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What company would you choose it when it comes to new motherboard?

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  1. arnold_al_qadr

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    Gigabyte..
     
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    I will only answer if I know a reason for the question. :)
     
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    AsRock and Gigabyte. Asus if you get one of their ROG or TUF boards. But AsRock and Gigabyte are doing really well right now.
     
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    I've had more bad experiences than good with MSI. Aside from MSI, for me it comes down to the individual boards and prices.
     
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    First I look at feature list. When features are the same, I'll often pick MSI above anything else.
     
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    All 3 brands have very good high end boards as lot's of people have attested to, so it depends on what you personally want from your money.

    I used to be Asus through and through until about 3 years ago and have been with Gigabyte since then though my last board put me off them a bit with their SHITTY hybrid UEFI bios which caused me no end of instability and was a complete bitch to roll back to legacy bios.

    That said I am running an entry level Z77 Giga board atm and so far I have had no issues with it aside from it's lack of overclocking ability (which is to be expected for entry level anyway so it's more of a non-issue) but if you're not looking at high end and are looking are more mid-market/low end I would rather go with Asus or Gigabyte than MSI or Asrock on past experience alone.
     
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    I've only had experience with ABIT with ASUS boards in my rigs, never failed. Hope I can make the same statement in future about UD3 I'm using right now. Luckily going strong too, no issues so far
     
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    Price point really is important. A lot of the big brands put out utter crap below $150.
     
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    Yup same here,

    Never had any luck with MSI or Giga and cannot just believe there just no good at mid\low range boards. Never had luck with Giga back in 2k and before either..

    Try try one of there boards every so often though..
     
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    People seem to think that Foxconn manufacturing the board means they designed it. Foxconn manufacturers a lot of things for other 3rd party manufacturers, the quality depends on the specs the company tells Foxconn to use, Foxconn has nothing to do with the quality in the end.

    The high end Intel boards are good, but anything other than the top end totally sucks, so I wouldn't bother using them and I'm not sad to see them go. The majority of the boards they made were total junk.
     
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    I think a thread like this would have been served better with a POLL, just my honest opinion though...
     
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    I personally don't think threads like this serve much purpose at all. The majority of motherboards sold don't have problems. A majority of customers don't post on tech forums such as this one and if/when they do it's more likely to be because of a problem rather than for praise. Then you have folks who buy low-end/cheap boards from "whatever" company and complain that they can't get enough gigahurtz out of their 'puters. The only real way to tell is through facts of what actual return rates are and that isn't really available. I'm sure they're all pretty close.
     
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    Gigabyte AMD and Intel boards
     
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    I like Gigabyte and MSI. ASRock is tempting, though.
     
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    I think this is true most of the time. I don't tend to go cheap with motherboards anymore and ever since I've never had a problem. It's actually pretty rare that I will get a defective part in general. More often than not, the only thing that tends to fail on my machines lately are hard drives and in the past I've had some pretty bad luck with a HannsG monitor (4 RMAs later and it still has problems...)
     
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    We may not be able to get current return rates but we can see feature sets for a price point. Asus, GB, and MSI are all known for having much more limited overclocking options on their lower boards. This is why I said price point is important. I remember the disaster that was the P8P67 LE. Many bought it expecting it to be a normal "budget" (despite costing like $150) board that could still clock well and give you decent options like prior generations had and like you'd get from AsRock or Biostar. Instead they got a board that artificially hid bios options it was perfectly capable of implementing and made them only available if you overclocked with SOFTWARE. I know MSI also outright gave up and stopped fixing bugs on their sub $150 MSI P67 boards as well. You don't need to know the return rates to know some brands are crap at a certain price point.

    Know your price point, look at the features and reviews (users) for boards in that range, and be wary of brands that artificially gimp products to make you pay $100 more for a few extra ports and a proper bios.
     
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    ^ THIS. My EVGA board had horrible reviews on newegg.ca because of the BIOS, yet 6 months later when i actually put together my 3570K rig the BIOS had come miles from where it was in Nov 2012. IMO its one of the most solid, feature rich boards i have ever owned ( i've also owned a Gigabyte EP45 DS4P was a decent mid/low high end board as as well).

    That being said my Asrock Z68M/USB 3 is about the lowest priced Z68 board there is feature wise. I actually had the good ppl here at TPU steer me towards that board as there was nothing even close to it price/performance wise as everything else was P67 or H67 based at that price point.

