Four washers could help drop Intel Alder Lake CPU temps by up to 5°C

It has been reported that some Intel Alder Lake processors may run hotter than expected due to a slight bending of the processor and socket. But, if you get to your motherboard early enough, you may be able to prevent the bending from occurring in the first place with a simple fix. Doing so could result in your 12th Gen chip dropping a few celsius in operation, and you need only a handful of washers, a Torx T20 screwdriver bit, and a decently steady nerve to get it done.

Igor’s Lab reports that by following this method, first noted by overclocker Buildzoid, it managed to reduce Core i9 12900K temperatures by up to 5°C under load in Prime95. That’s nothing to be sniffed at, as that sort of reduction in temperature could make for a much happier, quieter PC build over time.

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