Exploding capacitors

By on February 25, 2003, 3:04 AM
PC Stats [URL=http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm?articleID=195]has an article[/URL] about exploding capacitors.

While at first I dismissed it as a "one timer" I quickly changed my mind after looking at their poll where 40% out of 600 people said they have had a capacitor blow. Then after looking in their forums where also quite a few people said they had blown capacitors I got more interested...
As a side note The Inquirer [URL=http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=5878]ran a story this last October[/URL] about this. If you put the words "Capacitor" in their search-engine the word "Abit" comes up quite frequently. So the plot thickens...

If you want to see more pics visit [URL=http://home.att.net/~garyheadlee/services.htm]this site[/URL], which also (at a cost) can repair your mobo.

Be sure to [URL=http://www.techspot.com/vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=4415]post a comment[/URL] if this has happened to you.

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cyclone2 said:
Abit + blown capaciter = me :(Paid good money for a BF-6 and it blew up shotly after warranty expired I Dont buy Abit anymore
Per Hansson said:
Hi, thanks for the reply, I'm sorry to hear that...You could always send it [URL=http://home.att.net/~garyheadlee/services.htm]to this guy[/URL] to have it repaired for 50$...Do you have any pics of it?
StormBringer said:
This sounds like another case of a company using cheap, shoddy components in their products.
Mictlantecuhtli said:
Usually, the maximum temperature for the capacitors is written in them, typically 85C or 105C. If they're too close to CPUs and MOSFETs, this is what happens. Bad quality components, maybe, but it can also be bad motherboard design.
StormBringer said:
Either way, it is still shoddy craftsmanship.
conradguerrero said:
I had a capacitor (i think) in my power supply blow just recently. Wasn't an Abit, think it was a John Deer? Not too sure, got an Antec now.:D
Vehementi said:
A John Deer PSU?I thought they made tractors and stuff :confused:[size=1]Heh that's John Deere...[/size]Still, that is the price of cheap components. Did you lose anything else from the power surge?
Unregistered said:
i too have an abit ak7-100 campasitor goo between. abit wants $25.00 BUT HOW MANY MILLIONS of mobo's thats a lot of moo-la . what a scam. i still have 6 months before my warrenyruns out but abit didnt see that way they went by the manufacturing date. i will never buy any abit motherboards.
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