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

Discussion in 'Motherboards & Memory' started by saarxee, May 18, 2013.

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  1. michael

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    I did whole lot of research on Asus, I liked Asus maximus V formula a lot , but then again Maximus series does not have dual LAN Port onboard, to use 2nd as gateway, if you are an IT guy.
     
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    I would choose Gigabyte First and Asus Second. I don't consider MSI because I have always found their BIOS to be buggy and there components gimmicky. If I am looking for a 3rd contender it would be EVGA or AsRock.
     
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    Hmmm... Ive owned early MSI boards, Biostar boards but mainly Asus boards.

    Im more inclined to give MSI as ive been hearing a lot of talk floating around about how the standard of Asus's aftersales support has dropped.

    When dealing with RMA's it is always a dice roll whether you get a rep who wants to deal with your case or one thats had a rather bad day and really doesnt care at all for whatever problems you may be having.

    I say MSI because we have an MSI rep on the forums and if there are any issues I have with my MSI product, he is always there if i need him. Having an active rep on the forums is always a bonus as they can find out the status of an ongoing RMA if you havent heard anything for a while as well as possibly help sourcing replacement parts for older or newer MSI products.
     
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    Aquinus Resident Wat-man

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    This, this, this, and this. MSI's support has always been top notch in my past experience. :cool:
     
  5. Ikaruga

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    I know about the inhouse motherboard division(s) ofc, but I still have to disagree. I will try to find citation for you when I will have some time.
     
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    Asus

    Solid company, great support.
    I know some will say there terrible, but I have always been treated great when I have to deal with Asus.
     
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    I've had at least 6 AsRock boards and never had any problems...they always seems to have the right performance to value ratio.

    Although I will say that since the first one I bought, the 775Dual-VSTA, they have seemed to be drifting further away from high value and niche boards as their core products.
     
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    Ok, thanks for you patiance (I was 40 yesterday, so I wasn't really in the mood to stay front of the computer and look up these kind of things for you ;p )

    So they did make a lot of motherboards for Intel indeed, the internal team only made boards for development, research and testing . There were many offcial posts also, because of the suicides at foxconn, but I can't really find any of them anymore for some weird reason, only dead links sadly (like this one for example)
     
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    Let's hear it for ESC! LOL
     
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    I may be wrong but don't gigbyte test for intel?
     
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    Asus's boards are so overpriced it makes you feel stupid if you own one. Their low-end boards have crappy quality compared to Gigabyte's.

    Giga also sell their boards cheaper with more features.
     
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    Where is the Biostar love?

    Well I will continue to give Biostar the love as they have served me well. From socket A and each (AMD) generation up to my current rig. Sure my AM2+ rig is dated to some, but it's still pushing the pixels just fine for me. I imagine I will shop for another Biostar when I upgrade. :toast:
     
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    I would get ASUS. Most of my friends have Asus and me too. None of us faced any problem. I had my LAN chip fried due to a thunderstorm-They fixed it onsite within an hour.
    Gigabyte is also good but service is bad.
    And I have noticed, ASUS's and Gigabyte's PCB quality is the best. If you compare them with similarly priced MSI, ASRock you will see Asus's and Gigabyte's PCB are much thicker and their copper tracings also are much much thicker. Thicker copper tracings=More current tolerance=Less chances of circuit burning.
     
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    biostar is pretty good for money. but they can be a bit of hit and miss.
     
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    That has been my experience as well. Not an excellent board but it works and for the price they come at they're not too shabby. Got a great low end biostar am2+ board for a friend several years ago and put an AM3 Athlon x2 in it, while it needed a BIOS update, it will booted and posted but wouldn't boot into Windows until the BIOS was updated which prevented me from needing to putting my own AM2+ chip in it at the time which was nice. Worked pretty well IMHO.
     
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    This I can confirm although I've not handled many ASRock boards.
     
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    Hmm. And MSI and Asrock's PCB quality is same.
    Update: PCB quality of Foxconn boards are also very good. My HP laptop has a Foxconn board and I had one desktop board from them. Both are of excellent quality. And the thing is they still make consumer boards but they are hard to find.
    I overclocked my 90 nm Pentium 4 to 4.0 GHz using a Foxconn board and the stock cooler.
     
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    Asus uses below standard thickness for PCB, asus uses <1.5mm thick PCBs when ATX spec requires 1.57mm thickness. so no, they are not the best.

    ASRocks motherboard quality is the best in the market at the moment. ASUS and gigabyte too have good motherboards, but only the high end one or two are of good quality.
     
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    Were did you get these details from ?.. Any chance there is a list of others too ?
     
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    de.das.dude Pro Indian Modder

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    i was watching EEVBlog(electronics based channel) on youtube and he got a new setup and was explaining things, like the things are connected and such.

    you can check specs at http://www.formfactors.org/

     
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    Asus or Gigabyte

    I've had bad luck with MSI boards, and they occasionally make spurious claims/performance exaggerations. While they all sometimes have over-zealous advertising departments, MSI's crosses the line more than the other two. Had great luck with Asus, but Gigabyte's boards are looking better all the time.
     
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    I have experience with ASUS and Gigabyte. I haven't purchased MSI, but people I know who have say they are very hit-and-miss when it comes to quality.


    I would put ASUS above Gigabyte when it comes to my personal preference. I've bought two ASUS boards. The coloration did not match with the manuals, but the products both functioned well.

    Gigabyte crams in a lot of features. They act as though these extra features will make-up for the occasional defects. I've owned three Gigabyte boards, and worked on a fourth. My experience is that 3/4 boards have at least one feature that is defective. Of those defects two have needed to be returned. Let's remove the socket 2011 board (I'm feeling charitable, but realistically I've returned it more than 4 times so I'm considering this a trash design), and you're still left with 2/3 of the boards having failure, and 1/2 of these failures being critical. When you've got that high of a defect rate either engineering needs to get their crap together, you need to choose better component manufacturers, or QA needs a boot to the arse.


    So, yes ASUS has a price premium. Yes, Gigabyte has more features. If it were me, a 10% price premium would pay for itself when you don't have to return the board.

    On to a more general topic, AsRock is a decent company. They regularly sell for 10-15% less than competing brands with the same features. You generally have to get an RMA out of the gate, but they are quick about it (with the RMAs always, in my experience, working 100% when you get them back). You end up paying a little more than competing brands charge out of the gate, but you've got a large fully functional feature set. Assuming that AsRock could get a handle on DOA materials they'd be my choice hands down. As it stands now, they aren't a worse alternative than the competition.
     
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    A minute of silence for good old ABIT which isn't here with us today....

    +1 on warranty terms. I usually ask my local store which company gives the best warranty terms and deals with RMA quickly and go for that.
    I actually considered EFI maturity back when it was a new thing but I guess thats not the issue with current stuff.
     
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    You named the three best MOBO manufacturers out there...The choice is preference on what you want to spend and what you want on the MOBO not brand.
     
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    tigger I'm the only one

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    Asrock/Asus, never had any issues with either.
     

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