AMD’s new Ryzen CPUs are randomly burning out – here’s everything we know

A close-up of a damaged Ryzen CPU showing a burned, distorted patch on the underside.

In the event you’ve bought one in every of AMD’s newest gaming processors, just like the mighty Ryzen 9 7950X3D or any of its extra reasonably priced brethren, you may wish to assume twice about overclocking it. Stories of the chips burning out – seemingly at random – have been bobbing up throughout the web.

The affected chips fairly actually burn out: overheating and increasing dangerously to the purpose the place they not solely break, however have additionally broken the motherboards they’re seated in.