The ASUS Z690 Maximus Hero Motherboard has been recalled

If you’ve really built your own PC, you’ve probably came across ASUS as a prospective motherboard brand during your study. Unfortunately, if you recently built a PC and purchased the ASUS Z690 Maximus Hero motherboard, you should be aware of this recall.

Following reports of the ASUS Z690 Maximus Hero motherboard catching fire, the manufacturer has declared that it will be recalled and replaced. Users who have the motherboard have reported hearing popping sounds, burning electrical odours, and system shutdowns.

According to YouTuber Buildzoid of Actually Hardcore Overclocking, one of the motherboard’s capacitors was placed improperly, which is what’s creating the problems. As a result, ASUS will issue a recall and replace the motherboards.

“In our ongoing investigation, we have preliminarily identified a potential reversed memory capacitor issue in the production process from one of the production lines that may cause debug error code 53, no post, or motherboard components damage. The issue potentially affects units manufactured in 2021 with the part number 90MB18E0-MVAAY0 and serial number starting with MA, MB, or MC.”, in a statement posted onto Facebook.

They add, “As of December 28, 2021, there have been a few incidents reported in North America. Going forward, we are continuing our thorough inspection with our suppliers and customers to identify all possible affected ROG Maximus Z690 Hero motherboards in the market and will be working with relevant government agencies on a replacement program.”