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

Silicon Power Diamond D05 portable hard drive

A new external drive is coming to the market by Silicon Power, called D05 and featuring scratch resistant, metallic grain surface. The new 2.5-inch drive from company's Diamond series measures measures 124.8 x 75.8 x 13.6 mm and weighs 155g/205g (1TB). It offers USB3.0 connectivity, has a...

Phanteks debuts new Enthoo Pro M chassis

Phanteks debuts new Enthoo Pro M chassis

The maker of various PC cases Phanteks has announced an updated version of its Enthoo Pro M computer chassis. The new version comes with an acrylic window for one of the side panels and hence the case is called Enthoo Pro M Acrylic Window Edition. The main feature of the new PC case is the...

Auzentech i.Fuzen HP-1 Dual Headphone Amp & battery case for iPhone 4

Auzentech released an interesting protective case for the Apple's iPhone 4. The i.Fuzen HP-1 includes three functions in one device - it gives your iPhone 4 nearly double  battery life via its integrated 1650 mAh rechargeable lithium polymer battery with Smart protection circuit, which means...

Leave a comment