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http://i.imgur.com/T9DzNgS.jpg

Someone suggested I run ibt avx or whatever it was because it was better, computer shuts down. No blue screen, no errors.. ..nothing. look at the back of the board from the CPU cut out in the case and see little brown spots. Take the heatsink off and see the above picture. That mean they're dead?
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post #2 of 14
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Anyone use gigabyte rma before?
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post #3 of 14
It looks like the VRM heatsink wasn't very tight, as with a GA-970A-D3 incident the MOSFETs are actually totally fine but the board around it and connections have overheated.

This board isn't usually (and shouldn't be) known to do this... On the other hand, with an 8350 at 5.1Ghz at 1.5V and with IBT AVX the power intensiveness is very very high. It looks like it may be dead if you cannot power it up again. Have you tried?
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Ya I can power up but when it gets any heavy load it shuts back down. Not the boards fault, I pushed too hard


Been on hold waiting for someone to pick up for 6 minutes now....DOES ANYONE EVER ANSWER THESE PHONES!?
Edited by SpykeZ - 3/28/13 at 12:47pm
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post #5 of 14
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OK so I'm going to be sending the board back. I'm pretty sure they're just going to replace the VRM's, the question that's going through my mind is it going to be safe to overclock again? I mean the board has burn marks on it, does that compromise the board at all? If it does I should probably just buy a new board?
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post #6 of 14
You'll get a new or refurbished board back. They're not going to waste the labor involved in repairing it - precision soldering labor here in the US is probably 10x what it is in Taiwan.

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HAVE A REP YOU SEXY MAN YOU
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post #8 of 14
I had exactly the same thing happen. I was planning on watercooling in summer I didn't want to spend a load of time on a temporary overclock, so for the first and last time I hit 'Auto Tune'. Ten minutes later my comp did exactly the same thing as yours.
This happened about 3 or 4 weeks ago. I took it to the local store i purchased it from as for the first year they take care of RMAs and it saves me from paying shipping. After a few emails with Gigabyte over a week or two they were asked to send photos of the board and a week later Gigabyte wanted them to send the board and that's the last thing I heard.
It always takes a while, but I've been using it as an opportunity to play Baldurs Gate and Starlancer on my 98se rig, so I'm not totally without gaming.
I wish you the best of luck with yours!
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post #9 of 14
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Well holy crap that was a lot quicker than I thought. I looked in my RMA account and all the approved/repaired information was erased. I was about to snap then I looked up my RMA number, it's already been repaired and are getting read to ship it, taking into account it took a week for it to arrive to Gigabyte. I'm used to hearing about motherboard RMA's taking over a month. So...lets just hope it comes back looking pretty so I can sell it.

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How much are you willing to sell for?
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