All Time Best Motherboard ?

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  1. kenpomasta

    kenpomasta Gawd

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    My fav is def NF7-S V2, but the Abit 440BX wth the cely was great also.

    RIP Abit, we will always miss you.
     
  2. eggrock

    eggrock [H]ardness Supreme

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    Picky board with RAM.
     
  3. cabroker

    cabroker n00b

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    DFI Lanparty N4F Ultra-D
     
  4. Creepin_D

    Creepin_D [H]ard|Gawd

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    I cannot remember my best slot 1 board, but I do remember my fav socket 370.

    Asus CUSL2-C..This is the board I first used water for cooling. Some good memories :)
     
  5. Dan_D

    Dan_D [H]ard as it Gets

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    It's not the worst, but it was bad.

    It's exceptionally hard for me to choose the all time best motherboard. I've worked with so many awesome boards over the years. However, the one that makes me probably the most nostalgic is the Intel PR440FX. I'd like to say the ABIT BX6 Revision 2, but I had fan headers burn out on that one, so it's out. I'd have loved to include the ABIT BP6 but frankly I didn't own it very long due to the sockets being essentially Celeron compatible only. The ASUS P4C800 Deluxe was really good to me. I also liked the ASUS P2L97. So I'm going to go with my top five. (No EPoX piece of shit, or quirky DFI remotely makes the list.)

    Top Five Motherboards of All Time:
    • Intel PR440FX
    • ASUS P2L97
    • ASUS A7V-133
    • ASUS P4C800 Deluxe
    • ASUS Rampage III Black Edition
    Honorable Mentions:
    • ABIT AA8XE
    • ASUS Commando
    The only reason the ASUS Commando doesn't make my top five list is because it wasn't personally owned by me. However it was the BEST P965 Express chipset board I ever worked with.

    Just for fun, I thought I'd include the worst of the worst.

    The Top Five Worst Motherboards of All Time:
    • FIC VA503+
    • Soyo SY-6BA+III
    • DFI UT nF4 SLI-DR Expert
    • EVGA 680i SLI (All part numbers)
    • ASUS Striker Extreme
    The FIC VA503+ was a huge piece of shit. The diagrams on the motherboard were wrong, the manual was wrong, and the adendum in the manual which included updated jumper diagrams were wrong. It also had a high failure rate. In short it was garbage. The Soyo SY-6BA+III was a board that was bought by someone I worked with to have 4 identical machines for the company built. I built them all. Within a year 3 out of 4 boards had died. The remaining good board had a dead PCI slot. One of the four had missing locking tabs on it's DIMM slots. These were all total shit. The DFI board I expect to take some flak on. Everyone kept saying it was a "tweakers board" that had to be tweaked to be stable. That just means it was a piece of shit with poor QVL testing and because they overclocked well people made excuses for it. If it isn't good at stock settings with some of the most common hardware around it's shit. And QC was hit and miss on them as it took three of them to find one good one for a system build I worked on for someone else. Funny how the third one worked and the other two didn't all with the same hardware and at stock settings. The 680i SLI fiasco was bad. Both reference and non-reference boards alike had poor voltage regulation and high failure rates. It would fry your RAM when it wanted to and take USB inputs only when it felt like it. Absolute trash.
     
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  6. d6bmg

    d6bmg Limp Gawd

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    For me its Rampage IV Extreme-Z.
     
  7. Matthew Kane

    Matthew Kane [H]ardness Supreme

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    Refreshing my list I posted earlier.

    Asus:
    RIIE, RIIIE/MF
    Strike II Extreme
    P5N-T Deluxe
    CUSL/TUSL
    P4P800C/P and Deluxe
    A8N-E SLi
    Crosshair

    Gigabyte:
    G31M-ES2L
    X48-DQ6
    X38-UD5P or w/e

    DFI:
    LanParty Jnr

    EVGA:
    790i Ultra

    MSI:
    7533

    Worst Mobos of all Time:
    All the Gigabyte X58 mobo's except the G1 range
    EVGA 680i/780i range
    and few oldschool Epox POS I have lying around somewhere.
     
  8. hardennoob

    hardennoob n00b

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    abit bp6 and ip35pro for me.

    btw, what happened to abit? i've been out of the loop since 2007ish.
     
  9. djsi

    djsi n00b

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    I think the DFI p45-ion-t2a2 was a notably exceptional motherboard.Any computer geek would love too have that one.
     
  10. AthlonXP

    AthlonXP [H]ard as it Gets

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    They are no longer around..
     
