Gigabyte addresses smoking X79 motherboards

Gigabyte Technology has addressed the issue affecting certain Gigabyte X79 motherboards making them prone to failure and fire.

The image of the Taiwanese motherboards manufacturer was tarnished earlier this month when a Taiwanese overclocker published a video on YouTube showing a Gigabyte X79-UD3 motherboard emitting smoke and then blowing a MOSFET during mild overclocking. At first many viewers thought it was just an accident but later other reports of smoking and exploding overclocked Gigabyte X79 motherboards showed up which prompted the manufacturer to start an investigation.

Indeed there’s a problem – the investigation has revealed a problem with four socket 2011 motherboards – the GA-X79-UD3, the GA-X79-UD5, the GA-X79-UD7 and the G1.Assassin 2. The problem is a combination of bad quality PWM components and a bad firmware and affects only the mentioned X79 motherboards while all other Gigabyte X79 models are free of the problem. Since then Gigabyte has released a quick fix in the form of a new BIOS that prevents burn outs by throttling the CPU when subjected to stress but this kills overclocking which is the main selling point of these expensive high-end motherboards.

Gigabyte GA-X79-UD7

However Gigabyte remains committed to its customers and fans and suggests affected users update their BIOS and if not satisfied exchange the faulty motherboards when new unaffected ones become available. In the meantime all affected models have been pulled out of the market.

In case you own one of the affected motherboards feel free to contact your local Gigabyte dealer and arrange an exchange.


Source: Tom’s Hardware

Related posts

PNY outs new solid-state drive lines

PNY outs new solid-state drive lines

PNY Technologies has unveiled several new solid-state drive lines that cover the entire SSD market when it comes to price and features. The PNY EP7000 Series is a high-performance line that targets enterprise environments and aims to meet hyperscale mega data center and cloud customer needs...

Samsung starts sales of the 24-inch S24C750P LED monitor

Samsung has started sales of its latest 7th generation monitor known as S24C750P. The new company product offers a 24-inch LED display at Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), a static contrast ratio of 3000:1, 5 ms of response time and viewing angles of 178 degrees (both horizontal and...

HTC announces two new smartphones

HTC announces two new smartphones

HTC has started the new 2015 year with the release of two new smartphones – the first being the budget-oriented Desire 320, while the second model is the HTC Desire 826. The main goal of the Desire 320 is to retire the Desire 310 model, which was released about a year ago. The new smartphone...

Leave a comment