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Well I think I did a first here (according to xd_1771) my ASRock 880G Extreme3 mobo took a nose dive on me yesterday. I was playing around with an OC and had to keep bumping my voltage to try and get the 4.0GHz stable.... I made it to the 1.5V mark (which was going to be my limit!). I got Windows loaded and started to run a stability test from AMD OD.... Everything went dead about 5 seconds into it. I started basic troubleshooting. Removed RAM, tried on all 4 slots.... removed GPU... still nothing... I moved the rig to my kitchen table and tried booting it from direct power and not my surge protector... I heard a pop, a fizzle, and smelt burnt electronics. I took everything out of my case.... PSU first to see if that smelled (it didn't)... took off the WC loop... it smelt fine... then popped out the Mobo... the board looked perfect. No popped caps, no burn marks. Then I smelled near the mofsets and I found the source of the smell. I flipped out... then I thought I would try something. I put the 24-pin back in and fired it up.... it stayed on this time.... put back in the 8-pin and would not fire up at all.... Currently I have ordered another board and am getting a refund on the ASRock. I am blaming this to a normal manufacturing error as I don't think it's the company making a bad design... think I just got the faulty one.
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Seems like you got a dud.

Did you like the board's features though? I guess you'd like it a lot better if it didn't pop on you
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Hmm... Power phases strike again?

But this board should have more than enough... Unlike the 4+1's on the MSI boards..
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Yeah the board was awesome until it went pop.... I'm blaming defect in the board build and not the design.... it was amazing when it worked.... I started noticing weird things happening on the OS that I attribute to the board before it went pop.... Sometimes when installing a program it would stop responding... then kick back in and the program was almost done... At first I thought it was the OS so I reinstalled.... If the same happens on the new board then I'll have the CPU replaced. Hopefully the board protected it when it went pop.... only time will tell.
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If the same thing happens with the freeze, I'd look at the memory first. That's usually the cause of most computer freezes, aside from the OS itself.
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I knew ASRock's cheapness would bite someone hard in the rear someday. I just knew it. But the worst part is this is an 8+2 phase.
I don't usually recommend ASRock due to availability of better choices, but this might just throw me off them altogether, forever.
I see ASRock becoming the next big MSI this year with their AM3+ boards that look to have extremely cheap VRMs

On the other hand, how's the contact between the MOSFET heatsink and actual MOSFETs? If it's loose maybe we have nothing to blame
Loose MOSFET heatsink is worse than none at all
Edited by xd_1771 - 3/23/11 at 1:29pm
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I have this board. I'm not worried though, I think this may be a one-off issue. ASRock doesn't have the rap sheet that MSI does when it comes to VRM failures.
I have a fan blowing across the MOSFET heatsinks anyway
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
I knew ASRock's cheapness would bite someone hard in the rear someday. I just knew it. But the worst part is this is an 8+2 phase.
I don't usually recommend ASRock due to availability of better choices, but this might just throw me off them altogether, forever.
I see ASRock becoming the next big MSI this year with their AM3+ boards that look to have extremely cheap VRMs

On the other hand, how's the contact between the MOSFET heatsink and actual MOSFETs? If it's loose maybe we have nothing to blame
Loose MOSFET heatsink is worse than none at all
Or maybe, just MAYBE he got a dud board. It happens.
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Or maybe, just MAYBE he got a dud board. It happens.
Yes ,this can be a problem.

1,5 V is something ,but some overcurrent protections should of kicked in and shut down the mobo.
This is the thing that annoys me at a motherboard ,the lack of proper protections.
No matter the voltage any mobo should protect itself when you go over board ,engineers should know the phisical limit of the VRM and enforce it ,before frying itself.
Engineering flaw or bad sample.
   
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I moved the rig to my kitchen table and tried booting it from direct power and not my surge protector...
Maybe it is some lack of overcurrent protection - perhaps triggered by a combination of the mobo & the PSU?
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