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By: Carl Nelson [06.03.04]


QA & Testing








The first step in testing is to make sure the board components are correclty installed, and working correctly. If a board is not to pass this test, it will be sent back for inspection. Once they find out which component is not working, I am sure they'll point out the "bad apple".


In this step, the boards are equipped with all the components used in a normal PC, and made sure they can run stable right away. Gigabyte tests 100% of their boards like this; not just a random sample of boards in each line! This greatly lowers the number of DOA boards, and expenses associated with that, so I think it's worth the extra time and effort. Certainly every single motherboard we've received from them has worked fine; I wish I could say that about all the other motherboard companies ;)


While checking out all the boards being tested, I spotted this! It's a board with either of Intel's latest PCI Express chipsets - 925 or 915! Sporting DDR2, and an Intel LGA775 CPU. They appear to be using their own PCI Express video card; probably a GeForceFX 5750.


Once the boards are confirmed to run stable under normal circumstances, they are then put through a punishing stress test. Each and every Gigabyte motherboard goes through this test; several hours of pure CPU and Video processing in a controlled 40 degrees Celsius environment.

The LED indicators on each board shows the current test cycle each board is on. These boards have been running 3dMark 2001 over 400 times here! If they can survive this step, it's a pretty sure bet that they'll endure pretty much everything we could throw at it.


Once the boards are finished with all the rigorous stress testing, they are packed up and sent to floor 2 for final retail packaging.

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