I am trying to find a mobo for a new build, and I've essentially got it down to 4 or 5.
I wanted to ask and see which of these boards you would recommend as the best. They're all using the 890FX chipset, so they're all pretty new and don't have many reviews. The main differences between these is the number of x16 PCI-e slots. I possibly will crossfire in the future, but I'm thinking I don't really need more than 2 PCI-e slots.
I'm in the same boat as you. I was thinking the Asus Crosshair IV at first but it seems like the MSI and Gigabyte boards are pretty similar in performance but cheaper by $30-$50 which can go toward a good video card. From what I've read it seems like Gigabyte and Asus are the best with MSI moving up with their 890fx board. I am certainly no expert though. My main question would be which board is best for a novice getting into overclocking? It looks like the Crosshair and the MSI board can overclock with the push of a button....not sure that the other boards have this feature though.
Yeah, the MSI looks like it has the most features, but the Gigabyte has more reviews. Personally, I like the darker colors of the MSI board . But right now they're both essentially the same price, right?
The Crosshair looks very very high-end. I don't feel like I need that since I'm not an extreme overclocker either. This would be my first overclocked system if I build it.
But yeah, compared to the number of reviews I found on the Crosshair there's not much out there yet for these two boards. Can you link a couple of the Gigabyte reviews you've found? I can't find anything on that yet.
Saint19, any particular reason you like the Gigabyte (and the ASUS) over the MSI?
ASUS and Gigabyte was the 1st in comes out with the OC buttons in the mobo, and specially for Gigabyte for two amazing words: "Dual Bios"
ASUS and Gigabyte are pure overclokers mobos, even, if u see many of the OC contest works with ASUS and Gigabyte (usually Gigabyte). Both ASUS and Gigabyte are quality, reliability and performance. I'M NOT saying that MSI don't have that features, in fact, i'm running a MSI mobo with my X4 955, but for time in the business ASUS and Gigabyte are much better that MSI.
Why I choose the Gigabyte and ASUS over the MSI?, The Gigabyte mobo can delivered the same or better performance that the MSI 890FXA-GD70 with a less price and the ASUS has the same price that the MSI, but for quality I prefer ASUS.
Like I say up, I'm not saying that MSI is bad, I'm just saying that if u have the possibility and the money to go with Gigabyte or ASUS is a better choose.
The MSI one has more PCI-e 2.0 x16 slots (5) while the Gigabyte only has 2, plus an x8 and a x4. Plus the MSI looks better.
But I guess then it comes down to build quality and technologies. I don't think many of us will use more than 2 PCI-e slots anyway.
I've been looking online and most people seem to trust Gigabyte more for quality (which is essentially the most important point for me right now).
It has more 5 star reviews on Newegg and seems to be better quality. So maybe I'll just have to sacrifice good looks for quality. I think that's more important.
I assume I won't ever have a need for more than 2 PCI-e 2.0 slots.