    The only board i have had fail in the last 6 years was an Asus B75, first one was DOA and 2nd died within 6 months. I have since moved my friend to a MSI B75 based board and im super impressed with MSI's UEFI BIOS. Much cleaner and more organized than my AsRock's UEFI BIOS.
     
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    Intel high end boards are good and also the low end ones are pretty good better than what other companies offer in my opinion much more stable than competitors at the low price point, I have personally used Intel Boards from the Value, Essential, classic, Executive, Media and Extreme Series for over 13 Years to date none of the boards are dead yet they still work pretty well

    on the other hand i have used other brands too, and in recent times the last two years I have assembled machines for other clients using Gigabyte P67 which is now totally dead, Gigabyte H61 now totally dead and Gigabyte Z77 that died in less than 6 months, i have since moved the clients to Intel Motherboards In Media and Extreme series they are very happy.


    Intel Boards don't necessarily have lots of features but they get the Job done pretty well eg like the Intel DZ68BC Extreme series board i have In my rig running a BIOS 003x which has Intel ME issue but the Board itself is stable, with Intel boards you can brick the BIOS and still get it to work and stable even with the broken bios.

    They might not be the best overclocks out there but they get the job done and stable at that eg With the DZ68BC i run the i7-3770 non K at 4.3GHz on stock cooler and has been stable for 11 months now, my intention was not to overclock a non K chip but then i realized it cold do it pretty easy .
     
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    Asrock IMO/IME.

    The Extreme I'm using now, has been running 24/7 365 for just short of 2 years now, and not A single Hiccup. Cleans well, PCB strength is great, Fan plugs,capacitors,and all other Plugs, and mounts are very well secured. Also the Push button release heat sinks on the chip set are nice for Cleaning, IF they are in Your way.Only REAL beef with My board is the Lack of PS2 support for BOTH mouse and keyboard.Has a dual, but Doesn't seem to Work for Me,but it seems as though PS2 is on it's way out. Decent bundle of built in features, LAN, Dolby, UEFI, are all good. Not to mention NOT having to sink $300 on a Board JUST to have it be dependable, and versatile.

    The support, CAN be a issue depending on some factors. Their English Speaking staff were Few and FAR between when I had to RMA a DOA board, but after persistent communications, and patience, I was sent a new board WITH all accessories.Gb,Asus,MSI, All have something to offer, however, when I did My recent build Asrock had the MOST to offer @ a Lower price. For Me $ IS a Factor, and I'd rather use the Xtra on a GPU/CPU,etc. Warranty/quality/price. For ME in that Order when Shopping for a MoBo, or just about ANY other Component.

    good Luck.
     
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    Most of the low end Intel boards I've used have died within the year due too few CPU phases and poor quality caps, leading to caps popping. They are still using shitty electrolytic caps in the CPU power circuits on their boards, ffs! Sorry, but they can keep that crap.
     
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    ASRock,
     
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    Anymore, I only buy Intel boards. A-bit and DFI used to be favorites, I've never cared for ASUS or I guess I should say the ASUS premium. Nothing personal, I'm a tightwad.

    LC
     
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    Personally Gigabyte is my choice, only ever had 1 board go bad in 12yrs, beat that :)
     
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    Agree fully since the Op keeps assking half assed questions about next to nothing.
     
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    For me personal choice was:
    Intel: AsRock Extreme Series
    AMD: Gigabyte USB 3.0 with onboard GPU's like the HD4250 :rolleyes:

    Back in the day i had:
    Abit was my P2 200Mhz<-failed miserably
    Gigabyte GA-6BXC upgraded from 500Mhz P3 to P3 1,1Ghz (Board was designed for 650Mhz top) +dual Bios :rockout: -> board was a true legend!
    ASrock KVT4 don't know.. Athlon XP 2800 Mobile, my little overclocker :D
    Bios was total sht, mobo heatsink you could fry an egg on but refused to die till today!


    Biostar Tforce P965 with E6550 and then Q6600 as of now, (very) good overclocker with ultra weak power phases and hot running chipset (same heatsink as asrock :D)

    Gigabyte GA-880GM-UD2H USB 3.0 first time, supposedly AM3+, weak powerphase, Phenom 965BE from 2,6 easy to 3,4 with no heat from the cpu, just the chipset cooked almost :shadedshu

    Asrock Z77 Pro 4M (my only ever mATX board!)
    ASrock Z77 Extreme 4
    Both on Core i5 3570K 4,2Ghz with ease, just cool running and all solid caps, will last from my experience :wtf:

    I would say:
    Low end: Gigabyte or any other
    High End: Gigabyte and AsRock (buy a better board as hint!)
     
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