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Windows 7: Choosing A Motherboard

09 Jun 2011   #21
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

My personal preference is Asus, Gigabyte and Intel. I've owned multiple boards from all of them and have had good track records. The only one I ever had a problem with was a gigabyte, and after about 7 years, one of the IDE controllers onboard simply crapped out. I put in an IDE card and it went a few more years before I retired the box.

With any product, I look at the reviews. But I don't put much faith in the reviews that give it 1 star and say "Absolutely garbage, etc". Especially with something like hard drives. It seems some people have tons of bad hard drive after hard drive after hard drive. But yet, I simply cannot remember the last physical hard drive that actually failed on me. And I've gone through lots of hard drives over the years at work as well as at home. They are often replaced as they became too small, or too slow.

I've used Biostar mobos without problems. Friends of mine are currently using MSI boards on new Sandy Bridge setups without any issue. I've had other friends who used DFI boards. While I have heard of ASRock, I don't know anybody personally who has used one.


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09 Jun 2011   #22
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

Earlier you asked about Asrock boards. I have a P67 Asrock extreme4 MB. All I can say is that is has performed anything I have tried to do and have had no issues with it. The board is solid. The best I can say about this board is that I have messed up bios trying to OC and blue screened trying to boot windows, but I have never been able to do anything that will make it not post. This is the only Asrock board I have any experience with. I have experience with MSI and cannot recommend them. Others seem to like it but I'll never have have another MSI board.
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09 Jun 2011   #23
seekermeister

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

Here is a statement that I found in one review of the ASrock that caught my eye:

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Some of the motherboards out there will sacrifice bandwidth in one area to satisfy the needs of another. That is not the case with ASRock's True 333 technology. The ASRock 890GX Extreme3 features the True 333 technology. This technology allows you to run the PCI-E for the latest graphics cards, SATA3 and USB 3.0 at full speed simultaneously!
I hadn't given it much (any) thought until reading this, but it sounds as though the overall performance would be better than on competitive motherboards.
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09 Jun 2011   #24
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

I've seen that but like you have never given it much thought. I have an Intel board and you are looking at an AMD board. As you know, they are both completely different animals. It just strikes me that I've always been told that all chipsets come with a set number of lanes of traffic they can support and it's true that most have to give some items less lanes to give other items more. So, if that is true it seems like some items are addons, similar with what all the P67 boards do by adding on the Marvell ports. So, what they may be doing is giving all the chipset lanes to pcie and sata ports and having an addon USB 3.0. However, I guess it makes no difference how they do it as long as the performance is there.
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09 Jun 2011   #25
seekermeister

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

I think that I'm getting close to making a decision for this motherboard:

Amazon.com: ASRock Socket AM3/AMD 890FX/SATA3&USB3.0/Quad CrossFireX/A&GbE/ATX Motherboard 890FX Deluxe4: Electronics

I like the fact that it has 8 SATA3 connections, not counting the 1 eSATA3, but I would need to find another vendor, because I don't want to wait 2-4 weeks for it to be shipped. One question remains, since it has 4 x16 PCIe slots, is there any reason that 3 of them couldn't be used for PCIe devices besides graphics?
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09 Jun 2011   #26
essenbe

Windows 10 Pro/ Windows 10 Pro Insider
 
 

It actually has 2 X16, 1X16@X4, and 2 X1. If you look at Newegg You will be able to get more details than Amazon gives.
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09 Jun 2011   #27
Dwarf

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

I would trust the manufacturer's website rather than the likes of eBay, Amazon, Scan, Newegg, etc.

ASRock > Products > 890FX Deluxe4
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09 Jun 2011   #28
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Looks like a solid choice Seeker. I like the 8 USB ports on the rear and the 3 USB headers on the board, one of which is USB3.0 for a case with those ports. A total of 14 USB ports possible!
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09 Jun 2011   #29
seekermeister

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

essenbe,

You're right. I guess that it having ATI Quad Crossfire support threw me off. Not that it matters, since I will not use it, but how does one get Quad Crossfire, out of only 3 slots, since it appears that it does not have onboard video?
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09 Jun 2011   #30
seekermeister

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
I would trust the manufacturer's website rather than the likes of eBay, Amazon, Scan, Newegg, etc.

ASRock > Products > 890FX Deluxe4
Agreed. Actually, I have been looking at the ASRock website specs, but have been flicking back and forth too much and getting my eyes blurry.

I'm still comparing the Deluxe 4 model, to the Deluxe 5. They seem to be pretty much the same, with exceptions regarding the caps and some other functions that I'm still trying to sort out.
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