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    Chokes problem on apex xi

    Is it normal for the solder connecting chokes to the motherboard to have those cracks, is it dangerous in any way? How are they connected to the motherboard?
    That's my friends motherboard, a maximus Apex xi z390


    Here a pic https://i.imgur.com/5hN7S6r.jpg

    Thanks

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    Can't see anything in that picture

    Cracks would not be normal no...but I'd need to see actual cracks

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    He can't get better close ups because he has to disassemble the waterblock and drain the custom loop in order to get them.

    https://i.imgur.com/U37G9Hw.jpg

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    I don't think that's a problem...not the neatest but it just looks like folded material not cracking..

    The solder I'd be looking at is down the bottom (red) not that stuff at top there (yellow)...so it looks OK to me...

    Any reason to suspect a problem?
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    maybe the image is bad, but i cant see the problem either

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    Yes what i was referring to was in the yellow circle, i've been looking at it quickly before installing it and it actually looked cracked not just folded material, there was also metallic material on the pcb. The thing is, i haven't experienced any voltage problem, they're stable and temps are just fine as well.
    If there was an actual crack on each choke what would it imply, what kind of problems would i experience?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wintersun View Post
    if there was an actual crack on each choke what would it imply, what kind of problems would i experience?
    rma?

    some of the high performance mosfets/chokes can have split housing, consisting of a lower and upper part glued together

    I don't know which components that's on your motherboard, maybe its the tiny joints you see? (if such chokes are used)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wintersun View Post
    If there was an actual crack on each choke what would it imply, what kind of problems would i experience?
    If there was...and I don't think there is...you could experience anything from no power to short circuits/fire, pestilence and demons

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    That's my mofset uncovered, i see they have something similar happening there too but way less accentuated i'd say,not sure how the choke connects to the motherboard, i can tell it's not soldered below the mobo cause there are no signs on the back of the motherboard.


    Thanks for your advices.

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    Yeah...looks the same to me...so all good

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