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    Default X48-DQ6 Broken Capacitor

    hi,

    I was rebuilding my rig today, and a capacitor snapped off. I think it happened when I was trying to seat my sound card.

    the capacitor is at CEC4, towards the edge of the board in between the 2nd blue PCI-E slot and the PCI slot. I bought the board used, so RMA isnt an option. so, I have a few questions:

    - what does this specific cap do? any chance I can normally run (including overclocking) on this board and never know that the cap's gone? I had to ask...
    - is it reasonable to consider ordering a new cap and soldering it in myself?

    mobo is Gigabyte X48-DQ6

    thanks!
    Last edited by mason_winston; 05-17-2009 at 09:32 AM.

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    Default Re: X48-DQ6 Broken Capacitor

    I dont know what kind of capacitor got off but I assume it a normal solid capacitor.
    I assume the old capacitor is still ok and just the solder joint is off right ?
    Then you can use 2 wire to connect/solder them (like in the picture). Just make sure the polarity is correct ! It will work normally if you do it right.


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    Last edited by Sparda; 05-17-2009 at 10:16 AM.

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    Default Re: X48-DQ6 Broken Capacitor

    thanks for the reply, Sparda.

    yeah, as far as I can tell, it's just a normal capacitor. 16v, if I'm reading correctly.

    unfortunately, the capacitor tore clean off the mobo, and took one of the solder joints w/it. I think my only option is to get a new cap and solder thru to the back of the motherboard.

    thoughts?

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    Default Re: X48-DQ6 Broken Capacitor

    Yea sure search for new one if the capacitor foot cant be solder anymore.
    It up to you to solder through the back of motherboard or not but personally for me the small wire is easier.
    I dont know the caps capacitance ; just ask your local DIY store/Google
    Last edited by Sparda; 05-17-2009 at 02:08 PM.

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    Default Re: X48-DQ6 Broken Capacitor

    With todays moddern multi layer motherboard PCB's it can be hard to know on which layer the capacitor is attached.

    If it's clear as to where the capacitor is soldered it is fine to either re-attach or replace as needed.

    You may be able to use the board as normal without it, however as caps are usually used to smooth and regulate power flow, doing so may damage anny connected components.

    It is crucial if you are replacing the capacitor that you do so with one of the same specification, so not just voltage tollerence but capacitance in farads/micro-farads. Also if it's a solid cap, replace with a solid cap. If it's an electrolytic cap replace with an electrolytic.

    *Edit* Regardless of it being second hand, enquire with Gigabyte about an RMA. Tell them you don't have the original box if you no longer have it. It will depend on whether or not they ask for proof of purchase.
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    Default Re: X48-DQ6 Broken Capacitor

    Quote Originally Posted by mason_winston View Post
    - what does this specific cap do? any chance I can normally run (including overclocking) on this board and never know that the cap's gone? I had to ask...
    - is it reasonable to consider ordering a new cap and soldering it in myself?
    Yes and yes. Back in the Pentium 4 days i had a 8IPE1000-G run without a capacitor for several months before i noticed it... Nothing bad happened.

    If you want to be on the safe side try and solder it yourself. And yes you can solder it on the back, just be careful about polarity as it'll blow if you put it the wrong way around. @ Psycho101: Any component that goes through the board can be soldered either on the front or back.
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    Default Re: X48-DQ6 Broken Capacitor

    I know any component that goes through the board can, but for all we know it could be surface mounted. My advice was precautionary only.

    If the OP isn't confident with a soldering iron I would strongly recommend an RMA, or treat youself to an EP45-UD3P or UD3R. These boards will overclock just as well as your X48.
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    Default Re: X48-DQ6 Broken Capacitor

    If it was SMD he couldn't have read any value off it, simply because there aren't any printed SMD capacitors.
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    Default Re: X48-DQ6 Broken Capacitor

    It is quite possible (although extremely unlikely I admit) to surface mount a large capacitor such as that one.

    Argument is pointless. Solder it back the way it was originally soldered, and if the person doesn't think they have the skill needed, bin the board or try an RMA, simple as that.
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    Default Re: X48-DQ6 Broken Capacitor

    the top of the cap has three lines of text, from top to bottom:
    - E786
    - 100
    - 16v

    the cap is silver, and the writing is in blue. I'm gonna guess that this is a 100 farad cap, right?

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