The controversy about the ASUS OC Socket for the X99 platform continues. Earlier this month Gigabyte showed off the X99-SOC Force LN2 motherboard (which still doesn't seem to be available anywhere) with a custom socket very similar to the ASUS OC Socket. Then the ASUS OC Socket started to lose its shine as reports hit the web about motherboards going up in smoke.
Now Gigabyte send out a message to members of the press to stress the dangers of using a custom socket. The motherboard maker claims it's best to use the Intel qualified LGA2011-3 socket and slams other motherboard makers for not informing users about any potential risks when using a socket that has not been certified or endorsed by Intel.
Here's Gigabyte's message:
According to recent media reports about certain vendor X99 motherboards burning and killing CPUs, GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards, would like to clarify the following points.
LGA2011-V3 for X99 Motherboards
GIGABYTE believes it is best to use the Intel qualified LGA2011-V3 CPU socket for X99 motherboard design and manufacturing to avoid any potential risk or damage to users’ CPUs or hardware.
Motherboard manufacturers have a responsibility to inform their users about any potential risks when using a socket that has not been officially certified or endorsed by Intel.
GIGABYTE X99 performance
So far GIGABYTE X99 motherboards continue to push performance boundaries by setting several new World Records using the Intel certified LGA2011-V3 socket.
GIGABYTE is confident in the performance and stability of the Intel X99 platform and we don’t believe rumors that the platform is the cause. Especially since these rumors possibly originated with the same motherboard manufacturers who are experiencing both media and end users having issues of their boards killing CPUs.
GIGABYTE has led the industry for motherboard innovation including quality, durability and performance since the introduction of the first GIGABYTE Ultra Durable motherboard in 2006. GIGABYTE continues to drive innovation today with unique features including technologies such as GIGABYTE AMP-UP audio, the industry’s first onboard DIY Audio solution.