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March 12, 2006 4:35:05 PM

Rate Motherboard Manufacture..... Your Input Please

I would like your recommendations on motherboard manufactures. I have used MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte, DFI, Shuttle, ECS, Intel, Biostar, AOpen. From my experience MSI is the better quality motherboard. ECS has to be the worst quality motherboard (too many failures). What are your opinions :?:

:arrow: Best Reliable Board (AMD and Intel Platform)
Please provide the reasons you rate them from your experience

:trophy: 1

:lol:  2

:o  3

:oops:  4

:tongue: 5


:arrow: Best Game Board (AMD and Intel Platform)
Please provide the reasons you rate them from your experience

:trophy: 1

:lol:  2

:o  3

:oops:  4

:tongue: 5
March 12, 2006 6:58:05 PM

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Rate Motherboard Manufacture..... Your Input Please

I would like your recommendations on motherboard manufactures. I have used MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte, DFI, Shuttle, ECS, Intel, Biostar, AOpen. From my experience MSI is the better quality motherboard. ECS has to be the worst quality motherboard (too many failures). What are your opinions :?:

:arrow: Best Reliable Board (AMD and Intel Platform)
Please provide the reasons you rate them from your experience

:trophy: 1 Tyan S2895 there is no substitute

:lol:  2 ASUS A8N SLI Premium expensive but lots of features and quite reliable

:o  3 DFI UT-NF4 great OC board

:oops:  4 Epox + MSI decent value boards

:tongue: 5 Gigabyte + Foxconn = ok the others are better


:arrow: Best Game Board (AMD and Intel Platform)
Please provide the reasons you rate them from your experience

:trophy: 1 ASUS A8N SLI Premium expensive but lots of features and quite reliable

:lol:  2 DFI UT-NF4 great OC board

:o  3 Tyan S2895 there is no substitute

:oops:  4 Epox + MSI decent value boards

:tongue: 5 Gigabyte + Foxconn = ok the others are better



What kind of system ( s ) are you planning to build?

It's hard to make generalized recommendations.
March 12, 2006 7:06:26 PM

General question

Best Reliable Board: General computing, email, internet, office etc..

Best Game Board: High end gamer systems.

From my point MSI is one of the most reliable (not necessary performance wise).

Gamers, I'm not sure. I know most people like ASUS, and DFI.

We have a store and basically sell only MSI boards. But we are looking to expand our line. Reliability is always #1 but looking for another option for Performance and value.

Your inputs welcomed
:wink:
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March 12, 2006 8:11:10 PM

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General question

Best Reliable Board: General computing, email, internet, office etc..


Average use: ASUS A8N series, Epox, MSI, Foxconn, Gigabyte

I rarely see ASUS boards fail - it does happen however

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Best Game Board: High end gamer systems.


Gamer OC: DFI UT-nF4
Gamer NON-OC: ASUS A8N series

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From my point MSI is one of the most reliable (not necessary performance wise).

Gamers, I'm not sure. I know most people like ASUS, and DFI.


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We have a store and basically sell only MSI boards. But we are looking to expand our line. Reliability is always #1 but looking for another option for Performance and value.



Server boards: Tyan S28xx and S38xx series, Supermicro AMD64

Keep in mind tho these are general comments every MFG releases duds every now and then including all the majors and all the ones mentioned in my comments.

If reliability is the name of the game see if you can obtain / borrow / steal newegg's defective / return statistics for each brand / motherboard family.

Lower end motherboards from any MFG tend to suck.

Stick with nF4 chipsets and you should experience fewer problems.

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Your inputs welcomed
:wink:
March 12, 2006 9:51:11 PM

We've had great results with Foxconn boards, both from performance and reliability. We use and sell more of their boards than any other. We do OK with MSI and Gigabyte as secondary and tertiary boards. I know people in these forums think Asus is mythical, but our experience with them was not great, and we pretty much stopped using their boards about 1 1/2 to 2 years ago. Most of our customers are not big gamers or overclockers, so we rarely use DFI as they are typically pricey, and only offer a 1 year warranty. I'd put Foxconn's quality up against anyone, except Fujitsu-Siemens, who in my opinion make the best motherboards that can be had. They are quite expensive and we only use them when reliability is of the utmost importance and price is not an issue.
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