New Intel Alder Lake accessory fixes bending, but there’s risk

Thermalright, a Taiwanese company focused on computer cooling solutions, has just come up with a solution to the problems prevalent in Intel Alder Lake processors: bending and warping.

The problem can potentially be solved by using Thermalright’s new bend correction framework. However, there’s no telling what using it might do to your warranty, so it could be risky.


While Intel Alder Lake processors are generally well-received, and many of them made it to our list of best processors, they can suffer from issues that could potentially affect heat. Users have reported that the integrated heat spreader (IHS) on their CPU bends or warps over time. This is caused by the pressure that the locking system on the LGA1700 socket applies to the chip.

It sounds scarier than it really is, or so it seems so far, but the more the IHS bends out of shape, the more likely it is that your CPU’s cooling efficiency will drop. This is due to the gap that will be created between the cooler and the CPU itself. While temperatures shouldn’t rise high enough to actually damage the chip, they can contribute to wear over time.

Thermalright’s anti-bend frame seems like a very simple solution to the bending problem on Intel CPUs. Called the Bending Corrector Frame for Alder Lake processors, it comes in red and silver and is made specifically for the LGA1700 socket. It’s made of aluminum and houses your chip, maintaining a tight fit against the motherboard. This should be enough to solve the bending problem.

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Intel acknowledged the problem in a statement to Tom’s Hardware earlier this month. While the company is aware of the issue, it doesn’t seem overly concerned as everything falls within the CPU’s specifications.

“We have not received reports of 12th Gen Intel Core processors operating outside of specifications due to changes in IHS. Our internal data indicates that the IHS on 12th generation desktop processors may have a slight deflection after installation in the socket. Such minor deflection is expected and does not cause the processor to operate outside of specifications,” Intel said in its statement.

Thermalright's plug-in for LGA1700 socket.Taobao

However, since Intel’s 12th generation processors are some of the favorites among gamers and other users who want to get the best possible performance out of their chip, many enthusiasts have decided to try to solve the problem themselves. Repairs included custom motherboard modifications or anti-bend bezels.

However, Intel disapproves of this, as shown by the rest of its statement: “We strongly discourage any modifications to the socket or independent loading mechanism. Such modifications would result in the processor operating outside of specifications and could void all product warranties.”

While Intel doesn’t seem to want its customers to try to solve the bending problem, several third-party companies are working on solutions similar to what Thermalright already offers at a very low price of just $6.

Unfortunately, there’s no telling if using this plug-in from Thermalright (first spotted by Cowcotland) will void the warranty, but all signs point to yes. The mod is also only available in China as of now, so people in other countries have to resort to native methods or simply respect Intel’s choice and not risk their warranty by modding the chip.

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