Are More Expensive Motherboards Better Motherboards? - [H]

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by Kyle_Bennett, Mar 16, 2018.

  1. Aireoth

    Aireoth 2[H]4U

    Oct 12, 2005
    Titan's are absolutely worth it, but only at their launch date. You get 8ish months of tippy top performance, then about 14 months of +/-5% top performance, rinse (sell it) and repeat (buy next gen titan).

    If you don't pick it up at or near launch, your absolutely right, but remember that Pascal is going to be old news as soon as Turing/Volta/Ampere launches late this year, and that 1080ti will likely be beat by 30% or more. If the cycle is consistent with history, the Titan GTX will be launched 5 months after, and the Ti version will be another 8+ months.

    As for motherboards, the one I regret is the Sabertooth, died on me and now I'm dealing with Asus RMAFML. Love their ROG line so far, never had a problem.

    Edit: Yes I would take a new GPU that offered %30+ performance. Yes I considered Titan V, but its really not a consumer card and the Prosumer features would be wasted on me.
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2018
  2. bonehead123

    bonehead123 Gawd

    Nov 27, 2011
    Over the past 15 yrs or so, I have used mid-line and upper mid-tier mobo's from all mfgr's, but have stuck with Gigabyte for the past several years because they have the features, price points and reliability I want and demand without alot of BS I don't :)
  3. Jayy88

    Jayy88 [H]Lite

    Mar 9, 2018
    I think it's just a crapshoot, I gotta send the evga in now. when I first got it it didn't post immediately but finally did then was great everything fine for about month..then it shut down out of no where with a code with a memory issue...swapped memory clrd cmos was fine again...then it didn't want to post throwing some mores codes something bios related, idk..
    send back to them to figure it out.

    I'm waiting on the Gigabyte to return and have another board. And I just ordered a pretty cool looking 1366 board, should have one of those again because I have like 3 920s and a 5650 might be able to use.

    It's corrupted data center over here Dude Lol
  4. NamelessPFG

    NamelessPFG Gawd

    Oct 16, 2016
    I can't say I've been particularly brand-loyal, other than that I want to know what my father was smoking about two decades ago when he built me an AMD K6-2 box around a PC-Chips M598 mobo with an AT case and PSU right around the time ATX was being standardized and AGP slots were a thing (this board had its interface hogged by the truly execrable SiS 530 integrated graphics).

    The integrated C-Media CMI8338 audio codec never worked, so he dropped in a Sound Blaster Live! Value (which I consider a good thing, given that hardware sound acceleration was still relevant back then, but would've went Aureal Vortex2 in hindsight).

    The rear I/O header layout was seriously WTF-inducing, with some ports having to run their header cables between expansion card slots.

    And despite being a K6-2 350, it was running at 366 MHz... precisely to run at a 66 MHz FSB rather than 100 MHz, which made the system BSoD for whatever reason. Couldn't have been the RAM; that was PC-100 or PC-133.

    So yeah, cheap boards were godawful back then... but since then, I had an Abit BP6 (whose caps haven't blown on me yet!), a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3P 2.0 (which I'm now kinda wishing I went with something with beefier CPU power delivery if that's what it takes to get the Q6600 stable at 3.6 GHz), an Asus ROG MAXIMUS VI HERO, and... nothing really beyond that yet, though I slipped a Z87-A in a client build back when the $200 4770K sale at Micro Center was still going.

    Only time will tell if I go Asus, Gigabyte or MSI next.

    I probably don't use the really high-end features a mobo would offer, like all the ridiculous overclocking tweak options the ROG boards give you, but I appreciate things like having a quality Intel NIC backing up the Ethernet port, a sensible board layout, and most of all, something reviewed to have low DPC latency. That's critical for a system to feel smooth, and is largely overlooked by most hardware reviewers on the 'net, perhaps because a lot of that depends on proper software setup and good driver choices.

