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Windows 7: Choosing A Motherboard

08 Jun 2011   #11
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

ASUS is still the company I use and recommend. When you do the volume of business that ASUS does, you will have bad products show up. People always are ready to tout that their stuff is broken, or goes above their expectations, but less automatically inclined to leave a good review if their product is working just as it should.


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08 Jun 2011   #12
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiquidSnak View Post
ASUS is still the company I use and recommend. When you do the volume of business that ASUS does, you will have bad products show up. People always are ready to tout that their stuff is broken, or goes above their expectations, but less automatically inclined to leave a good review if their product is working just as it should.
I normally would agree with you, but this user comment deters me on this motherboard:

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This board has a faulty USB system that is documented with over 125 messages since Nov 2010 on the ASUS forum. Countless hours trouble shooting mine, without success, led me to the ASUS forum where I discovered I am one of many with the same problem, which ASUS won't acknowledge, but rather simply issues RMAs when people complain. The replacement boards people get exhibit the same faults. Wishing I had bought the Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H with virtually identical features.
He wasn't specific about what the problem with USB is, but USB is far too important for it to not work properly.
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08 Jun 2011   #13
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Motherboards apparently aren't as reliable as a pocket knife or a refrigerator. Particularly if you take the complaints found on various online forums at face value.

If you want a board with no online complaints, find one from a little known manufacturer.

I say the above half but only half facetiously. I understand what you are up against and your unwillingness to buy a brand/model that appears to have deficiencies and your reluctance to deal with companies whose customer service is questionable.

But I don't think you have much choice on the customer service issue. None of them are stellar on this point--it just isn't in their tradition like it is for other lines of business where bad customer service will put you out of business in a hurry.

In my experience, Asus is particularly shaky on service.

You are probably going to have to take risks you would rather not take, considering it will be an online purchase with a manufacturer located halfway around the world. Not a pleasant prospect, but I don't know how you avoid it. You will be involved in a game of chance regardless of what board you choose and your number could come up more easily than you would like.
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08 Jun 2011   #14
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

I suggested another that is as capable as that board should be, and under your budget
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09 Jun 2011   #15
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

I came across this motherboard:

ASROCK AMD 890GX Extreme3 Motherboard 6 Core Ready USB3 | eBay

Which is somewhat more expensive than I wanted, but since I have no personal experience with ASRock, I'm wondering if anyone here has, and can fill me in?
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09 Jun 2011   #16
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

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09 Jun 2011   #17
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LiquidSnak View Post
ASUS is still the company I use and recommend. When you do the volume of business that ASUS does, you will have bad products show up. People always are ready to tout that their stuff is broken, or goes above their expectations, but less automatically inclined to leave a good review if their product is working just as it should.
I normally would agree with you, but this user comment deters me on this motherboard:

Quote:
This board has a faulty USB system that is documented with over 125 messages since Nov 2010 on the ASUS forum. Countless hours trouble shooting mine, without success, led me to the ASUS forum where I discovered I am one of many with the same problem, which ASUS won't acknowledge, but rather simply issues RMAs when people complain. The replacement boards people get exhibit the same faults. Wishing I had bought the Gigabyte GA-890GPA-UD3H with virtually identical features.
He wasn't specific about what the problem with USB is, but USB is far too important for it to not work properly.
I think that I found the Asus Forum thread that the user that I mentioned was talking about:

ASUSTeK Computer Inc.-Forum- Plugging into USB causes video to short...

I have not gone through the entire thread, but at first glance, it does appear that there is a design flaw with this motherboard.
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09 Jun 2011   #18
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

The price is nice, but it is short on USB and SATA connectors. Even if it weren't, before I could make a decision about it, I would need some feedback at least on the brand.
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09 Jun 2011   #19
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Feed back is just that someone else's opinion, you'll find 3 that love the board w/no problems and 2 that hate the company and had nothing but problems, there's no guantee's. All these RMA's are caused by user's not knowing how to install things so therefore it's got to be faulty hardware, when in fact there was nothing wrong w/ the item. Buy the one you want there's no guaranties that you can make it work.
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09 Jun 2011   #20
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

The value in knowing the opinions of others is not in expecting a consensus among them, it is in providing a variety of viewpoints to consider, and then being able to decide which of them have greater validity. If people only relied on their own first hand experience, then there really wouldn't be a purpose for forums such as this one...would there?
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