors have yet to report any such issues with Intel Skylake PCs. However, to prevent any such occurrences, owners of Skylake PCs may consider investing in a Skylake-compatible cooler.
Unclear PC future holding Intel stock
This year has been slow for Intel in terms of its stock. In January, the chip maker’s stock was trading at around $35, and now close to the year’s end, the price is still hovering around the same level. A sharp drop in the stock was seen in January, March and June, primarily due to unfavorable announcements connected to PC sales. All such announcements from the chip maker were coated with a sweetener that PC sales would receive a boost from the launch of Windows 10 and Skylake.
The rebound in Intel’s stock from $25 in August to current levels is based on the expected rise in PC sales and robust growth in the DCG and the non-volatile memory segment. Consistent positive news in the DCG growth in cloud computing, high performance computing and network virtualization has also made investors somewhat confident on the stock. Lack of clarity in PC sales appears to be the only thing holding back Intel stock.
On Monday, Intel shares closed up 0.14% at $34.99. Year to date, the stock is down by almost 4%, while in the last one month, it is up by over 3%.