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By: Carl Nelson [06.03.04]


Board Assembly







Once all the chips are installed, the rest of the board assembley can take place. Here, this worker is installing the audio ports, to be soldered on later (we'll get to that...)

To ensure their factory workers are performing their best, Gigabyte uses a "bad apple" analogy to keep track of their mistaked. If a mistake is made, the inspector will stamp clearly on the form below the apple tree... From the dozens of trees I saw, there wasn't a single bad apple! Well done!

These workers are installing the DIMM slots on an Intel 865PE motherboard. On the left, you see the channel 1 DIMMs being installed, and on the right, the channel 2 DIMMs are installed.

And here, this worker is installting all the PCI slots. She was very quick!

Once all the components are in place, they are automatically soldered to the board with this machine. After they come out of the soldering machine, they are air cooled, and the solder connections on the bottom of the boards are manually buffed smooth (or smooth-ISH, as anyone who has poked themselves  holding a motherboard can attest ;))

In the top right, you can see the current production line's progress... They are behind by 18 boards; probably because of me bothering them by taking pics! Sorry guys! The rest of the lines were ahead by a dozen boards or so...

With everything soldered in place, the last thing to do is install the P4 retention brackets, and the northbridge heatsinks! The boards you see here are entry-level boards, so thermal interface pads are being used. On higher end boards, Gigabyte usually uses thermal paste.

The next step is to test everything to make sure the boards work!

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