Gigabyte 945 motherboards get better capacitors

Posted on Saturday, Jan 06 2007 @ 23:09 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Gigabyte presents a new lineup of 945 series motherboards with all-solid capacitors which have a lot longer lifespan the the previously used electrolytic capacitors.

Generating less heat than their electrolyte counterparts, solid capacitors last on average 6 times longer, helping to ensure that PCs stay reliable for longer. Additionally, solid capacitors have a higher tolerance not only for higher temperatures, but they also perform better with higher frequencies and higher current than electrolytic capacitors. The excellent heat resistance and better electric conductivity allows enthusiasts to tweak the highest levels of performance from their system without fear of excessive capacitor wear or exploding capacitors.

These capacitors were already used on the 965 series motherboards and the company says they should improve overclocking.

Average Lifespan of Solid Caps. vs. Electrolytic Caps.


Solid Capacitors

Electrolytic Capacitors


6,324 Hrs 1.5X longer

4,000 Hrs


20,000 Hrs 2.5X longer

8,000 Hrs


63,245 Hrs 4X longer

16,000 Hrs


200,000 Hrs 6.25X longer

32,000 Hrs

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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