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what was your favorite motherboard ever?

Discussion in 'Motherboards & Memory' started by cdawall, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. cdawall where the hell are my stars

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    just curious what everyones favorite motherboard of all time?

    mine was the Asus Crosshair II formula last good nvidia board 780A :)

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    i like my current 775 mobo..its the best mobo i have ever bought EP45-DS4P
     
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    So far is the one I'm using right now, the good old Gigabyte EP45-UD3P

    -No problems, no Nothing~!
    -Bios is really good too.

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    Mine would have to be the Abit NF7 - S

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    Gotta be my current (maximus formula )as every thing is were it should be even a PCI slot above the PCI-16 slot. Although i do love my KN8 too except it don't have all the options that the max mobo has and still lives today.
     

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  6. cdawall where the hell are my stars

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    It's always the first board what come's to mind when asked the kind of question what's in this opening post/title header :toast:
     
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    Asus P5Q-E. Loved that baby, even more than my X58.

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    Original Rampage Extreme / Maximus Formula
     
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    I've never used one, and most likely won't ever afford to, but it's just so damn sexy :rolleyes:
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    Well, there was the FIC-PT2003 I had back in 95 or 96. I started with a Pentium 75 in that, then graduated to a 133 which I overclocked to 166 with some rearrangement of jumpers. I made sure to order it with the pipelined burst cache slot populated for best performance. ;P That one will always hold a place in my heart as the first PC that was really "mine". Tore up some serious Duke Nukem 3D with it and my S3 Trio 64 video card.

    Then there was the Abit IT5H. Put a Pentium 200MMX in that puppy. The fact that I could overclock it jumperlessly was HUGE. I think this was the board I had when the original 50 megapixel 3DFX cards were the thing to have if you were a serious gamer. That was GLQuake's heyday.

    After that I had a Pentium II 300 (which I upgraded to a 450 in very short order) in a Soyo motherboard (I think it was something like the 6YBA+). Man those Soyo boards were flaky. Wouldn't wish them on anybody. Saw at least 4 of them fail.

    Then I got my first Asus motherboard. That was a CUSL3, running a P3 733.

    That lasted until my first P4, which ran at 2 GHz on another Asus board...the designation of which escapes me at the moment.

    But then I got a 3.2 GHz P4 and ran it on a P4P800.

    Which hung on a good while, until I upgraded to a 2.2GHz Pentium Dual Core E2200 modestly overclocked to 2.64 GHz in an MSI 945 Neo5-F. The total cost of that upgrade was about $178. It wasn't the highest quality or highest performance setup out there but I definitely got my money's worth and then some. Not only that but the board was trim and a very fashionable red. It lasted a good two and a half YEARS, delivering satisfactory performance for a very long time. It's a real contender considering my satisfaction with it while I was using it.

    Yesterday I got my newest setup. It's a Gigabyte P55-USB3 rev 2.0 with an i3-530. It's running at stock now, and is a modest processor for the times but the leap in performance is HUGE. I have a real expectation of getting this thing over 3.6 GHz without putting another dime into it and of course I'm really happy with it. For a hundred dollar motherboard it certainly has all the trimmings.

    But still, I can't help but think back to how happy I was with so many previous motherboards at the time I was actually using them. The PT2003 (ironically named considering it was 1995 or 96) was an excellent performer for the time and the IT5H was the stuff of legend. The Soyo boards are right out, but the CUSL3 that followed was really nice. I played a LOT of UT2003 on that motherboard and visually it ran as well as it would today...just at a lower resolution of course. The motherboard for my P2 was a little forgettable, but the P4P800 lasted years and continued service thereafter when I gave it to my uncle. (He upgraded straight to a 12 GB triple channel i7-920 monster once it became available. The maniac.) And, of course, the MSI board was really nice up until my recent upgrade (even if I was distressed to find one of its capacitors bulging a little and threatening a leak after I took it out of the case.)

    I mean in absolute terms this Gigabyte board owns up and down...but for the times? Damn tough call.
     
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    @Graogrim - Seem's you can't pick one favourite :p
     
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    M2F :rockout:

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    Exactly. Clearly what I have now is the best I've ever had, but that isn't really the question, is it?

    Aha! I remembered the motherboard I used for that 2 GHz Northwood--the Asus P4C. It was ok but I got it mainly on brand strength rather than it being a really superior motherboard. The P4P800 blew it away.
     
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    I absolutely loved the DFI Blood-Iron T2RL:

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    Pitty I had to flash it with a modded bios that didn´t work and so it died.
     
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    This should be called the MILF (motherboard I'd like to fuck) thread :p
     
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  18. Graogrim New Member

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    Here's a little slideshow (fixed a few names that I'd misremembered while I was at it):

    FIC PT-2003 & Abit IT5H:
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    Soyo 6BA+IV & Asus CUSL2:
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    Asus P4B & P4P800:
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    MSI-7236 & The Precious (GA-P55-USB3):
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    In terms of visual appeal the last two are the clear winners. Hmm...fire engine red or cool ocean blue?
     
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    MSI-7236 & The Precious (GA-P55-USB3)
     
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    My favorite and first 775 board was the ABIT NI8 SLI board!!!

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    My current. I've had plenty of nice boards but they always had one issue or another, this thing has been flawless.

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    Abit BE6. Awesome overclocker, had 4 IDE ports.


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    Abit NF7-S - Need I really say anything more??

    AsRock DualSata 2 - Budget board, I know, but it was VERY stable and well. It was exactly what I needed (modern board, cheap, AGP and PCI-E) and it was dirt cheap and overclocked suprisingly well. Through a addon board you could put an AM2 and DDR2 in there as well. :p

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    Gigabype EP45-UD3P. I love this thing.
     
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    The one im using now atm is my favourite so far :D

    ASUS P6T7 WS

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    Do you even ask?

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    For me, BEST BOARD EVER.
     

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