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post #21 of 30
I'd consider both to be up there with the likes of Gigabyte, Asus...etc. Not sure everyone would put them besides those brands but they are close.

I've owned a couple of old MSI video cards as well as a new GTX460 and can see from that perspective how they have went from a decent brand to a bigger brand.

Also with Asrock i've owned an old SKT775 motherboard in the days before core2's and although it was plain and boring it did it's job but looking at their products now they seem to have moved away from cheap and cheerful into higher end products which can be up their with the well known brands.
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post #22 of 30
Asrock's Extreme4 gen3 boards got very positive reviews from what I have seen, from vortez alone the z68 board scored better than the g1.sniper 2.
post #23 of 30
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Thanks all for the informative post. I've been to my local Microcenter and narrowed my choices to the $204 Asrock Z68 Extreme 4, Asrock P67 Extreme 4 for a very nice $159 as I don't really need the Z68 add-ons, or the $204 Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4.
I'm literally going down in about an hour to buy one of these.
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post #24 of 30
Might as well save the $40 and get the P67. Just out of curiosity, where's the board going?
post #25 of 30
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Originally Posted by HWI View Post
Sounds good, looks like a missed all of them and if they're sorted out then I don't have to worry about it.
I never had any issues either and I'm still on the original BIOS version. MSI already addressed a majority of the issues by the time they released the Z68 motherboards.

I would have likely gone with ASRock if Micro Center had them earlier. They just started carrying ASRock Z68 boards within the last couple of weeks.

ASRock and MSI currently both make very good premium boards—at least on the Intel side because that's the only side that currently matters to me—that match up well with Asus and Gigabyte's best offerings. Historically, ASRock and MSI don't have as good of a track record overall on all platforms and chipsets, but both are improving significantly. I do consider MSI to be slightly behind ASRock, Asus, and Gigabyte, but that's mostly because MSI's UEFI is poorly designed and despite Gigabyte's lack of UEFI currently, they have more overclocking options than MSI. I have no issues with MSI's build quality starting from the mid-range.

Biostar doesn't have a premium Sandy Bridge offering, so I don't view them in the same group as the others right now.
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post #26 of 30
I consider msi and biostar as second tier manufacturers. Asrock on the other hand, is no where near second tier, they have pushed their way into the top 3 imo, with gigabyte and asus pulling slightly ahead. I still believe that asus + gigabyte's support is better, but for the money, asrock really can't be beat, not even by biostar(imo).
     
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post #27 of 30
my first pc had gigabyte mobo, it was poo and had to be replaced several times :/. avoided them ever since

my past few msi boards have been decent, few niggles but had the same with asus too
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post #28 of 30
Asus needs a better QC to justify their pricetags. Now is mostly name.
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post #29 of 30
I have owned all 3 makes at one time or another and would say Biostar is probably on the bottom between the three. My last mobo was ASUS and had no issues. The board before was MSI, actually had 2 of those and had no problems. I am currently using Asrock and am very happy with the high quality, excellent performance and bang for the buck value.
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I had to re-sell an Asrock P67 PRO board as the BIOS had a bug that made stable overclocking impossible. The bug is this. When you set the multiplier to "manual", the settings for LLC disappear. I posted in the owners thread on here and found that someone else had the PRO 3 version and the bug was present in that board also. Both those boards were around the cheapest available here in the UK, so i guess if going with Asrock, you need to at least get a mid range board as plenty of people have had no problems with other boards by them. That being my first experience with them, I switched to MSI (whose boards I've used before) and haven't had any problems at all. Also, Asrock customer support is a joke. I emailed them with the problem weeks ago when i still owned the board and still haven't received a reply
 
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