Hey guys. First of all, thank you to all those who took their time to reply and vote, much appreciated! (Cant remember how the rep system works, have to read up on the rules etc before I get into it
To be honest, the 60 euros for the name feels worth it. When I built my system, both Gigabyte and Asus were the top dogs. I went with Asus for the x58 and never regretted it. The customer service was godike (atleast in Singapore.)
RMA 1: I killed the board with a ****ty psu and overambitious OC (RMAed, no questions asked)
RMA 2: Dropped two watercooled gpus on the board and broke some caps, again, RMA-ed without questions.
Ran it for 6 years, fully overclocked during the last 3 years. In the entire 6 years, at most, it was switched off for 10 days. Other than that, the only time it wasnt running was when I had to restart the system due to a windows update. The block was fully water cooled.
It died when I dropped the system
. (I absolutely hate to say this, but kinda relieved it finally died, I literally had to oc the i7 965 to its very limits just to not bottleneck the gpu and my SSD speed was being bottlednecked by the board.)
- MacG32 & AlphaC
Man, you guys obviously know a lot about this, would make my life as a newbie so much easier when two experts agree on one thing.
MacG32: Thank you so much for taking your time to explain even though they were already on the internet. The more I read, the more confused I got, especially since Asus seem to be the only one with 2 units per phase?
- Thanks a lot for doing the power phase comparison. I'm proud to say, I understood why you say that the Asus fairs poorly at idle power consumption. (Thanks to bullzoid's video!) Luckily, I'm using a 1200w power supply and I dont pay for electricity. So thats not really a factor for me. But I don't understand why Asus didn't use the Infineon PWM. (Bullzoid was raving about how epic the Infineon PWM was.)
- You mentioned MindFactory right? I just found out about that company from Geihzal, any chance you're German?
If so, do you have any experience with GB's RMA procedure in Germany? I've been here for 3 years and I can honestly say, the general Customer Service here (from DSL operators to immigration officers) is kinda subpar.
I get what you mean. The 60 euros price difference is not worth mentioning but I dont want to be blinded by Brand Loyalty. Just 2 weeks ago, I almost bought into Intel's LGA2066 platform, simply because I wanted to use the Rampage VI Extreme Omega. When I think of Gigabyte, all that comes to mind is just a board dipped in blue gunk. They had some of the ugliest x58 boards
Thats in the past though. Right now, I literally just want the best possible board (other than the stupidly overpriced ones) that will allow me to run the highest end Ryzen 5000 chips (5nm?) in 2021. Heck, if my R3E didnt die, I would have dumped in a Xeon chip and oc-ed the hell out of it. Thats why I'm focusing more on the Power Circuit (PWMS, VRMS, MOsfet? etc), because I want the board to handle the very best Ryzen CPU in 2022.
There apparently are no more 3900x chips available in Germany... I dont know if this is a blessing in disguise or just my luck. I'll have to wait till atleast 17th for the shop to stock up. Hopefully in the next 2-3 days we'll get some direct comparison reviews once the BIOS's stabilise.