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The most reliable motherboard manufacturer

The most reliable motherboard manufacturer (regardless of price)  

18 members have voted

  1. 1. The most reliable motherboard manufacturer

    • ASUS
      14
    • Asrock
      0
    • MSI
      2
    • Gigabyte
      1
    • EVGA
      1
    • BIOSTER
      0


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Which manufacturer produces the most reliable motherboard (regardless of price) in your own experience? Has a certain brand of mobo been failing you a lot ?

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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 minute ago, gloop said:

All of them have bad motherboards, if you buy by brand, frankly you are stupid. 

I am totally with you on this. It is definitely stupid to buy a mobo solely based on brand and there are other factors at play such as the specs, prices and aesthetics. And here I am polling for the perceived reliability.  

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Just now, Cru012 said:

I am totally with you on this. It is definitely stupid to buy a mobo solely based on brand and there are other factors at play such as the specs, prices and aesthetics. And here I am polling for the perceived reliability.  

Then I’ll go Asus. Personally I’ve found they have the best Customer Service, and their BIOSes are half-decent. 


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6 minutes ago, Cru012 said:

mobo solely based on brand

If you do that you'll end up with a bad board most likely. 

All of them are good and bad. 

Depends on what model we're talking about. 

Don't buy based on brand, look at the product. 


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3100.

B550m TuF plus.

Hyper x rgb 8 gig stick. (MJR or CJR  i still don't know lol).

1650 super.

CX450.

MX500.

NX500.

 

 

 

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5 minutes ago, TofuHaroto said:

If you do that you'll end up with a bad board most likely. 

All of them are good and bad. 

Depends on what model we're talking about. 

Don't buy based on brand, look at the product. 

True, but sadly reliability is not something that shows up in a product review or short test. This is something to look at over time.

 

Honestly, I don't feel like I have gone through enough motherboards to really say. Based on my own building experience:

 

- Built with 2 Gigabyte motherboards for my parents. One was in service for 5-10 years. Other one for 6 years. Both work fine to this day.

- Built with 2 MSI motherboards for gaming PC's: both were fine. One PC had issues, but could have been the PSU.

- Built with 1 Asrock motherboard: Works fine.

 

The more important question is probably: how good is customer support when it fails? Because sooner or later, one will fail, no matter the brand.

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Just now, maartendc said:

The more important question is probably: how good is customer support when it fails?

Yea, I guess if we had 3 identical boards from different brands it comes down to that. 

But since we don't really have that, just the product not the brand. 


Fun Fact: The Meshify c is the best case to ever exist.

 

 

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3100.

B550m TuF plus.

Hyper x rgb 8 gig stick. (MJR or CJR  i still don't know lol).

1650 super.

CX450.

MX500.

NX500.

 

 

 

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Asus. 

 

A couple other brands not on the list.

 

ECS

Abit

DFI

Super Micro

 

All of the above are reliable boards.

Most of which no longer produce boards.

 

Through the years have had boards from each manufacturer from the above lists.

 

Would have to say Biostop was closest to the bottom of the barrel.

 


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I have used Asus boards Z68 + Z270 + Z390 for the past 9 years years and i haven't had a single problem so far. 


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I'm voting ASUS simply because my last two daily systems have been running on an ASUS board and I haven't had any notable issues, but there is no such thing as reliability based on who manufactured the board - all of these manufacturers have good and bad boards.

Last time I had problems with an ASUS board was with a P43 board of theirs, running a Core 2 Quad, so LGA775.

 

I've used, or at least attempted to use Asrock I think twice and both times they were a nightmare, but granted they were fairly low-end boards iirc so you get what you pay for I guess.

I tried using an MSI board (either LGA1150 or 1155, can't remember exactly) on which, hilariously, the USB 3.0 port and 24-pin were to close together, so you literally could not plug in the USB 3 without damaging something, so I returned it. That being said, I've got another system running in my home with an MSI B450 board running flawlessly. This, again, goes to show that the manufacturer doesn't really matter, or at least doesn't indicate whether a board will be good or not.

 

I'm 99% sure I'm not going ASUS for my next build though. Or rather, if I was to build my actual daily system now, I wouldn't go ASUS.


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since you included evga, they honor their warranty and quickly, get a dark and enjoy.


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1 hour ago, Mateyyy said:

I'm voting ASUS simply because my last two daily systems have been running on an ASUS board and I haven't had any notable issues, but there is no such thing as reliability based on who manufactured the board - all of these manufacturers have good and bad boards.

Last time I had problems with an ASUS board was with a P43 board of theirs, running a Core 2 Quad, so LGA775.

 

I've used, or at least attempted to use Asrock I think twice and both times they were a nightmare, but granted they were fairly low-end boards iirc so you get what you pay for I guess.

