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How Motherboards Are Made (2019) | Taiwan Automated Factory Tour, ft. Gigabyte

We toured Gigabyte's Taiwan SMT lines and factory to show how motherboards and video cards are made from start to finish.
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Making a motherboard mostly involves the surface-mount technology process, but DIP (dual in-line packaging) and product packaging are also important, as is the preceding product testing and EMI testing.
Note: You'd also like our EMI radiation lab tour:
Motherboard manufacturing is a refined process, but each board still takes upwards of an hour to finalize on the assembly line. About half of the assembly is now done by automated SMT lines, with the rest being manual quality checks and large component installation (like PCIe slots). As for how to make a video card, it follows exactly the same process -- the difference is just which board is being fed through the machines on each day.
This factory is located on Nanping Road in Taiwan, about a 40-minute drive from Taipei 101. Other electronics factories and SMT lines exist predominantly in China, like in Shenzhen, but Gigabyte has shifted operations toward its Taiwan-based factory to help dodge potential incoming tariffs. The company also focuses its higher-end product manufacturing on this line.
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Host: Steve Burke
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  1. Gamers Nexus

    Gamers Nexus

    8 ngày trước

    Note that this process is fairly standardized, although Gigabyte has some unique tweaks they made to their machines. We made a comparison to the Z390 Godlike (an MSI board) in this video, so before that confuses anyone, note that MSI follows the same SMT line approach to boards. Gigabyte is, however, the only one doing manufacturing in Taiwan instead of China. Find our video on how PC case fans are made over here: You can support our factory tours from this trip via Patreon or the store: /

    • DoTheEvolution78


      5 ngày trước

      Awesome video Steve oh, I'm glad that you were able to take this trip I take pride in being a gigabyte motherboard owner :-)

    • Cluey


      5 ngày trước

      @Gamers Nexus Thanks for the great video, although not all that surprising to me as there's no way they could produce them fast enough with humans placing the components, also the quality control would suck if we placed them! It would be good if you recorded some slow motion video too, even of things like that tape machine at the end, it moved too fast to see what it was doing. I'd be very interested to see them making the PCB, I know many of them are multiple layers thick although they try to limit that because of the additional cost. I doubt they'd let you see how they design them though, although lots of it will be via the CAD software they use. I imagine it's got a lot smarter since I used one at the end of the 90's. Making the surface mount components would be fascinating too, getting the correct resistor/capacitor value with such a small package and tolerance. I'm sure that's automated to but more interesting to me than a machine placing components. Of course this leads to the actual IC's, if you can get into a plant tour of them I'd be glued to my screen. I've got a rough understanding of how it's done but the huge CPU/GPU they're making today must add extra complexity, Intel is acutely aware of this!

    • codycast


      6 ngày trước

      Ze Omega I used to support on patreon but left when many others did after they started their political banning spree. So another good option to support is to buy their swag.

    • codycast


      6 ngày trước

      Boltcranck and people like me avoid stuff made in China wherever possible. I’d never buy a Chinese motherboard if non Chinese made options exist.

    • Tadas Nanartonis

      Tadas Nanartonis

      7 ngày trước

      I wouldn't mind if you had put in some more video footage that includes testing operations. afterall testing is major domain of this channel..

  2. matt harmon

    matt harmon

    4 giờ trước

    I just like the machine that puts the straps on the boxes at the end. can we get a full review of that machine please... kek

  3. Maou Kiero

    Maou Kiero

    8 giờ trước

    Was it a requirement to say "Skilled workers"?

  4. Mohammad Amin Valizadeh

    Mohammad Amin Valizadeh

    10 giờ trước

    I wish they put this much effort in ax370 gaming 5 so I wouldn't have these problems with that goddamn error 15

  5. Kesateria Matahari

    Kesateria Matahari

    20 giờ trước

    i gotta wonder, who makes the first computer that makes all these computer parts?

  6. nothing isnt As it seem

    nothing isnt As it seem

    Ngày trước

    So no motherboard are made in Taiwan 100% !all component come from PRC ! I was thinking there were still motherboard manufacturer that add 100 % of their motherboard made outside prc

  7. nothing isnt As it seem

    nothing isnt As it seem

    Ngày trước

    Ty gigabyte for making this possible ! Ty gamer nexus! Awsome to see

  8. Dallas Roberts

    Dallas Roberts

    2 ngày trước

    I really like this type of video! Thanks!!

  9. benbmusic88


    2 ngày trước

    Loving these factory tours!

