Originally Posted by nleksan
So you dislike Asus, the company who makes the absolute best AM3+ motherboard, the CHV-FZ, and the second best, the Sabertooth R2.0?
MSI's GD80 is not the abysmal, potentially explosive excuse for a board that the large majority for the platform are, but there is a difference between "aacceptable" and "ideal".
AActually, I would say Asus made the largest effort to deliver quality boards for AM3+, and they actually delivered. Most companies just made the bare minimum, although in ffairness the FX-series processors power draw when overclocked is absolutely absurd, so bad that I don't fault any company who's boards began development before they had true "final version" sample chips, and even then prototypes are by their very nature different due to the difference in production for a small amount vs worldwide distribution.
AMD deserves part of the blame for developing something that is something of a contradiction... Consumes 200W+ but we'reuusingan inferior process so 72C can kill yyour chip, which we market as God's gift to overclockers and even sell the worst performance per dollar CPU in recent history, the 9xxx whatever because we are suffering an unprecedented low in Product Comparison Bulletpoints we can twist to make us look semi-competent, but now we have "First5Ghz chip" jjust don't read subnotation 9374B71.5 because it totally doesn't say that it is not 5Ghz x8 "cores" and is only a measurement of Single module boost or anything....
Asus consistently creates the absolute highest-end boards for both Intel (Rampage Extreme series) and also AMD (Crosshair Series), although Gigabyte has become a very strong contender the past few gens. MSI and the rest have occasional hits, but the trend is inconsistent at best.
I owned a Crosshair V Formula Z, and it is in another class re build quality, component quality, features, and so forth vs theGD80. Ssame with the Sabertooth R2.0, which is the best board for regular overclocking based on components and design, and I think HWBot would support this...
Consequently, you would be better off with the Sabertooth, especially considering how you approach overclocking in a, umm, "unique" fashion, that values voltage over learning from the many of us who've been doing this for orders of magnitude greater time...
Basically, Asus went way out of their way to deliver the best possible product at the target price, over myriad target prices, and delivered in every possible way.
They did all this for a market that is a very small subset of an already niche market.
This is exactly what I would think you would want to support, and thereby encourage others to follow.
I am not surprised that you did the opposite.