I tried using an MSI board (either LGA1150 or 1155, can't remember exactly) on which, hilariously, the USB 3.0 port and 24-pin were to close together, so you literally could not plug in the USB 3 without damaging something, so I returned it. That being said, I've got another system running in my home with an MSI B450 board running flawlessly. This, again, goes to show that the manufacturer doesn't really matter, or at least doesn't indicate whether a board will be good or not.

 

I'm 99% sure I'm not going ASUS for my next build though. Or rather, if I was to build my actual daily system now, I wouldn't go ASUS.

I am a little confused. You had bad experience with Asrock and MSI for various reasons. But that is exactly why you should go for ASUS, right? Because that is at least the one with more neutral/positive experience. 

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Just now, Cru012 said:

I am a little confused. You had bad experience with Asrock and MSI for various reasons. But that is exactly why you should go for ASUS, right? Because that is at least the one with more neutral/positive experience. 

I'm not going to comment on Asrock since I don't have enough personal experience with their boards, but what I said is that with MSI I had both good experiences and worse ones, and sort of the same with ASUS (granted a long time ago, specifically back in the DDR2 days). I'm saying that brand does not equal reliability, even with my limited sample size.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
5 hours ago, maartendc said:

True, but sadly reliability is not something that shows up in a product review or short test. This is something to look at over time.

 

Honestly, I don't feel like I have gone through enough motherboards to really say. Based on my own building experience:

 

- Built with 2 Gigabyte motherboards for my parents. One was in service for 5-10 years. Other one for 6 years. Both work fine to this day.

- Built with 2 MSI motherboards for gaming PC's: both were fine. One PC had issues, but could have been the PSU.

- Built with 1 Asrock motherboard: Works fine.

 

The more important question is probably: how good is customer support when it fails? Because sooner or later, one will fail, no matter the brand.

Yes - exactly - there is pretty much no way to measure reliability. Everyone uses the boards differently. Surely overclocking may reduce their life span but not doing so doesn't necessarily mean the board will last longer anyway. Like @Mateyyy and perhaps most of us, there is pretty much no way to get a large enough sample size personally, unless you somehow owns an electronic store and just test every board you have in stock. However, I still think this poll is useful in that people seem to have less problematic issues associated with ASUS at least within this limited sample size. Of course, manufacturing technology can change and probably had given the past day of the liquid vs solid capacity (that was one of my early computer and I thought I broke it). Seems like indeed there is a ASUS premium over and above their omnipresent marketing in YouTube and elsewhere. I guess the only drawback, if any, must be their price. 

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4 minutes ago, Cru012 said:

Yes - exactly - there is pretty much no way to measure reliability. Everyone uses the boards differently. Surely overclocking may reduce their life span but not doing so doesn't necessarily mean the board will last longer anyway. Like @Mateyyy and perhaps most of us, there is pretty much no way to get a large enough sample size personally, unless you somehow owns an electronic store and just test every board you have in stock. However, I still think this poll is useful in that people seem to have less problematic issues associated with ASUS at least within this limited sample size. Of course, manufacturing technology can change and probably had given the past day of the liquid vs solid capacity (that was one of my early computer and I thought I broke it). Seems like indeed there is a ASUS premium over and above their omnipresent marketing in YouTube and elsewhere. I guess the only drawback, if any, must be their price. 

Exactly right on the sample size.

 

But by that logic, I don't think anyone could say any brand is more reliable, including Asus. I've never really bought Asus products, but I'd be surprised if they actually are more reliable in real world application. How much of it is just down to clever marketing?

 

Perhaps they make appealing products that perform well. But reliability? I mean, electronics are so finicky, I bet every brand has a failure rate of like 1-2% at least.


Look at the failure rate Backblaze posts for hard drives. https://www.backblaze.com/blog/backblaze-hard-drive-stats-q3-2019/

 

Most hard drives perform around 1% failure rate. Sure, there are some problematic product lines to be avoided. But by and large, they are all in the same ballpark. Same goes for motherboards probably. Just my opinion.

 

 

 

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Worst "manufacturer" are HP, Dell, Lenovo

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
6 minutes ago, Mister Woof said:

Worst "manufacturer" are HP, Dell, Lenovo

 

Change my mind

I had two dell laptops before. As a user, I cannot change your mind. 

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2 hours ago, Mister Woof said:

Worst "manufacturer" are HP, Dell, Lenovo

 

Change my mind

Hard to say. I've had two consumer HPs and it was a whole lot of struggle with those.

The most stable laptop I've owned or used is the ThinkPad t420 and my brother's t420s (he now owns a t450). If I ever were to buy a laptop it would be a ThinkPad hands down. 

Although dell and hp business laptops are also decent the time I've used those. 

 

For desktop brands I've only used Asus and they have been good to me, cleans uefi with decent design choices and features. My brother had a bug two years in with just z97 board so the uefi UI was fucked (every menue on top of each other), we guessed our way to the uefi update menue and after a new bios update it was fine. 

Buying asrock for the first time now because Asus are stupid and puts the 16x slot on slot two on a mATX board, limiting expandability and fresh air for the GPU 

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