Gigabyte has recalled their new X79 motherboards because of overheating problems when overclocking. A new BIOS update was released to alleviate the overheating problem.
Harm Millaard wrote:
Gigabyte has recalled their new X79 motherboards because of overheating problems when overclocking.
Interesting. I tried to build a new system based on their X79-UD5 motherboard, and for the life of me I couldn't get it to POST into its BIOS setup. No amount of keyboard pressing (or smashing) would get me past the opening screen. I tried even swapped the motherboard with a new one (along with the 3930k chip, if you believe that).
That was the first system I ventured away from my usual stand-by of Asus. I thought Gigabyte had a good name, but it left a fairly bad taste in my mouth.
Toms Hardware now has an item about the issue complete with a picture of a toasted X79-UD3: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Gigabyte-MOSFET-G1.Assassin-2-GA-X79- UD3-GA-X79-UD5,14374.html
Thanks for this. I was going to build a new rig with the Gigabyte X79-UD7, but decided to go with ADK instead. Now that I think about it, I better call Eric Bowen at ADK to explain what I meant when I asked him to build me a smokin' machine! I'd hate for him to misunderstand and use one of the affected moboards in order to grant my request!
Thanks for the tip Harm! I've got a GA-X79-UD5 at the moment and it's been rock steady through all my stress testing so far (Only RAM OC'd). It's quite scary though - I chopped the heatpipe off the VRM sink to install a waterblock on the X79. I just hope heat was flowing from X79 to VRM sink, and not the other way round! Otherwise, perhaps I'm in for a nasty shock... No warranties now that my heatsink is cut in half
Looks like Gigabyte are only recalling the BIOS though, not admitting a hardware fault.