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    My stepbrother has a refined taste to pick the worsts boards ever made, I ques. He has sort of "thing" for Jetway mainboards. Anyone familiar with GSC caps must know already how it end
    Well, the board was first used with Duron 700 (slightly overclocked to 866Mhz - 133x6.5) and worked great for some time. Yet when my bro bought Palomino 1700+ AXP, the problems started. Board was not stable anymore, and re-flashing and bios updating won't cure a thing.

    Funny thing - the Vcore voltage settings mentioned in manual as well, as available in bios disappeared after one flash update. We never get it back, even flashing the older bios back won't help, or so my bro says.

    We all at BadCaps know now why and how, but at the time even I was clueless. We decided that "the board simply did not like AXP, or the Palomino" and he bought another board - Jetway N2PAP Ultra. What happen to this is another story. This V266B suxxka (yep, VIA KT266 chipset, so FSB133 is max) was sort-of borrowed to one friend and then it finally get to my sis. At the time the board won't like anything more that 800Mhz (133x6) and yep, Duron only. Yet still problems continue. For example if you copy anything over network + run a WinAMP = sure crash. Copy or WinAMP alone = all good.

    Sooner or later it get to the point when we had to back from 133Mhz overclock and get to 100x7 default to make things at least not crashing often. There are some remarkable things like enabling fast writes in bios ended up with instant crash as soon, as the Radeon 9000, witch support fast writes flawlessly, start to draw any 3D on screen

    Around at this time I noticed the caps close to the CPU, serving as Vcore caps, are pretty bulged. We cleared the leaking, but it still look kinda bad...

    It was obvious what to do, but I looked at the board and started to like it. I mean - it have everything - even holes around CPU, so, why so crappy GSC caps have to ruin it?
    The board support either SDRAM (2 slots) or DDR ram (2 slots) and we managed to increase stability (speed increase is not noticeable or measurable tough) replacing the SDRAMs with DDR rams. Probably the DDR ones utilize cap's that was not utilized before? Or we just dreamed up the increased stability in all the instability issues?

    Around that time I got first optimistic results from recapping my DFI LP B boards with Panasonic FM caps, yet there was also a bit of argument on the China (okay, Hong Kong precisely) made caps Samxon's and how they are or are not good. And since space is valuable and Panasonic ones are big I contacted Joe, alias Big Pope and asked about the Samxon caps. Simply if I could test them out.

    The idea was to overclock this board high, and stress it with folding - on top of that, it will still serve my sis as gaming/working/browsing machine and sort of "general public computer" to access net at my home

    Joe agreed and unlike my bro suggested (replace just the bulging ones...), I replaced ALL the caps on the board. Everything over 100uF simply goes for Samxon's

    The results.

    Forget semi-stable 100x7 with poor 64k L2 Duron! Now there is a Barton 2800+ inserted and run at 155x12.5 That give PR2500+, witch is nice performance kick! I tried even 166x12.5 to get the 2800 rating the CPU is made for and it was on Prime CPU test stable, yet the used rams can't handle 2-2-2-5 at more that a little over 155Mhz, so I decided that the few Mhz up it not worth decreasing the latency settings. Also fast writes is possible now, yet when I later replaced the R9000 with FX5600XT they has to be disabled, as the XT crap won't support them at all. Not a big deal, tough. All other bios options regarding speed could be now maxed out w/o worries and they work!
    I also used Revoltec passive nice cooler on the NB and the standard NB cooler put on the SB to gain stability when overclocking the oldie poor VIA KT266 chipset to 155Mhz
    It also have 2x512MB DDR ram's and at 2-2-2-5 I bet they stress the Vdimm powering circuit well!

    So, now the mobo run fully on Samxon's, fully stable and under 100% load by folding all the time (run as service)

    It is about two months now, so I posted these result as sort of statement that the Samxons aren't about fail soon. We see how long the Samxon's hold up - my bet is, that as long, as we want the board to run, but to know for sure, a stress test is need. Unlike DFI recap work I did not increased any of the caps sizes.

    So, stay tuned for longer test, yet so far I managed excellent results, I think. Especially compared to what the board was able run before, it won't even post with AXP CPU, even with 256k of L2 only... And the Samxons are still mostly GD and few GC ones. So, only the more average Samxons are being used.

    No Samxons GA used, yet these should be (according to specs) mortal threat to Rubycons MBZ or Nichicons HZ by their cheap price yet still stellar specs - simply the absolute hi-end top.

    Samxon GA 1800uF 16V - impedance 0.007 - ripple current 4140 (2000 hours) 10x25
    Nichicon HZ 1800uF 16V - impedance 0.006.5 - ripple current 4140 (2000 hours) 10x25
    Rubycon MCZ 1800uF 16V - impedance 0.009 - ripple current 3230 (2000 hours) 10x25

    Dunno if they could make difference in such oldie mainboard, but in new ones and in case of extreme overclocking - well, that could be different story!

    And for the record, the case is fan less, so they get proper thermal stressing as well. Pictures on demand possible

    Samxon caps are available from Big Pope.

  • #2
    Awesome work, i have been meaning to do tis to a few of my boards here to see if they clocked a little nicer.

    Great to see you have a good board there form a bad one


    • #3
      Try it, Tony. Grab the best caps you can find, the Vcore / Vdimm - simply the critical one you can enlerge a bit and bridge at bottom of the PCB with 100nF ceramics - and you will be surprised

      Adding another four 4.7uF SMD caps from bottom of the Socket, DFI LP B:

      Bridging right Vcore mosfet is most problematic one - the shortcut between layers are connected on the Vcore groud, while the right leg of the cap is positive Vcore voltage and believe me - you don't want co connect these two...!

      Since them - voltages are stable, even on oscilloscope, and board clocking great. Certainly WR capable


      • #4
        Very cool trodas

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        • #5
          Agreed....this is definitely hardcore and worthy of praise.... Well done trodas! Just out of curiousity, have you run benchmarks to compare performance? I'm sure the results would be excellent....


          • #6
            Those caps look like many on Abit boards . In fact there is a class action suit against Abit right now.


            • #7
              Good job very cool mod, Might just try this myself!!


              • #8
                Ya i second Mik...thats def hardcore stuff there....great job man


                • #9
                  Snafu - thx

                  Mikki - well, it is almost useless compare 700Mhz Duron to AXP 2800+ clocked at 2500+ rating, yet - there we go:

                  That it was before, 133x5.5 - 733Mhz for 2:36sec:

                  But it was not stable at all, thanks to the caps. Then we moved to 100x7 - 700Mhz and it get slower a lot - 3:02sec:

                  ...but after caps, the stability is neat:

                  And SuperPI times improved as well, tough this is only 150x12.5 test, 155x12.5 get under 1min, hehe

                  Jim - yep, Teapos, GSC, CapXons, Fuhjyyu and similar caps are KNOWN bad brands, see there for list:
                  BTW, as a ripped owner of Abit ST6-R board with leaking and smelling teapos with might contriute to the alergy I and both my sis and bro got - could I apply for the clas action suit too? Probably only US citisens, right? But what if I did not want any money but just my voice to be heard? :?:
                  I REALLY want to say couple of S and F words to them, if not worser...

                  liquidcooled - thx and - definitively recommended It make wonders, heheh

                  flexkill - thanks! But hey, guys, there is class action agains JetWay as well!