    Other than that, it's harder and harder for mobo manufacturers to set their products apart since most of the functionality that used to be done through northbridge/southbridge and all sorts of add-on chipsets is now part of the CPU core itself. It's raised the baseline for a good computer considerably, like the car example in the article, but it does mean that wanting things like 44-60 PCIe lanes across all those expansion slots necessitates an expensive upgrade to HEDT. (And, believe me, between sound cards, PCIe x4 video framegrabber/capture cards, PCIe x4 USB 3.0 quad-channel controller cards for hosting a bunch of Oculus Rift sensor cams, NVMe SSDs usually using 4 lanes as well, and the impractical-but-still-possible SLI/CrossFire setup, I have plenty of uses for all those lanes if given the capability.)
  5. toddw

    toddw [H]ard|Gawd

    Sep 9, 2004
    Thanks for another great article [H]
    Also, liking the numerous references here to PC CHips, lol... those were the days.

    My gigabyte board has been great and still going strong after ~7 years... BUT I don't think I'll be going Gigabyte when I FINALLY UPGRADE... TO RYZEN 2700X. As I've noticed from reading [H] reviews they STILL SUFFER FROM REBOOT LOOP. IMO Gigabyte is usually the bang for the buck winner, but reboot loop is such a freak'in PITA! Reboot loop takes all the fun out of tinkering and playing around w/settings. Oh I'm underclocked? yeah whatever I want to actually use my computer today....

    I was originally leaning toward MSI because of the M.2 shield... but my pci-e infatuation has wore off and I'm realizing a quality 2.5" SSD is the way to go for my needs. What I'll prob end up doing is sorting X470 and B450 MB's by price, and then choose based on price points that have the intel ALC 1220 sound codec.
  6. Lith1um

    Lith1um 2[H]4U

    Aug 3, 2004
    In November 2013 I bought a 3930k, 16gb Vengeance DDR3, and an Asus Rampage IV Formula from phillyboy in the FS/T forum. Paid $695 for everything. I've owned it so long that I literally forgot how long I've owned it, I just had to go look at my old pm's. I've never had a system last me even remotely near that long.

    Now I'm about to gift it to my nephew and upgrade my own system, but if he didn't need a pc I wouldn't even think about replacing it right now. It's still doing everything it needs to do, the other day I noticed 6 cores / 12 threads running in AC Origins.

    I don't remember the last time I saw a BSOD, a system hang, or any problem for that matter. It just works. Just picked up an 8700k and a Maximus X Hero.

    I used to love Abit motherboards. When Abit went out of the motherboard business one of their key bios programmers went to DFI. I want to say that his name was something like Andrew Chen, or something similar. After he started at DFI it felt almost like they picked up where Abit left off.
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  7. ixnay

    ixnay [H]Lite

    Nov 9, 2003
    Abit motherboards for life.
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  8. Keljian

    Keljian Limp Gawd

    Nov 7, 2006
    I've built computers for about 30 years. I've used the good, the bad and the ugly. Here's my take on this in the current market:
    1. Asrock Low-mid range motherboards are not half as bad as everyone says, and they support a lot of features at a better pricepoint than the other manufacturers. I have only ever had one go bad on me, and that was because I was overclocking the snot out of it for years and the fets finally gave up. By features - I mean: V-TD/IMMOU support, sometimes slots which other board manufacturers don't have (see Asrock z97-extreme6 for instance, which I had and is a beautiful motherboard) and other niceties. I have B85m-pro4 in my home server which has been going strong for about 5 years now, probably more. Just doesn't miss a beat.

    2. Asus low end boards are rubbish. They have very little in the way of amenities and have cheap components.

    3. Asus mid range boards are much better, I currently have an x370-prime pro and I'm very happy with it. I bought it primarily as it has more power phases than most other things around the same price range and an intel nic (which I value, but ironically don't use at the moment). If I had one gripe about it, it's that bios support is slow to reach me, but that has become less of an issue, it's a stable platform.

    4. Gigabyte boards are very flashy, but I've found have always had bios support which was mediocre. Either features aren't implemented properly or they're simply not implemented. Their dual bios stuff is nifty, but that doesn't make it worthwhile.

    5. ECS and Biostar used to have decent boards, but I have no idea in the current market.

    6. I've had two MSI boards, both of which were good value for money at the time, though one blew out a ram channel at one point. This was in the socket 939 days.

