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QOTW: Has your motherboard ever failed?

by Parm Mann on 4 June 2021, 16:31

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With the sheer amount of hardware we get to play with here at HEXUS HQ, it is no surprise that we've witnessed our fair share of failures over the years. I've personally seen a few graphics cards, power supplies and storage devices go kaput, but touch wood, I've been fortunate in the motherboard department.

So much so that after a couple of decades of PC building and testing, I can't recall a single motherboard that has ever died. Yes, I'm fully expecting the current Asus ROG Crosshair VIII Formula to go up in flames now that I've said it, but I'm going to enjoy this good run while it lasts.

We're curious to hear how our readers fare with regards to motherboard reliability, so for this week's question we're asking: has your motherboard ever failed? Feel free to relive any tales of woe using the comments facility below.

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I have had a few motherboards fail, but luckily they have all been under warranty when it happened.

My current MSI X99A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM failed and had to have the CPU socket replaced because the connections failed behind it.
I've got away with Motherboards failing outright in my own collection.
I had an issue for years with my current ASUS where it would occasionally fail to post from a cold start. I had to turn off/on again, upon POST would report a false claim that I was overclocking then reset the BIOS back to defaults. However, that hasn't happened for ages now so in this instance it seems to have repaired itself.
Not that I can recall on my own, but two brand new Gigabyte boards with which I did a recent build were pretty janky, and subsequently karked it during the Windows post-install updates.
Reports from other users suggest it is a known and common flaw with those boards, though.
I've had several fail over the years. Normally after a good few years (things like USB stopped working/LAN broke - that sort of thing), but I had a Z87-SOC by Gigabyte that was RMA'd twice - that was a real POS that board.
Yep, had a few where they just start to randomly restart, as they heat up, which gradually gets worse over time. Maybe 3 or so in 20 years?