Best motherboard brand
Posted 08 June 2007 - 02:58 AM
Posted 08 June 2007 - 07:58 AM
To me one brand isn't better then the other, there will always be lemons in the bunch no matter what you do. Others will have different oppinions on this due to past bad/good experiences with the companies. But like I said there will always be lemons that can't be avoided.
Posted 08 June 2007 - 05:38 PM
As a couple of examples:
Asrock boards - budget Asus boards. Usually dirt cheap, some are better than others, most tend to last no longer than three or four years. Some overclock really well but others are too strict on forcing you to work in a certain fashion and won't talk to you otherwise. Asus boards tend to be, as of late, going down the Asrock route in terms of quality.
Abit boards - use higher quality components, at slightly higher price. Tend not to be all that overclockable in the real world but they're relatively reliable.
MSI boards look cheap, are cheap and have always been seen as a budget brand. They tend to source cheap components which mean the boards die sooner, but they are often found in mid-range OEM machines like Packard Bell, for example.
ECS boards used to be really fussy little beggers about what types of memory they'd talk to, what type of graphics they'd talk to... They tend not to be all that configurable in the BIOS.
Gigabyte boards are seen as a big-brand name, but some of their AM2 range still doesn't support the full range of processors available on that platform.
Foxconn/Winfast boards are commonly seen in OEM machines re-packaged as something else. They're generally reliable though Foxconn have made real turkeys of some boards that are common complaints online and no official word. One of their Socket 754 boards we were doing as standard at work had real issues that seemed to develop the longer the boards were in actual use. Eventually had to stop using them as they eventually stopped working out of the box.
Posted 09 June 2007 - 01:24 AM
Posted 09 June 2007 - 01:58 AM
good luck on whatever you choose.
Posted 09 June 2007 - 10:17 AM
Posted 10 June 2007 - 12:21 AM
Edited by the kazman, 10 June 2007 - 01:30 AM.
Posted 10 June 2007 - 09:59 AM
The reason why I don't support a motherboard with only DDR3 support is because......well take a look at the prices.
This is the only online set I can find that are currently selling and they are out of stock.
Posted 10 June 2007 - 10:20 AM
Having said that, when they do break, getting them warranty returned is an absolute pain in the butt if you can pull it off at all.
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