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Which MOBO is Better?

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January 28, 2011 12:14:24 PM

Asus M4A87TD-EVO
ASRock 880GM-LE
Asus M4A88T-M

I am building a new rig and I had unexpected expenses which made me postpone buying the GTX 460 so no video card for the meantime.

The 2 Asus boards overclocks like demons and has a lot of awesome features BUT does not have Integrated Graphics which I will need since I have no video card for the moment.
But the ASRock board has Integrated Graphics and is the cheapest but I'm not sure it performs well.

What do you think good folks?
Get better board now BUT play later
Get less better board BUT play now

Please click the links and correct me if I am wrong (Sorry, It's my first time to build a rig)


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January 28, 2011 12:32:27 PM

and BTW I am only limited to buying in the local stores (Can't buy from net)
So there are very narrow hardware choices.

Thank you all for your answers!
January 28, 2011 12:48:19 PM

the Asus M4A88T-M/USB3 also have integrated graphics, it is written in there website

so , from these choices i will pick the Asus M4A88T-M/USB3

are you sure that you are only considering these mobos ...?
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January 28, 2011 1:03:11 PM

What would you like your system to do?
Integrated graphics are hardly good at anything but you would be able to play low resolution games with settings on low (depending on game and current cpu) and they are good enough to play dvd's and some blu-rays (at least it says so) but do not expect stellar performance

btw the Asus M4A88T-M/USB3 you posted has intergrated graphics as well
Integrated ATI Radeon™ HD 4250 GPU
- Supports HDMI™ Technology with max. resolution up to 1920 x 1080
- Supports Dual-link DVI with max. resolution up to 2560x1600 @60Hz
- Supports D-Sub with max. resolution 2048x1536 @85Hz
- Hybrid CrossFireX™ Support
- Dual independent displays support with HDMI / DVI and D-Sub
- Supports DirectX 10.1, OpenGL 2.0, Shader Model 4.1, Universal Video Decoder (UVD) 2.0
- Hardware Decode Acceleration for H.264,VC-1, and MPEG-2
- Maximum shared memory of 1GB

While the ASRock 880GM-LE has
- Integrated AMD Radeon HD 4250 graphics
- DX10.1 class iGPU, Shader Model 4.1
- Max. shared memory 512MB
- Dual VGA Output: Support DVI-D and D-Sub ports by independent display controllers
- Supports Dual-link DVI with max. resolution up to 2560x1600 @ 75Hz
- Supports D-Sub with max. resolution up to 2048x1536 @ 85Hz
- Supports HDCP function with DVI-D port
- Supports Full HD 1080p Blu-ray (BD) / HD-DVD playback with DVI-D port

So they would be able to but again I doubt you'll get any good performance out of them.

I would advise to wait until you have the cash to buy a proper gfx card unless you just want to play a few old games and watch some dvd's and surf the web.
I don't have any further experiences with the boards them self so try checking out some user reviews to make up your mind.
January 29, 2011 1:05:14 AM

Ok since the Asus M4A88T-M has integrated graphics then the ASRock 880GM-LE is out of my list.

One Final question.
The Asus M4A87TD-EVO
The Asus M4A88T-M

January 29, 2011 7:36:58 AM

the M4A88T-M/USB3 is better in specs from what i see in there website

note that the M4A88T-M/USB3 is uATX = MicroATX form and it has 1 PCIe 16x slot

so you can install only 1 graphics card , no SLI or Crossfire. in fact the 2 mobos have one PCIe 16x slot
a c 103 à CPUs
a b U Graphics card
January 29, 2011 10:21:40 AM

None of the boards can run 2 cards higher than 4X anyway so crossfire is out of the question on any of then