I just got a business customer that wants me to build a couple dozen systems for him over the next year. Since he ships them all over the world to run their instrument controller program I need a reliable motherboard. I really like MSI these days, I used to like ECS, and I definitely don't want to mess with ASUS anymore they've gone down hill too far. I'm not impressed with Biostar, or Elements, and I definitly don't want ANY PC Chips boards. Are there any other quality manufacturers out there to consider?
If it's for a business client, you really should go with a cheaper intel board. Stability, price = happier business client. Super-duper Performance is not usually a consideration when running office XP :-)
Intel makes the least troublesome boards by making boards that default to the most stable settings, instead of the fastest ones. Supermicro is favored by a lot of companies too. MSI would be a great choice if you simply used the default settings.
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Well, the client insists on an AMD CPU, and as much as Intel is in bed with Microsoft, I'd rather get someone elses chipset. Many people are wary of the VIA chipsets but for lower cost motherboards they are pretty much the only choice. I think the VIA chipsets have gotten better in the last 2 years as well. So if you throw out Intel and VIA chipsets what are you left with for an AMD CPU? The last Gigabyte board I bought shut off the power to the CPU fan when sleep mode kicked on or DOS mode was invoked, I doubt I'll ever get one of theirs again. Not too impressed with the Abit stories I've heard either...