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Intel has released its top-end Xeon processor, the Xeon E7 v2 series, and with it the world's server makers have hurried a set of gleaming chassis out the door. As with any server launch, the processor here is the star – and with the Xeon E7 v2 going up to 15 cores and allowing access to up to 6TB of memory, it's set to be a red …

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"It has also added in "smart sockets" – sockets that stop butterfingered admins bending the pins on a chip."

Why would you try and install a brand new CPU yourself? And if you did, why would you bend any pins?

(Although I assume that the new Xeons are like the rest of Intel's chips and have the pins on the mobo, not the CPU)

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"Why would you try and install a brand new CPU yourself?

Because it's simple to do and contracting someone else to do it costs money.

And if you did, why would you bend any pins?"

There's a lot of butterfingers around. The LGA pins are easy to bend if you even just lay one CPU corner on top of the pins.

(Although I assume that the new Xeons are like the rest of Intel's chips and have the pins on the mobo, not the CPU)

Your assumption is correct.

Now, why is El Reg bringing up the whole HP smart socket thing? The smart socket installation system has been around 2 years - since Gen8 servers were released.

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