    7. Tyan boards don't have a lot of features but are built like tanks

    I've found:
    • Motherboard flex is a good thing, I don't want my boards snapping under strain
    • intel nics are very nice
    • Buy more memory slots than you're going to use if possible (you may need memory later)
    • Buy some pci-e slots you're not going to use. I've run short on multiple occasions. Useful having 1-2 extra 1x slots...
    • Buy a motherboard based on the features you need, not the brand. You're not going to be staring it in the face every day, so it doesn't need to look amazingly pretty, just needs to work and do what you want it to do. This was my rationale purchasing my current x370 board - I wanted lots of vrm support as I knew ryzen can be hungry for it and I knew I would mess with overclocking. Nothing below what I have (at the time) had more, and few above had more. Turns out I got exactly what I needed as shortly I ended up using both x16 slots for machine learning.

    I have never found a use case for asus' rampage/hero top of the line boards. I honestly haven't. Maybe I'm not in their target market, but I have had a perfectly acceptable experience without having to spend 2x on one of those. Would overclocking results be slightly better? I'll let you in on a secret - 100-200 mhz extra at 3700mhz ain't going to make a hell of a lot of difference, and for the majority of things, you're limited more by your cpu than you are your motherboard, provided you're not going for the cheapest thing on the market.

    If I were to throw $200 at a motherboard these days, I'd be looking at Asrock's range and Asus' midrange, and comparing features. MSI wouldn't get a look-in, and Gigabyte would only be another option if the other two didn't have a specific feature I wanted.
  9. dedobot

    dedobot [H]Lite

    Jun 19, 2012
    Used to be in the same boat.
    My primary win 2012 DC is on asus desktop mb, same for the 3/4 of the file servers.
    But novadays asus mobos are overloaded with unnecessary stuff which are possible point of failure and for the last two builds I went with supermicro.
  10. dedobot

    dedobot [H]Lite

    Jun 19, 2012
    I moved from asus when an x79a and x99 deluxe failed in short time frame . Never had such experience with asus's mb before.
    My humble opinion is too much extras , especially OC bullshits.
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  11. Kajun614

    Kajun614 [H]Lite

    Jul 7, 2016
    I've never gone with the top of the line motherboard. I always seem to fall in the middle somewhere. Never had a failure.. knock on wood. Now hard drives have let me down in the past.
  12. CAD4466HK

    CAD4466HK [H]ard|Gawd

    Jul 24, 2008
    I've only had 2 flagship motherboards. MSI 875P Neo and a MSI K8N Diamond Plus.
    The 875P was a flawless mobo that saw much abuse from a number of CPU upgrades and OC's, than I retired it to server duty. It then developed swollen cap syndrome and I gave it away.

    The K8N allowed me to OC the snot out of a 3700+, Opty 154 and a 4200+ and it ate RAM for breakfast. I killed it by hooking it up to a custom USB port I had modded into a case.

    Will I ever pay over $300 for a mobo again? I think not. I have gotten conservative in my old age. But I won't be low ballin' it either.
  13. OhSigmaChi

    OhSigmaChi n00b

    Jan 27, 2019
    I am an unabashed bargain shopper, cobbling together my systems from used (usually) parts that are at least one generation old. That being said I always try to buy the top end parts, albeit just a couple of generations behind the current role outs of CPUs. I pretty happy with the last few AMD FM2+ systems I've built (usually 860K and A88 chipset based) that perform really well (on a dollars/performance basis) with a quality board that overclocks well.
  14. OhSigmaChi

    OhSigmaChi n00b

    Jan 27, 2019
    As just a quick anecdotal story about mobo bells and whistles: I recently added a new (to me) mobo to an older HP FM2 based system. The increase in sound quality from the old stock HP mobo to a gigabyte GA-F2A78M-HD2 was just un-be-lievable!

    truly a "night and day" difference.
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  15. davidm71

    davidm71 [H]ard|Gawd

    Feb 11, 2004
    I would say no from personal experience. Once bought a Godlike motherboard and quite honestly it wasnt all that Godlike.
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