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post #21 of 52
The Asus b350 prime sub $100 retail = leds..
post #22 of 52
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The point is, in the case of Ryzen we find ourselves putting $500 CPU's and $700 GPU's in to MB's that cost $99-$299. In the case of Intel you may find yourself putting a $2k CPU and multiple $1k GPU's into a MB that costs $399. The MB is arguably the most important component in the system. Everything connects to it and relies on it and it is unarguably the most difficult component to replace. Where are the cost no object, niche MB's that: 1. Actually work, 2 come with stellar customer service and 3. aren't the limiting factor when it comes to overclocking or connectivity?

With AMD the typical OC issues are VRM temps, socket temps, poor thermal probes, poor RAM performance and perhaps lack of PCI lanes. All issues that I'm sure could be resolved at the MB level... But no, we get lights and RGB controllers and graphics instead for our money. By every dang one of them.
Edited by tyrex13 - 3/20/17 at 2:53pm
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post #23 of 52
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Originally Posted by miklkit View Post

For informational purposes AMD FX motherboards fall into certain price groups. There is the under $100 dollar group which can do small OCs. There is a $110-130 group which generally does quite well but can't go quite as far as the others in the $170-180 group, which is where the top performers are with the best components. Then there is that one elite board at $210 that is the best. And that's it. The only LEDs on them are warning lights except for some of the newest ones in the 2nd group.

After seeing all these new boards for zen and their prices it seems to me that they are tailored to intel users who are used to being gouged. After all, how much can you see anyway?

Some of us don't use ridiculous Noctua anvils for cooling...
post #24 of 52
Well I can say that aesthetics were not even considered when I selected a motherboard. They weren't considered when I selected another board because the board I wanted was not in stock and nobody knew when it would be. Both boards I selected had the hardware requirements I wanted. Now that I have a board all the colorful lights have been disabled because to me they are just tacky. Same thing with my GPU, light off. Same thing with fans with lights, switched off. I want my PC to work and work well. Then again I am the same way with my car, never did well at shows but boy does it have their attention at the track. Some of us prefer function over form. Lights don't help function.
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post #25 of 52
Reminds me of the "get him neon" video vs a hellcat.
https://youtu.be/mCVmqvLWwL4
Edited by chew* - 3/20/17 at 5:29pm
post #26 of 52
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...Now that I have a board all the colorful lights have been disabled because to me they are just tacky. Same thing with my GPU, light off. Same thing with fans with lights, switched off...

I do agree some motherboards can look pretty over-the-top when it comes to the RGBs. A few here and there aren't too bad. It does make things look nice when you have a window on the side.
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post #27 of 52
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Reminds me of the "get him neon" video vs a hellcat.
https://youtu.be/mCVmqvLWwL4

This kind of stuff is always hilarious lol
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post #28 of 52
Yes, we live in such a wretched time where consumers actually have options and choices! rolleyes.gif I sure wish we could go back to the bad old days when every board was green and there were no such thing as cases with windows in them! I sure wish I had to break out the dremel more often to customize my PC...
post #29 of 52
My case has a window my board is simple and seriously quit the paint exaggeration.


All boards get painted since like forever but they do NOT need screen printing.

Like 5 people have seen my pc in 5 years. Guess what they didn't say? Pffft no leds or screenprinting?
Edited by chew* - 3/20/17 at 9:51pm
post #30 of 52
There's literally no reason to complain about motherboards having extra aesthetic features that people want. Nobody has provided any evidence whatsoever that these boards are using substandard performance parts in order to facilitate the aesthetics. Its just whining that people like me actually do care and do want their PC's to look nice in addition to performing great. Don't like the lights, don't turn them on. Simple.
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