About 2 months ago my one year old Gigabyte motherboard fried. After checking around on the net I found this to be an issue with this motherboard around this time frame. Anyway, I am concerned that this bad motherboard may have taken my CPU as well as this damage took place near my CPU but not next to it. However, I will not know about this CPU damage for sure unless I put this processor in my new ASUS motherboard. After being without a new computer for this 2 months I am not in the mood for another RMA. I also got one of those newer, greener, lower powered processors but it is not as fast as my older power hungry processor that I got a year ago. So like everyone else out there I want faster but not if it means another RMA. So in your expert opinons out there, am I safe to try this processor in this new motherboard or should I brake the seal on the box and use the new lower power green processer. Opinions please and thank you.