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#1 Waco

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:24 AM

As some of you know my 2600K decided to commit suicide last week. I'm unsure of whether the issue originally started with the CPU or the motherboard...and now that I have my replacement CPU from Intel I'm a bit wary about sticking the brand new CPU in a board that may blow it up the first time I try to start it up. :lol:

I called Gigabyte tech support and the woman was very adamant that it's unlikely to cause any issues even if the board was bad...and followed that line up with, and I quote, "but if the VRM are bad your CPU will burn". :mfp: Thanks, that was helpful. :lol:

I'm fairly sure Intel doesn't want me to have to call them again and send another replacement CPU.


So anyway - here's my request (and I completely understand if nobody wants to bother :lol:): What does your Gigabyte Z68 board (preferably a UD3/UD4/UD5) do if you try to boot it up with no CPU and no RAM?


I am guessing that a properly working board would power on but do nothing. Mine, as it happens, turns on for a split second (EDIT: after trying it again it's close to 2 seconds), then turns itself off. It then repeats this cycle every 5-6 seconds. I'm not sure if it's supposed to do that or if it is actually dead. :doh: The Gigabyte tech wasn't very helpful in this aspect either - her answer was essentially "it depends". Of course, she couldn't tell me what it depends on. :lol:

I really don't want to blow up any good CPUs nor do I really want to deal with a 3-4 week RMA process for a board that might be good. :yucky:

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:29 AM

If know one else is able to help you sooner I'll try tomorrow.

Panda's d3 isn't a good enough comparison for you?

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:35 AM

Panda's d3 isn't a good enough comparison for you?

I don't know if the difference between boards is that great...and to be honest I forgot what board she had. :lol:

I'll try it now. :doh:

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:44 AM

I have a Gigabyte Z68(not sure which one) at my house which I will be at this weekend which I could test and see what happens. I am sure someone else would get to it before me though.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:49 AM

Well her Z68AP-D3 does something similar. It starts up for about 2-3 seconds, then shuts off for 4-5 seconds, then cycles again.

It stays on for longer than mine, but that's the only difference.


I'm going to call Intel and see if they'll give me a green light on putting the replacement CPU in the board. :cheers:

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:15 AM

Yay! Intel gave me a go-ahead to test the replacement CPU in my unknown-condition board. Cross your fingers it wasn't a VRM issue that killed the first one... :lol:

Going to to a bare-boot with just the CPU, RAM, and a PSU.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:44 AM

You took my computer apart without asking me?

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:09 AM

You took my computer apart without asking me?

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:11 AM

I got a Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3, but I guess I came too late.

You took my computer apart without asking me?

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 01:21 PM

Waco might not ever come again if he messed with Blue's board and she didn't know it :)
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Posted 29 February 2012 - 03:55 PM

You took my computer apart without asking me?



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Waco you could have put it in the MSI board.......
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Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:32 PM

He is soooo grounded...