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Is the cooler mounting pressure part of the intel LGA1151 mechanism?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Just noticed that I was struggling to detect two sticks of memory on my 8700K during a maintenance session when I was just "hand-mounting" the CPU cooler.


However when i tried to actually mount the cooler (its actually a waterblock) with the screws and proper retention, then it detected the two sticks of memory just fine.


I didnt know if this was a thing or just my combination of board (z370-i) and particular CPU that needed a bit of pressure for all pins to make contact

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Sometimes it just "happens." :P I would run a mem test and stress the system out to see if it crashes or not.


CPU: Ryzen 5 3600x

MOBO: ASUS TUF Gaming X570 PLUS (Wi-Fi)

RAM: 32GB G.Skill Ripjaws @ 3600MHz

GPU: Zotac RTX 2080 Super (Mild OC - Still Testing)

STORAGE: 500GB Crucial MX500 M.2 (Boot Drive) / 500GB Crucial SATA / 2 HDDs

CASE: Dimas Tech EasyBench V3.0


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yes, socket pressure is important for all the pins to make proper contact.

Trash beauty:

CPU: Xeon X5550

GPU: RX 570 4GB (defective)

SSD: Fattydove Racing 240GB

HDD: WD Blue 320GB

Motherboard: HP Z400

Ram: 6x2GB DDR3 1066

PSU: Corsair TX650

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