Arne Saknussemm wrote:
That is entirely normal 🙂
I don't think that I have even seen this before. Now on two boards. The one in the pics above are from an Asus CH8 wifi. I just got in a Formula version. The formula version had a few above the cpu socket that were cracked and non on the left side. The non formula had both rows of vrms cracked. Are those 'support' pieces that the vrms sit in cause any type of electrical shorting? I have been in contact with an Asus rep since the first board came to me . I did RMA that board before any use. He said it could have been damaged while being shipped. I think its a manufacturing issue that there is not enough solder being used to secure the vrms. I still haven't put the x3900 and ram on this board yet. What I would like to know if there is any electricl issues that would come from those 'cracked' soldered areas and would it ruin my other computer parts? Does Asus cover a loss like that? I can't really afford a loss.
I did send him pics of the formula board. It's a great looking board no marks or anything, but the issue of the cracked solder areas. I did asked him to send all pics to the Asus engineers. If it was a shipping issue, Asus needs to ask the 3rd parties not to ship their products in such manners to allow these parts to crack. If its a manufacturing issue then the engineers need to look at how and how much solder is being used.