Some things should be cleared up. 1.) We do not know that he received the board this way from Gigabyte. He simply states that "upon arrival" there were burnt pins. However, he could have recieved it from another reviewer that tested it first, and the reviewer screwed up the pins. I know that when you review parts, they don't always come directly from the manufacturer. The manufacturer sends out the part to one person for review, then tells the reviewer where to send it when they are done. 2.) The reviewer posting about the problem has no idea what voltage was used, because he didn't burn the pins. Now, as for my own observations from the pictures, it seems at least one of the pins is actually broken off. So my guess would be that one of the previous reviewers were a little rough with removing and inserting the processor, and broke a few pins. This was still enough to make contact, but caused the arcing situation. Of course there is the other pin that isn't broken but is still burnt, but that can be caused by the extra stress of more power going through that one pin because the others are failing.