Gigabyte Clarifies the 'Recall' of Three Socket LGA2011 Motherboards

bp9801 - January 6, 2012 04:23PM in Motherboards

Last week, some news surfaced concerning some of Gigabyte's Intel LGA2011 motherboards. A video surfaced showing the VRMs on the motherboards would explode with a high CPU frequency, causing Gigabyte to issue a recall on three of the LGA2011 motherboards. The problem with that is Gigabyte never issued a formal recall, and odds are the translation of the notice on the Gigabyte Taiwan website was not that accurate. The notice was limited to Taiwan and a few other areas around it, but the kicker is the video showing the exploding VRMs was due to user error and not a design flaw. You see, the video in question (curiously with comments and embedding now disabled) has the Gigabyte Intel LGA2011 motherboards running on an open test bench with no airflow. There are no case fans aimed at the motherboard to push air over it, and the closed-loop watercooler being used does not exactly have any airflow going over the motherboard either. Without some air movement, the heatsink on the VRMs cannot keep up with higher CPU frequencies and thus, go up in flames.

Gigabyte's answer was not a recall, but rather issue a new F7 BIOS to remove some of the more extreme voltage settings on the X79-UD3, UD5, UD7, and G1.Assassin 2 motherboards. This new BIOS does not impair the overclocking capabilities of the motherboards, like some had suggested, but rather stops the VRMs from going over their limits. Gigabyte says you only need the F7 BIOS if you are overclocking, but will ensure all motherboards sold in the future come with it just to be safe. So, in the end, a little airflow can go a long way to keeping everything from getting out of control.