PostHeaderIcon Gigabyte Recalls GA-X79-UD3, GA-X79-UD3 And G1.Assassin 2 Motherboards

Pushing your PC to its limits has obvious inherent dangers; overclocking your CPU can definitely bust your rig if you push it too far. That being said, reasonable overclocking doesn’t actually carry too much risk – normally. Right before Christmas, one overclocker’s Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 mobo crashed, then burned (literally) in the midst of a lightweight stress test. After he posted the video on YouTube (the fun stuff happens in the last 20 seconds), Gigabyte looked into the problem, and apparently, it wasn’t a case of crap luck. Yesterday, Gigabyte’s Chinese branch announced the faulty CPU VRM is a widespread issue and recalled the GA-X79-UD3, GA-X79-UD3 and G1.Assassin 2 mobos.

There’s another option if you aren’t an overclocker and don’t want to hand over your Gigabyte board, however; an emergency BIOS update. Be careful, though. TechPowerUp reports that while the patch will throttle the CPU when it’s stressed to protect the VRM and keep your board from frying, the throttling also puts the brakes on any adventurous overclocking attempts. If you’re a limit-pushing tinkerer, send your mobo back to Gigabyte and the company will replace with a new, defect-free one once acceptable replacements are manufactured. No matter which option you choose, the GA-X79-UD3, GA-X79-UD3 and G1.Assassin 2 models are now covered by a lifetime warranty for this particular issue. The affected products are also being pulled from store shelves.

Oh, and if you’re wondering, Gigabyte blames the problem on a mixture of poor PWM components and bad firmware.

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