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Through The Line

Gigabyte Motherboard/Graphics Card Factory Tour
By , Sherri Lee
Through The Line

The board passes through several chambers, where various components are stacked.

SMT components are actually sent in on reels, like a film reel. This is where the term "tapped-out" comes from. Robots remove components from the reels and place them on the board with surgical precision.

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    08nwsula , June 16, 2009 8:18 PM
    I heard if you are found sneaking around a Gigabyte plant they will cap your ass with 2 oz of copper.
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    08nwsula , June 16, 2009 8:18 PM
    I heard if you are found sneaking around a Gigabyte plant they will cap your ass with 2 oz of copper.
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    computabug , June 16, 2009 8:20 PM
    TH's comeback to business! Well, maybe not the same 'type' of business *cough* but at least it's getting readers back! :D 
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    Anonymous , June 16, 2009 8:24 PM
    Pretty Sweet. Looks like a typical PCB manufacturing floor..
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    the_one111 , June 16, 2009 8:32 PM
    And another baby motherboard is born Awwwwwwwwwwww....

    It's so cute!
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    Ramar , June 16, 2009 8:32 PM
    Awesome story. Thanks guys =D

    Makes me feel even better about my Gigabyte boards.
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    computabug , June 16, 2009 8:39 PM
    I thought that board was an HD4850, but it doesn't have the white DVI connectors... maybe they put it on last?
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    computabug , June 16, 2009 8:40 PM
    Nevermind! I change my mind: it's a GTS250 for sure! Probably a 1gb OCed non-reference gts250
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    argade , June 16, 2009 8:53 PM
    Correct me if I'm wrong but surface mount parts (SMT) come from tape and reel and are soldered in a reflow oven not a wave solder machine b/c they aren't through-hole parts. Also I believe flux is sprayed on the leads of the through-hole parts that need to be soldered in wave for a better solder joint, not the other way around.
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    computabug , June 16, 2009 8:55 PM
    Ok sorry for 3 (almost) consecutive posts, but for picture 20:
    "With speed and skill, Sherri covertly moves in to bag a few motherboards and graphics cards."
    Are you guys serious? T_T
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    the last resort , June 16, 2009 9:04 PM
    The video card in picture #14 is the 9800GT 1GB edition.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125282
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    1ni3shi , June 16, 2009 9:05 PM
    Tuan, prepare to hear from GIGABYTE laywers!
    They'll probably brand your forehead with UD3 or UDV logos...

    You sold out the identity of your THSA Kobe GOOD JOB!!
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    NocturnalOne , June 16, 2009 9:06 PM
    You have to wonder if they're going to rename the company when host memory is measured in TB rather than GB. Sort of like a company being called Kilobyte back in the 60s. Sounds to quaint now.
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    the last resort , June 16, 2009 9:06 PM
    ooops sorry, didn't notice the next slide had heatsinks.

    The video card in #14 and 15 is the GTS250, 1GB with the custom Zalman cooler.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125266
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    tuannguyen , June 16, 2009 9:08 PM
    computabugOk sorry for 3 (almost) consecutive posts, but for picture 20:"With speed and skill, Sherri covertly moves in to bag a few motherboards and graphics cards."Are you guys serious? T_T

    the last resortThe video card in picture #14 is the 9800GT 1GB edition.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814125282


    Hehe, that was meant as a joke. We don't need to do that. :)  We just call Gigabyte and ask.

    / Tuan
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    grandshadow3581 , June 16, 2009 9:28 PM
    Fascinating
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    stuckintexas , June 16, 2009 9:30 PM
    I worked for quite a while as a Test Engineer and the two pics of their functional test fixture makes me weep. Most engineers would be fired if they tried to release that to MFG.

    @argade - You are 100% correct.
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    cadder , June 16, 2009 9:34 PM
    Oh what fun!

    Why are they one of the most popular choices? Both of my GA-EP45-UD3R's work very well. They have a lot of good features and are priced very nicely. That's why.

    BTW, what is a "surgical precession"? Is that some kind of parade?
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    NocturnalOne , June 16, 2009 9:35 PM
    stuckintexasI worked for quite a while as a Test Engineer and the two pics of their functional test fixture makes me weep. Most engineers would be fired if they tried to release that to MFG.


    I doubt that that was a production test fixture. Would take much too long and risk damage to the product.

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    MrSiko , June 16, 2009 9:36 PM
    Great article! I don't think Gigabyte will mind too much, their facilities come out of this very well indeed.
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    computabug , June 16, 2009 9:40 PM
    Hey Tuan, am I right about it being a non-reference gts250 in the picture?
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