  11. Dan_D

    Dan_D [H]ard as it Gets

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    ABIT was bought by another company and became Universal abit. They basically made worse and worse motherboards until pulling out of the motherboard market entirely. Then they ended up going under completely. Their engineers ended up at other companies.
     
  12. revenant

    revenant [H]ardForum Junkie

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    The last Abit board I had was the IN9 32x-max... seemed like a good board but the digital pwm would make noise (quite a bit) under high cpu load and it bugged me... tried two boards and two psus and had the same result. Oh well.. I loved my older abit boards... and I just found the manual for my BH-6 yesterday while going through a pile of old pc stuff. funny!
     
  13. spacing guild

    spacing guild [H]ard|Gawd

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    MSI P6N-SLI

    Longest i've ever owned a motherboard. Kept my e6300 @ 3.3 ghz for a long time. Solid as a rock.

    [​IMG]
     
  14. TheToE!

    TheToE! [H] Brewmaster

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    DFI NF4 Lan Party Ultra-D is mine. It was just so beast. Always used to lust over the Abit IC7 Max 3 too. Who could forget the Asus P5A? Asus CUSL-2 with a P3 700mhz (coppermine) that I worked all summer to get. Damn, this thread is a throwback. It kinda makes me sad.
     
  15. revenant

    revenant [H]ardForum Junkie

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    for sure all those lanparty NF4 boards were epic. Definitely some of my favorite watercooling and ocing memories were working with my SLI-D and the expert that replaced it.
     
  16. Dan_D

    Dan_D [H]ard as it Gets

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    I'm going against the grain here. Those DFI boards were pretty much all pieces of shit.
     
  17. revenant

    revenant [H]ardForum Junkie

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    lol... well, they were pretty finicky... I guess it's safe to say they were popular in their time. ;)
     
  18. Outamyhead

    Outamyhead [H]ardness Supreme

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    nForce 2 series were great boards pre PCIe anyway, I'm sure the single slots were just fine...SLi was in it's infancy as well, it still has problems now.
     
  19. qbanb8582

    qbanb8582 2[H]4U

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    Thats probably my favorite motherboard for its time. I also got the first geforce to go with it. Quake II became a whole new game with opengl.

    A close second for me is the M2N32-SLi, I got it in 2006 and didn't replace it til early 2011. Probably the longest I've used a motherboard ever.

    I also had an Abit Fatal1ty AN8 SLI that motherboard was badass but I didn't last long got fried from a lightning strike.
     
  20. wonderfield

    wonderfield [H]ardness Supreme

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    Most were in that era.
     
  21. Dan_D

    Dan_D [H]ard as it Gets

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    That they were.
     
  22. DejaWiz

    DejaWiz Oracle of Unfortunate Truths

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    Best for me that I've owned:

    Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI
    (first SLI board I owned and was stable as a rock in dried concrete)

    Biostar T-Force TF570SLI
    (still running in my main system, albeit not for long when I finish my 1155 upgrade)

    ECS D6VAA
    (just retired it in full working order about 2 months ago; running dual PIII-1000's)


    The worst:
    Biostar M5-ATA
    Soyo SY-5EMA+
     
  23. kindasmart

    kindasmart Gawd

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    +1

    I'm still using that boards baby brother.
     
  24. Keljian

    Keljian Gawd

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    Gigabyte GA-K8NS-Pro - Very very fond memories of that motherboard. Can't say I've had another board before or since that has been as rock solid stable or versatile for its time.

    It restored my faith in the AMD platform at the time also, having gone from Irongate ->Tyan Thunder K7 -> GA-K8NS-Pro, I completely avoided a whole lot of crappy VIA chipset issues without reverting back to Intel.

    The irony is how far AMD has fallen since the K7..
     
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  25. fran_oc

    fran_oc n00b

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    For me, the best mainboards I had...

    - Epox 8K3A+ (Socket 462, KT333 chipset) --> It was the first mainboard doing more than 400mhz FSB for athlon XP. I had some fun with it and my first Barton 2800+, which OCed to 3.2Ghz under water.

    - DFI NF4 LanParty SLI-DR --> It killed my Geil Ultra-X BH5's at 4.0v with insane speeds and latencies (1,5-2-2-5...) . I burnt some modules with my mobo to get new RMA'ed ones :D:D

    Newer mobos are better, but OC was very funny 6-8 years ago :D

    Regards
     
  26. Rhynn_Icestorm

    Rhynn_Icestorm n00b

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    I would vote, IBM 3090 Mainframe with external DASD storage, never went down, old skool is the way to go!
     
  27. AuxNuke

    AuxNuke Gawd

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    Showing my age here. Top 5 of all time?

