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Should be fine.
ASRock told me they would extend the warranty once I get the motherboard since I am "to much worried". I'll just have to send them a $10 cheque and my "motherboard number". I guess I should "dun worry be happy" and hope I don't get a DOA. I kind of doubt they will though, customer service reps are almost always wrong.
Edited by james_rich - 1/4/11 at 3:21pm
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I thought the same way for a while, but it's perfectly fine. Think about it. Only until a couple years ago did motherboards come solid polymer caps. From ~1990 - ~2007, all motherboards had solely electrolytic caps. It's fine. My Dell from 2002 has been running almost 24/7 for about 4 years now (as a server) and no problems at all.

And in addition, consumer boards from Dell/HP etc do not use all solid caps. In fact, most boards might have 4 solid caps around the CPU and maybe 25 electrolytics. It's not like you just ordered a turd.
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I ran an Asrock P43 motherboard for almost 2 years with a decent CPU overclock and it ran, well, solid As(a)rock.
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i would say get some little heatsinks for the mosfets/vregs if you are going to OC, other than that the board should do just fine
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By the way there is not "missing capacitors". Usually what happens is that if a company makes multiple motherboards of the same type (Ex AM3, MicroATX, 880G, X amount of Slots), then they will only manufacture one PCB for the entire line up.

Then, for example, your board has more electrolytics caps. But maybe on the higher end model, (that might use solid caps); They NEED to have extra capacitors there due to the characteristics of solid caps and how they are different from electrolytic.

Could also have to do with other things. Revisions of boards etc. My board has spots where capacitors are supposed to go, but are not populated. There is a version of my board which has electrolytics on it. So...in the electrolytics model, those places would be populated, while others might not be.
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ASRock told me they would extend the warranty once I get the motherboard since I am "to much worried". I'll just have to send them a $10 cheque and my "motherboard number". I guess I should "dun worry be happy" and hope I don't get a DOA. I kind of doubt they will though, customer service reps are almost always wrong.
Maybe you should just "send it back" and "get a refund" if you are "too worried about the motherboard." Or at least calm down the the quotations.

I have a computer with an ASrock motherboard in it (N68-s) and it has been going strong for over a year and a half. Don't expect too much out of budget boards, then again, don't expect too less. You're paying less for a board that supports less features and is less capable of more expensive models, but not exactly just a board that is going to explode and burn your house down because it was made poorly.

They're not hoping that if you're too cheap to buy something more expensive it means you probably don't have the money for a good lawyer in case your house detonates and takes half the block with it, they're just trying to offer people products without all the added features that they don't need and don't want to pay for.
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post #17 of 17
its cheap so dont push it,you only get out what you put in....
you pay for options,the basic boards are just garnished with goodies to make you stump up that little bit more.

if your that worried,leave it in your parents/siblings/friends place.....with a sprinkler system.

as for missing caps,goodies need power,no goodies,no caps.....or board revisions...there are lots of reasons why there are spaces,relax..it will have been tested.
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