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Message 965893 - Posted: 25 Jan 2010, 18:26:50 UTC

I have two Gigabyte boards. Very happy with both. Overclocking was a snap.



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Message 966014 - Posted: 26 Jan 2010, 12:43:27 UTC

Using all DFI right now, only a few problems with my M2R.

Originally used all ABIT, switched to DFI for 939's.

Least liked, most of them.....heh
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Message 966043 - Posted: 26 Jan 2010, 16:34:28 UTC - in response to Message 966014.  
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Hi, like them ASUS (2x P5E), only a (X38)chipset, no sound/graphics, only (Gigabit) ethernet, simple OC gear.
Mentioned before, is the time which they still are available, really is too short
Works for 3 years, 24/7, now.
Burned {and started a real fire} 1 Gigabyte(Xxxxx) with a P4DUAL (D820) 2.8GHz, while trying to OC it > 3.6GHz :( .
That sure is one way of 'learnin'
Keep 1 host, with a noisy graphics card (ATI HD5770)and PSU, plus an OC'ed Q6600 in my toilet..... PSU is full 420Watt (450Watt) loaded, so the fan is at 4800 RPM.
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Message 966142 - Posted: 27 Jan 2010, 12:38:36 UTC
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My first board was a fic it was ok until I fried the bios in a failed update.
I had a gigabute that was ok and but it failed for some reason.
I had an MSI that that would burn up the cpu and run real hot could not load the os due to overheat the amd cpu.
I had an epox that was good it just got old.
I had an xfx that was doa and the replacement was doa.
I had a couple of asrock and asus that were great and I use asus now.
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Message 966758 - Posted: 29 Jan 2010, 23:18:55 UTC

Currently using MSI P35 Platinums in 2 PCs...good solid boards and easy to O/C. A PC is not a must-have item in this house and I can't justify the expense of a few percent for something I can't appreciate! Hence the SB X-Fi Extreme Music in one PC, and the SB Live in the other. First board I installed was an Air, back in the days of the 486 and it ran fine - the Award BIOS helped (I hate AMI BIOS's - which the MSI P35's have!). Once had a Soyo SY6BA+4 running a P2/P3 and that was extremely stable - almost bullet-proof. Asrock, not bad, but, cheap (AMI BIOS). Gigabyte, I've used most of all, covering P2's, P3's and lastly on my previous PC, a GA8IK1100 (all, Award BIOS) with a 3.2GHz P4 - totally reliable and over-clocked quite well (found the 'wall' quicker than I thought, with the 3.2 though).



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Message 966783 - Posted: 30 Jan 2010, 2:00:38 UTC

Only Asus here now........the R2E is the most robust and stable mobo I have ever run.........Takes a licking and keeps on ticking......

Ran Gigabyte boards back in the Sempron days.......cooked more than a few of them.....the mobos, I mean. The Sempy's just kept cooking.
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Message 966836 - Posted: 30 Jan 2010, 5:00:22 UTC
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I've been using P45 ASUS boards the last couple of years. Have built 7 systems, all Q6600s OCed to 3.2, using the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme heatsinks. ASUS P5Q E and lately the PRO models. 8 to 16GB of memory. For those that had issues with the A7N8X, I had none and had 3 or 4 of those systems. The key to keeping any MB/system/HardDrive going is to make sure they have enough cooling.

I've tried a Gigabyte and an MSI and they were fine.

Least liked? Luckily have not run into one lately. The last bad board was an ABIT NF7, and that was after having several very good ABITs including one of the BP6 duallies.

Asrocks are made by ASUS, but I hear they don't carry a very good warranty, so you may want to invest a few bucks more and get the real deal.
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Message 966843 - Posted: 30 Jan 2010, 5:15:55 UTC - in response to Message 966836.  

I've been using P45 ASUS boards the last couple of years. Have built 7 systems, all Q6600s OCed to 3.2, using the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme heatsinks. ASUS P5Q E and lately the PRO models. 8 to 16GB of memory. For those that had issues with the A7N8X, I had none and had 3 or 4 of those systems. The key to keeping any MB/system/HardDrive going is to make sure they have enough cooling.

I've tried a Gigabyte and an MSI and they were fine.

Least liked? Luckily have not run into one lately. The last bad board was an ABIT NF7, and that was after having several very good ABITs including one of the BP6 duallies.

Asrocks are made by ASUS, but I hear they don't carry a very good warranty, so you may want to invest a few bucks more and get the real deal.


Dunno about that, but Asus rocke the kitties' world.

And Newegg does too........their warranty and return policies are second to none.

I vote the Egg. And Asus.

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Message 966875 - Posted: 30 Jan 2010, 10:14:33 UTC

I've also heard that Asrock are a spin-off from Asus, and concentrate a bit more on the cheaper end of the market. My (ex) father-in-law had one fail when the pin-push secured heatsink fell off the northbridge and it overheated.

Got 2 Asus at the moment, got a faulty one as well, I think the VRM's have gone. It'll run, but can't run Seti, only good for web browsing etc, nothing demanding. Still under warranty tho.

Got an Abit still running, an NF7-S2G. Still running solid now, but it did give me a few problems. The 'CLRCMOS' jumper silkscreen was different to the manual, and wouldn't boot at the manual settings. Took ages to find it as well. Set the jumper to the silkscreen on the mobo, and away it went! Abit's tech support (who had an office in my home town at the time) got a real mouthful, because they couldn't figure out what was wrong.