    1) Asus P2B - Overclocking P2's with jumpers!
    2) Abit VP6 - Dual P3 CPU's, Highpoint IDE RAID goodness
    3) Abit TH7II-RAID - Fast board (silly Rambus) that beat DDR boards for years.
    4) Evga X58 SLI - Longest owned board. Bought with a 920 on day one and it ran flawless for years.
    5) Abit AA8XE - 4.0GHz on a P4 Presscott!

    The Asus CUSL2 almost made the list.
     
  28. Red Machine D

    Red Machine D Gawd

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    Another vote for the A7N8X.
     
  29. ~ever~

    ~ever~ [H]ard|Gawd

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    I miss Soyo, Epox, and Abit :(

    My Abit BP6 was so sick. the Asus A7N8X was a nice one too....
     
  30. devil_trigger

    devil_trigger Gawd

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    +1 on the P4P800, that was my first self-built pc with a P4 3.2GHz northwood and 1 gig of ram, with a 6800gt and that computer is still going strong at my dads. :cool:
     
  31. Dan_D

    Dan_D [H]ard as it Gets

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    I miss the old ABIT. I can't say I miss EPoX or Soyo. Everything I saw from them was pretty much shit.
     
  32. Direfox

    Direfox [H]ard|Gawd

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    The G31M-ES2L was already mentioned, but I have to say, that was the best value in MOBOs I have ever seen. You could get them for about 50-60 bucks, stick a e5200 or e7500 and overclock like a bandit! That was some serious performance for cheap and I built several for family and friends and they are still going strong. For the dollar I dont think you could get more performance.
     
  33. wra18th

    wra18th [H]ardness Supreme

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    Well, I'll add my 2ยข to a very derailed thread due to the OP wording it wrong.

    My favorites;
    Asus P3B-F
    Asus CUSL2-C

    Showing my age;
    Tyan 1573
    Tyan 1830 (AT Board. Great even with the USB power issue.)
    Tyan 1854 Had both Socket 1 and Socket 370. One of the first to support 512M sticks.
    Abit BP6

    Standouts;
    Abit NF7-S
    Abit IC-7

    Epox 8K3A+ My first foray into the "alternative" brands
    ECS made some nice boards
     
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  34. jamsomito

    jamsomito 2[H]4U

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    My ASUS A7N8X-Deluxe was phenomenal. Kept an Athlon XP 2800+ running OC'd for 7 years, ran stock for 2 years after that and still kickin'. Survived 3 blown PSU's too.
     
  35. aubsxc

    aubsxc [H]ard|Gawd

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    My favorite all time board is the Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P. Nothing I have owned prior or since has come close to the stability and OC-ability that this board has provided me. I have been using one since 2008 and it has kept my E8400 at 4.0GHz (500x8) for 24-7 everyday use with nominal voltage, and will do 4.4GHz with more voltage. I have run it Prime stable with a FSB of 530 (stock is 333) and it will not quit. I paid about $110 shipped for it from Newegg.

    I also like the Asus Sabertooth P67 board quite a bit. I've been using one in a workstation for the last year or more and it has been flawless as well with my 2600K at 4.8GHz regular usage (5.1GHz max).

    The DFI NF3 UT 250GB is another nice board which will do very high FSB without issue and drives my OCZ PC3700EB memory very nicely. Sadly, mine is starting to get a little flaky of late and doesn't get much use.

    I still have an Asus A7N8X-Dlx Rev.2 board that works fine, but was always a dog at OCing. Another very reliable board from almost 9 years ago.
     
  36. Orddie

    Orddie 2[H]4U

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    wow.. had a sweet deal on the sr-2 board and returned it based on comments others posted in a different thread. That and the cost of CPU's per socket. Every time I see the board i drool. The things i could run on that board and it would turn around and say.. is that all you got?
     
  37. snclawson

    snclawson Limp Gawd

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    Another vote for the GA-EP45-UD3P. I've had two of these (v1.1 and v1.3) and they've both been awesome. Best board that I've ever owned.

    Before that I'd have to say my Abit NF7-S v2.0. nForce2 with Soundstorm, SATA, dual channel DDR-400 and Firewire. That with a 2400+ XP-M Barton was really something back in the day.
     
  38. Valnar

    Valnar 2[H]4U

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    ASUS P2B sporting a slotket. I still have two.
    They are my window to the past (pun intended) running DOS/Win31/Win98.
     
  39. gigiba

    gigiba [H]Lite

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    Abit BP6 - easy overclock with nice features. love it !!!
     
  40. Putz

    Putz I have a custom title

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    yep