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post #1 of 7
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Hi All,

I have been playing around with the possibility of upgrading my platform for the past few months, and I couldn't help but notice a frightening trend:

Is it me, or have the quality of Mobo's declined significantly?

I have been reading the reviews on mostly high end mainstream, to high performance mobo's on the big name retail sites. Most of these boards have upwards of 25% failure rates it seems. DOA's, failures, FUBAR Bios', Bent pin horror stories galore a particular high end board. I don't want any of this garbage...

Is it now a game of roulette to buy a mobo that works? Has it always been this way, or am I just now noticing it? I don't know... I have purchased 5 motherboards over the years for my builds, and never had an issue other then very minor annoyances...

Whadya think?

Cheers!

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post #2 of 7
No. They are not lower quality. Motherboards aren't reviewed as often as say a graphics card or cpu by the average joe. If they are, its usually negative. Dont freak out, find one thats reviewed well by professionals and then consult ocn for further opinions. Everything will be fine!
post #3 of 7
I know asus boards are extremely popular and very reliable I've had a great experience using them and I'm sure many other people on OCN have as well.

I had a terrible experience with MSI motherboards. I then went to the asus p8z68-v pro gen3 and it's really great. Asus is known for their quality motherboards. The higher end asrock and gigabyte boards are good as well (the $220+ ones)
Edited by Fatality_ - 3/28/12 at 3:36am
post #4 of 7
I've got the same CPU and Mobo and I'm upgrading to an i7-3820 and the Rampage IV Extreme. thumb.gif
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
I figured that more people write bad reviews than those who write them to praise a product. Some of the issues are obvious when there are numerous postings about bent pins and such. No matter how many good boards may have shipped, I would never get that product lol!

My last few boards were Asus, except for 1 pentium board in there, and they have been good to me for the most part. My ethernet port decided to stop working on my current board.

I will most likely go with whoever has the best OC capability, and Vrm power scheme for the next board. Id like to consider ASRock or gigabyte for a change of pace.

Thanks for the input!

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post #6 of 7
remember that most satisfied customers don't say a thing while dissatisfied ones will spread it to 100 people biggrin.gif

personally i try to shop mobo/pc parts at a local shop if the prices are comparable online. so if something breaks or goes kaput, i could just return it to the store and not deal with the hassle of shipping.
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I would say the quality has improved over the years. I remember when I started building machines around 2001 it seemed 1 out of every few motherboards were flaky if not DOA. There were a lot of garbage brands back in the day as well (Soyo, PC Chips, etc.) Now there is a smaller group of high quality boards. Remember, you get what you pay for. Snag yourself a sandy or ivy cpu with an Asus/Gigabyte/ASrock board and go nuts.thumb.gif
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