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Gold is less reactive with atmospheric elements. Therefore its used in CPUs.
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Originally Posted by roflolol View Post
Seriously, I don't get it. Sure, silver corrodes, but given the fact that the silver will only be exposed to air for an extremely short time, and will then be kept virtually forever in a semi-anoxic environment, I don't get why microprocessor manufacturers aren't using the most electrically conductive metal available.

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I didn't know that CPU sockets were airtight.
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