Had a Gigabyte that failed with the dodgy caps problem of a few years back. They all bulged and split, that ended up in the bin.

Had nothing but problems with PCChips, would never get another. Had 2 DOA when someone else bought them to go in a system.

Fingers crossed, the 2 Asus I have now are solid...

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Message 966882 - Posted: 30 Jan 2010, 10:59:21 UTC
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Most mobos worth their salt these days have gone to solid caps.......
So, for the most part, the exploding or drying up cap syndrome has gone away.......
I burnt a few Asus boards up in the quest for the almighty OC.......
But I could not fault them because I was running soooooooooooooo far out of line that it was not reasonable to assume they could do it....

Mostly on board voltage regulators that simply burnt a few holes in the boards......but when you are running the CPU more than 50% over spec.......who could cry wolf?

And I even got a couple of those replaced under warranty with Newegg's liberal return policies.....

So I still vote Asus and Eggy....
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Message 967485 - Posted: 1 Feb 2010, 16:52:42 UTC

Had a Syntax P4 motherboard (part of bundle) amongst other lemons - PCChips p3 slot mobo, DFI Socket 7, an Apollo board. Soyo S478 board.
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Message 967488 - Posted: 1 Feb 2010, 16:59:29 UTC - in response to Message 966882.  
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Most mobos worth their salt these days have gone to solid caps.......
So, for the most part, the exploding or drying up cap syndrome has gone away.......
I burnt a few Asus boards up in the quest for the almighty OC.......
But I could not fault them because I was running soooooooooooooo far out of line that it was not reasonable to assume they could do it....

Mostly on board voltage regulators that simply burnt a few holes in the boards......but when you are running the CPU more than 50% over spec.......who could cry wolf?

And I even got a couple of those replaced under warranty with Newegg's liberal return policies.....

So I still vote Asus and Eggy....

Yep Ya pulled the stops out alrighty, The Asus is on Its way Mark from Mwave, Saved Me $11.02 over Newegg.

My next least liked doesn't exist anymore, Its Soyo, The least would be PCchips(Via Chipset, way before 775 too), As they do virtually no support or at least they didn't offer any when I started out.
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Message 967572 - Posted: 2 Feb 2010, 0:11:41 UTC

tossing an asus p5n32-e sli plus into the bin for the recycler...
no loss really, found it...it was free...
so i didn't have to pay for all that aggravation!

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as the rain pours down...
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Message 967692 - Posted: 2 Feb 2010, 13:57:02 UTC

I have an AM2+ board from Gigabyte which is blowing the tops of its capacitors so that's going to make me a bit wary of that brand for a while.

I've used a few ASUS and MSI boards over the years which have seemed pretty solid. Not many issues with ASRock but I've always seen them as a cheap option and thus not seen them as long lasting - I don't know how true that is.

A lot of boards now have solid state capacitors which is reassuring, the only other issue is how hot the chipset heatsinks get on some board (I avoid ones with fans because they wear out).
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Message 967786 - Posted: 3 Feb 2010, 6:39:39 UTC
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worst ever imo PCchips,Syntax,Supermicro and ECS.

on the other hand i like ASUS and DFI

in between are Intel,Tyan,Epox,Abit and Gigabyte .
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Message 967805 - Posted: 3 Feb 2010, 9:12:43 UTC - in response to Message 967786.  

worst ever imo PCchips,Syntax,Supermicro and ECS.

on the other hand i like ASUS and DFI

in between are Intel,Tyan,Epox,Abit and Gigabyte .

I believe I have a SuperMicro in my SUN WS and it has been working for 2 years now without a glitch.
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Message 968187 - Posted: 5 Feb 2010, 2:39:15 UTC - in response to Message 967805.  

i was talking about the consumer market not the enterprise series of boards.

that was long ago. fro what i know they retired from this segment and focused on workstation and server boards.
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Message 969840 - Posted: 11 Feb 2010, 19:12:48 UTC

Worst: a Soyo AMD board. I couldn't keep the system up for more than 6 months, then the OS (NT4) would cr** out - Dunno if the board was at fault for that or M$.

I currently have/run 2 Gigabyte boards - 1 AMD SKT939 that's about 4 years old (Opteron 165) (and it occasionally has tossed an OS, too!)
and 1 Inte£ skt775 that's been running ~1(±) year (Q9300) with (knock on wood) no problems so far.

There's an old ASUS AMD board (Duron) that I retired as too slow for current needs when I first installed XP...

Those are for the systems I've built myself, I also have a Dell - no problems with that one...
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Message 969848 - Posted: 11 Feb 2010, 19:45:34 UTC - in response to Message 969840.  

I had 1 Soyo board. I replaced it 2 times and finally bought another board. For some reason it it didnt like running graphics even at startup.

I'd like to add MSI to the quality brands. I've never had a problem with one of their boards


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Message 970369 - Posted: 13 Feb 2010, 21:05:05 UTC

i had a great skt 370 board by MSI....
i could oc a P3 1.2g to nearly 1.7 on that board...
it was unreal...its still here somewhere...

(i really need to find stuff...lol)
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