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Which brand do you prefer, and why?

Poll Results: Which of these motherboard brands do you prefer?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 16% of voters (4)
    ASRock
  • 40% of voters (10)
    Asus
  • 4% of voters (1)
    Biostar
  • 0% of voters (0)
    ECS
  • 4% of voters (1)
    EVGA
  • 28% of voters (7)
    Gigabyte
  • 36% of voters (9)
    MSI
  • 4% of voters (1)
    XFX
  • 4% of voters (1)
    Other
25 Total Votes  
post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Which brand do you prefer, and why? I know each model has it's own pros and cons, but do you have a brand preference based on your own experiences?
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post #2 of 16
ive had alot of motherboards in my time and i have found these 3 are my favorite brands for reliability

Gigabyte
ASUS
MSI
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post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
I've only built two computers, each with a different brand. My first was an Intel Pentium 4 using ASUS, which died after about 5 years. My current is an AMD X2 using Gigabyte and is still functioning 10 years later. I'm looking at a new build using MSI, so I'm glad to see you mentioned them.

Anyone else care to share their experiences?
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post #4 of 16
Between my own use and working retail in selling this stuff, I can say the following gave the least grief; Asus, Asrock, Gigabyte. MSI was a train wreck for most the people I worked with. Even the ultra high-end ones came back defective a lot. Remember the MSI M-power Z77? Garbage.

Right now, if you are looking at a Ryzen build, Asrock seems to have the best board with the Taichi.
 
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post #5 of 16
I would say Gigabyte just because the least amount of problems.

I build 5-6 computers a year, ASUS was good until Haswell ROG series with the CR2020 batteries failing omg ever had to take thermal armor of a mobo to replace a battery. Now if i cant see the battery in the board pic i normally don't buy it.

I stay away from EVGA mobos had two fail on me both top end boards 1366 4 way sli and a FTW3 1366. MSI burned me with an useless post code value which explained nothing.

Honorable mentions, Asrock no issues but only done 3-4 builds with them.
 
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post #6 of 16
As an AMD user my experiences are a little different.

Gigabyte had a terrible board with a terrible bios and terrible customer support. I can not force meself to buy gigabyte ever again.

The MSI GD80 I have is well designed, solidly built, has a useable reliable bios, and has great customer support. Their other FX boards have lots of problems.

ASUS boards I own have so so design, poor quality control, poor customer support, but a great bios and for some reason they achieve the highest overclocks.

Never owned Asrock but from the experience of others they have a good bios and are solid at stock clocks or a mild OC. When pushed their very thin pcb overheats and they die.
post #7 of 16
None.
using gigabyte atm due to it seemed the best option for ryzen
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post #8 of 16
Depends on how you are ranking them I suppose. Cost aside, Asus' high end boards are probably the best but you get what you pay for. Their low end stuff is just that.

Gigabyte is ok, Asrock is pretty decent too. Probably best for the price.

MSI is just cheap all around. Not a fan.
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post #9 of 16
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Added a poll for better tracking. Sorry I didn't think to add it sooner! Keep the info coming.
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post #10 of 16
Pretty much Asrock or Asus goes to my list of options when I'm looking to buy a new mobo.
Generally end up with Asrock as they are way better priced and still carrying a ton of features (comparable to asus at lower pricing) and they are solid overclocking mobos. thumb.gif
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