Reply 40 of 60, by PCBONEZ
I think the change to all solid polymer caps is why the cheaper brands or models appear to be better than they used to be.
The slow switch to all polymer was partly a cost issue and partly a technology issue.
In the early 2000's solid polymer caps that cost 75-80 cents each today cost $12-$15 each.
And until fairly recently the available uF and voltage ratings of solid polymers couldn't cover the range of wet-lytics.
They still don't -quite-, but almost.
Back to Asus:
If you think back you'll probably remember ads for industry standard RAM that said something like -
"Compatible with all ___ chipset motherboards - except Asus."
I suspect that is/was because Asus was cheaping-down by not using the recommended (by AMD/Intel) small SMD noise filtering parts near their RAM slots.
RAM that had those parts in excess of the minimum on the module (which is optional) would work but RAM that didn't wouldn't always.
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