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Old 3rd October, 2002, 09:19 PM
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The most reliable.

This is what I want to know,
what is the most reliable motherboard you can buy for AMD chips.
I mean is almost guaranteed to work straight out of the box and rarely crash. I'm not interested in performance, or overclocking, just reliability.
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Old 3rd October, 2002, 09:54 PM
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For JUST reliability I think Asus makes a damn good board. My experience has been leaning towards epox for overcloking features and ability to squeeze mhz. I can say that most of the Epox boards I've worked with were reliable, even the refurbished ones...
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Old 5th October, 2002, 03:15 PM
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surely some of you have different ideas??
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I have had great experience and know several hardcore users (not overclockers) who just love SOYO Dragon boards for right out of the box for years and years reliability.

No personal experience, but several others swear by (not at) Gigabyte.

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Usually the most reliable boards are the worst overclockers.

Epox is big around here, but has rececntly been bashed a bit, like all boards.

I guess that the biggest excitement being generated presently is anything w/ the Nforce2 chipset. But, it's reliability and performance is still being questioned as is that of the Via KT400.

What it really depends on are your needs.

 

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Soyo is fine~ just find a RELIABLE resorce for them~ Epox- good oc/ tweaking board~ Msi= good workstation/end user- abit- SOLID
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Old 5th October, 2002, 06:36 PM
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Usually the most reliable boards are the worst overclockers.

Epox is big around here, but has rececntly been bashed a bit, like all boards.

I guess that the biggest excitement being generated presently is anything w/ the Nforce2 chipset. But, it's reliability and performance is still being questioned as is that of the Via KT400.

What it really depends on are your needs.

 

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based on the needs spelled out in the first post what motherboard would you suggest.
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I personally will be keeping an eye on the Nforce2 boards, that will soon be released. Wait and watch...

I do like the results that guys have had w/ the epox 333's. They do actually kick ass on the new 400's. Why? leaves many still wondering.

I've had good luck w/ via chipsets and wouldn't be afraid to buy another. I presently run an old Iwill KK266 w/ sdram. But, I'd not suggest it.

All of the major mfg's make reliable boards. It's the chipsets, bells and whistles that separate them.

 

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Usually the most reliable boards are the worst overclockers.
You will probably find that overclocking tends to kill boards.

8k3a/8k5a are a very reliable product indeed.

If you buy from a quality manufacturer (abit asus epox) then you should have great reliablity even when overclocked.

Also remember that the more of a particular board that sells into the overclocking community the more people will have faliures (8kha+ is a good example)
That may be why boards that are seldom overclocked appear more reliable (as only a handfull are used in such a way)

The most important thing is to buy from a reputable vendor who will give prompt and efficent RMA should you have a problem, then in theunlikely event of a faliure you wont have too much hassle.
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I agree completely Holst. I was supplying some other manufacturers for him to look at. I'm not a closet EPOX man, I'm way out front about it!
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While I agree w/ Holst on most points... I've never seen a mobo die from overclocking. Chips...yes. And that's usually because of insufficient cooling and mobos that allow too much voltage.

Being an overclockin nut, I don't blame anyone but myself.

I don't even look at boards that won't oc.
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I have had great experience and know several hardcore users (not overclockers) who just love SOYO Dragon boards for right out of the box for years and years reliability.

No personal experience, but several others swear by (not at) Gigabyte.

HTH.
OK you just mentioned two mobo's that I've had nothing but trouble with.

For me the most reliable has to be Abit.
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Old 6th October, 2002, 05:58 PM
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lol, seems there is no clear consensus. Oh well
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My Asus A7V333 is fast and has so far been very reliable for me, even when overclocking. Its cheap and definately a good board.

I don't think you will go wrong with Epox either. Keep clear of ECS, lol.
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hey I use ECS they rock
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hey I use ECS they rock
I saw that in your sig which was why I pointed them out. I was only kidding, m8!

However, here in Denmark ECS have more RMA's than Asus or Epox, for example.
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If you have no desire to run *nix, can live with 133 Mhz FSB and 2 DDR slots(Max 1 Gb RAM), as well as 3 PCI slots, and don't mind spending $75, shipped from Newegg, do I have the board for you. Asus A7N266-VM. The three PCI slots make more sense when you learn that the board has built-in GF 2 MX, NIC and AC97 sound. Which all work. The nForce 220D chipset gives performance on par with Via's KT-266.

I gotta tell ya, I love this mainboard! Sure, it has limitations. Don't we all? Careful desoldering of one undocumented jumper adds some OCing ability, as new settings appear in the BIOS. Adjusting Vcore and Vdimm ain't possible. It's always something.
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