  10. TreborSelt


    2 ngày trước

    I've never been both so vehemently fascinated and absolutely terrified lol

  11. x-illusion-x


    3 ngày trước

    Do you think Corsair may have been miffed by the fact that you mentioned the 9700k but the add graphic clearly showed the i9-9900k? It's nit picking Iknow but you would think this may be importent for sponsers.

  12. BangDroid


    3 ngày trước

    Now this is tech journalism!

  13. Pixel Dust

    Pixel Dust

    3 ngày trước

    before that...ZZZZZZZZ

  14. Colin


    4 ngày trước

    have you done any tours of legit PCB factories? I thought a motherboard factory would make it all and didn't think it would be from a separate facility. I t hought that was "making a motherboard" guess not though. Interesting.

  15. Colin


    4 ngày trước

    2:00 they slowed you down didnt they....

  16. Daniel Lopez

    Daniel Lopez

    4 ngày trước

    These factory vids are AWESOME every-time, Thanks man!

  17. morgan betsinger

    morgan betsinger

    4 ngày trước

    6:30 Is it just me or did the rocking keyboard while the tech was using it bother you as well?

  18. flipfloplogic


    4 ngày trước

    Thanks for the tour Steve! This was very interesting to watch. I've always wondered how mobos are made.



    4 ngày trước

    Gamers Nexus is truly the "PC Enthusiasts" channel.

  20. B4GG


    4 ngày trước

    It's actually mind blowing how fast these pick and place machines are.

  21. Jim Bond

    Jim Bond

    4 ngày trước

    How much do these people get paid?

  22. MrMegacurie


    4 ngày trước

    give him a hairnet

  23. Anodyne Melody

    Anodyne Melody

    4 ngày trước

    This was very interesting, @Gamers Nexus ! I'd love to see more videos like this, although I'm quite certain making them is a lot of work along with enduring extremely long flights! Do you even need to fly economy, or do you simply wave your arms outward and part the Pacific ocean and walk along the dry seafloor, eating mana and wriggling fish for sustenance along the way?

  24. Anodyne Melody

    Anodyne Melody

    4 ngày trước

    Fantastic video! Today I learned that Gigabyte not only designs its boards in Taiwan but manufactures them there, too! Which is one of many great reasons to buy Gigabyte boards, they're durable, well-built, and my money is going into the coffers of a friendly nation rather than helping a terrifying, authoritarian, rapidly-expanding military juggernaut spread its claws deeper into the Pacific.

  25. Shineinpoverty


    4 ngày trước

    Ah, Taiwan, best China.

  26. Kano


    5 ngày trước

    12:35 those placements of output protectors is a skill in itself.

  27. thec4ke


    5 ngày trước

    These are awesome, I'd love to see more factory tours!

  28. Dezember


    5 ngày trước

    What happens to the boards that does not pass QC or rather fail during testing?

  29. Ben Wa Balls

    Ben Wa Balls

    5 ngày trước

    Dude they should of made you wear a hair net, no one wants a new MOBO with one of your pubes twisted around it ;)

  30. pizzafrenzyman


    5 ngày trước

    I'm pretty sure I saw one of my future motherboards being shipped at 13:04

  31. MrWazzup987


    5 ngày trước

    My dad used to some thing like this for ibm when he worked in braising

  32. Matchlesmage0


    5 ngày trước

    He needs a hair net

  33. komeon


    5 ngày trước

    mmm That fresh out of the box but at mega levels new tech smell! Geek heaven!

  34. Kis Jorgensen

    Kis Jorgensen

    6 ngày trước

    Psssst! Hairnet Steve, bad boy.

  35. Pedro Rotoli

    Pedro Rotoli

    6 ngày trước

    The machine uses a stencil to place the solder paste, not a screen ;)

  36. gertjan van der meij

    gertjan van der meij

    6 ngày trước

    12:49 ..... Did you get one of those boxes , as a present ? ;-)

  37. Truth


    6 ngày trước

    that keyboard lean at 6:32 triggered me

  38. BloodyIron


    6 ngày trước

    Okay that was really neat!

  39. Peter Yen

    Peter Yen

    6 ngày trước

    Did you need a blue hat?

  40. Zsolt Molnár

    Zsolt Molnár

    6 ngày trước

    why so many MSI mentions in a Gigabyte factory video?

  41. mrmichaelmw


    6 ngày trước

    Wow i though mobos were made by hands

  42. Designer Gaming

    Designer Gaming

    6 ngày trước

    Before that, this video is brought to you b--pause--skips--unpause.

