by Anton Shilov
01/18/2004 | 01:31 PM
At least some of ASUS K8V series mainboards may be defective because of low-quality capacitors. ASUS admits the problem and advices end-users who purchased potentially faulty platforms to contact their local resellers for assistance.
ASUS believes there are K8V and K8V Deluxe mainboards on the market that install 9 electrolytic capacitors (CE18, CE19, CE20, CE21, CE22, CE25 , CE38, CE39, CE45) used at power stabilization circuitry that may expand and fracture. This problem has been confirmed to result from quality control of RLZ 0333 capacitors, and proven to happen only on a small number of such capacitors which can be easily distinguished from the RLZ 0333 marking on them.
ASUS does not advice customers to return or replace potentially faulty products at this point. The company also does not indicate how many K8V and K8V Deluxe mainboards may be affected by the issues.
Even though the problem of low-quality capacitors is not a new one for this industry, it is an alarming sign to know that mainboards from a company who is known for its excellent quality may be defective. Perhaps gradual shift of focus to the more lucrative notebooks business has been at the expense of quality control in other areas, The Inquirer asks now.
Some more information on the matter is available at ASUS’ official web-site.