  43. Kanan


    6 ngày trước

    Graphics cards maybe interesting too.

  44. 3DVision Gamer

    3DVision Gamer

    6 ngày trước

    Hey Bro, u need to wear a hairnet in there.

  45. Chris Van Middelkoop

    Chris Van Middelkoop

    6 ngày trước

    This was so cool. I love factory tours. I found it so interesting their testing setups. A+ video.

  46. codycast


    6 ngày trước

    Shame that these factories can’t be done in the US. Since there isn’t a lot of human labor not sure why it’d be that much more to do here. I’d GLADLY pay a lot more for products not made in China (Taiwan is less bad for sure but still)

  47. Aaron Hollenbeck

    Aaron Hollenbeck

    6 ngày trước

    did you say 9700K during the corsair One ad? isnt it a 9900K?

  48. maladjust59


    6 ngày trước

    Great video! More like this please!

  49. Felipe Spengler

    Felipe Spengler

    6 ngày trước

    Dude, your content is so good, it's ridiculous. Kudos!

  50. childrolland


    6 ngày trước

    K120 is testing - self explanatory :)

  51. Sami Rantanen

    Sami Rantanen

    7 ngày trước

    Will there be a video about daughter boards?

    • Gadget :p

      Gadget :p

      4 ngày trước

      Yes, but only After the motherboard and fatherboard have been joined together for a while 😂😂😂

  52. Chris Vance

    Chris Vance

    7 ngày trước

    Several times during the video you mentioned MSI, such as the Godlike motherboard. Does this factory produce both Gigabyte and MSI parts?

  53. camilo8cheryl


    7 ngày trước

    get me some nice yamaha scooters there and milk tea! :)

  54. Sean DeMarco

    Sean DeMarco

    7 ngày trước

    Disgusting. Killing jobs continues.

  55. himynameistim


    7 ngày trước

    Where is this factory? You said the name but I can't spell it to save my life.

  56. Mike Papou

    Mike Papou

    7 ngày trước

    Looks like garage of uncle Lao

  57. himynameistim


    7 ngày trước

    These machines are so amazing.

  58. Natty Fatty Powerlifting

    Natty Fatty Powerlifting

    7 ngày trước

    13:00 that tape is so satisfying

  59. ShadowPBPBC


    7 ngày trước

    that's pretty cool, ^5 way to go gigabyte thanks for letting this video be made, my first custom built computer i used a ga6ba440bx that worked great with a celeron 333 and later a pentium2 450

  60. Justin 3

    Justin 3

    7 ngày trước

    Can I just get a blank PCB for like $20-$30?

  61. Batscat


    7 ngày trước

    Ever thought about cutting your hair?

  62. Rospin Casocl

    Rospin Casocl

    7 ngày trước

    Why is it so incredible satisfying to watch fully automated processes?!?!

  63. Jesse Gunter

    Jesse Gunter

    7 ngày trước

    I work at a PCB factory, we got a lot of the same SMT line machines. NXT, Eberhard, etc. Solder pots, relay machines, connector machines, wiring harnesses, all sorts of fun stuff.

  64. stakimaN


    7 ngày trước

    Very interesting! Thanks!



    7 ngày trước

    Would love to see EVGA factory

  66. matthew robbins

    matthew robbins

    7 ngày trước

    An awesome video, thanks Steve!

  67. Raul M.

    Raul M.

    7 ngày trước

    2:11 "service mount components" really?

  68. ClutchUpCody


    7 ngày trước

    Gtx 1660 CONFIRMED!

  69. kosmic dust

    kosmic dust

    7 ngày trước

    awesome vid thaanxxxxxxxx !!!

  70. Gaber Ravhekar

    Gaber Ravhekar

    7 ngày trước

    Awesome video.Best tech channel on youtube.

  71. RepsUp100


    7 ngày trước

    Thanks for being the most PC hardware informative channel ever

  72. Duane Ransom

    Duane Ransom

    7 ngày trước

    Dude I TRIPLE DOUBLE DOG DARE Y'ALL to visit the FoxConn Plant in China, do some investigating into the 'Factory of *Death* '. Nah don't do that, I love your videos and would like to have you guys around for a much longer time. :)

  73. Nikola Sokac

    Nikola Sokac

    7 ngày trước

    Hey, I found some hairs in my Gigabyte box. Thought it's from some hot lady from assembly line but not so sure anymore. Dreams ruined

  74. ShuLauGaming


    7 ngày trước

    12:35 GTX1660

  75. Bearded Hardware

    Bearded Hardware

    7 ngày trước

    Great Video Steve.. Ive been offered to go many times over the years... just never went... lol... quite enjoyable.. tech odin out.. hahah

  76. spongeyperson


    7 ngày trước

    Everytime i see one of these videos, i play the How it's made theme song in my head xD

  77. Nik Walker

    Nik Walker

    7 ngày trước

    "Sweet dreams are made of this". The sound would fit somehow during the manufacturing process.

  78. Hardcore El mas que la monta

    Hardcore El mas que la monta

    7 ngày trước

    I wonder how much money that factory is worth

  79. Jmac


    7 ngày trước

    Very cool

  80. Whatt Every

    Whatt Every

    7 ngày trước

    I knew it, that MOBOs were printed. 🤓



    7 ngày trước

    Gtx 1660 non Ti? Wow

  82. Masi Lindbäck

    Masi Lindbäck

    7 ngày trước

    The amount of time and effort you put to these is insane! Enjoyed the video, thank you for posting this.

  83. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill

    7 ngày trước

    No hair net required?

  84. MrCP


    7 ngày trước

    i want 1 of each machine. Now to learn how to build the fucking thing.

  85. Dtarchon


    7 ngày trước

    Wow. Just imagine all the work/money that went into setting up this operation.

  86. TheTrueSlushy


    7 ngày trước

    that's funny that gigabyte would use other brands' peripherals

  87. Nick Pop

    Nick Pop

    7 ngày trước

    I thought it was forbidden to upload porn on youtube. Thanks for this video. Loved it

  88. Unfortunately Rob

    Unfortunately Rob

    7 ngày trước

    Dou cao chen Gigabyte Motherboard???

  89. Kurdish Elite

    Kurdish Elite

    7 ngày trước

    Too much talk

  90. Ͳ


    7 ngày trước

    Hearing how many motherboards they make just makes me sad knowing they, and all the other mobo manufacturers, only produce shit tier matx boards. All it would take is ONE of them to put out a nice matx board with nice vrms and they'd have the matx market (til the others caught on and jumped into it, if they did). MATX should be the standard (because what standard setup needs more than 2x 2slot PCIe GPUs?), Full ATX should be a limited enthusiast line only. Change my mind.

  91. sparkyenergia


    7 ngày trước

    Knowing that Gigabyte is pretty happy to do factory tours. I thought to myself 'If Gamers Nexus put up a gigabyte factory tour then its safe to say no new platforms (Ryzen 3000!) are coming to market in the next couple of months. So I'm disappointed you were able to make this video.

  92. Long John

    Long John

    7 ngày trước

    None of this is anything new to me (I've been an EE for 26 years) but it is interesting to see the exact same motherboard I'm using right now being manufactured

  93. Troy Smith

    Troy Smith

    7 ngày trước

    do they make different motherboards in one day or is in mobo x, gpu x, mobo y, gpu y

  94. Stoopingcrane


    7 ngày trước

    If I was quality control I would have been chasing Steve with a hairnet lol, what a clean room nightmare

  95. TheRealLink


    7 ngày trước

    Wow Awesome! Thank you for taking the time to bring us a unique and semi-rarely seen perspective inside!

  96. RokyBanana


    7 ngày trước

    Cool! Conveying the feeling "like a kid in a candy store" perfectly ^^

  97. Kjeld Schouten

    Kjeld Schouten

    7 ngày trước

    Shame you where forced to include so much marketing: "Skilled workers" Statement about fumes... and so on. This are formally "unskilled workers" to western standards and fume extraction is nothing note worthy.

    • Kjeld Schouten

      Kjeld Schouten

      7 ngày trước

      +Jesper Andersen Yes its almost always part of the deal. Either go with our PR or don't make the video. Basically forced...

    • Jesper Andersen

      Jesper Andersen

      7 ngày trước


  98. skaltura


    7 ngày trước

    Very interesting, but this was very hard to follow. You need to practice presenting this kind of information, there needs to be pauses etc to follow you. I had to go back several times to catch what was going on.

  99. Mark Hsieh

    Mark Hsieh

    7 ngày trước

    Made in Taiwan!!!

  100. Santino Joshua Torre

    Santino Joshua Torre

    7 ngày trước

    you'd think the one guy that tests the mobo's would have a better keyboard. look at that thing wobble! haha. excellent coverage as always, steve!

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