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Old 10-13-2010, 05:20 PM   #1
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Arrow Need some advice: Comparing motherboards...
Ok, so I am looking for a decent motherboard for an AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition (3.2GHz socket: AM3), and I have narrowed it down to these two candidates:

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813128435

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...2E16813131633&

Both motherboards are identical in price and have similar specs (with a few minor differences), though I am sort of leaning towards the Gigabyte board because it has 2 USB 3.0 connections. Are either one of these worth getting? Or could you guys recommend me something better in a similar price range? (under $200.00 Canadian)
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:50 PM   #2
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Re: Need some advice: Comparing motherboards...
The Gigabyte

Solid Japanese capacitors, heavy duty board construction, Dual Bios, and a bunch of other features. I've got a cheap one and it's unbelievably nice.


Back in the day, I'd take the ASUS everytime. Not anymore. In fact some of the ASUS boards are rather crappy.
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:53 PM   #3
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Re: Need some advice: Comparing motherboards...
The GA-890 looks like it gives you full speed (16x) on all the PCIe slots as opposed to 8x on the other board.
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Old 10-13-2010, 09:07 PM   #4
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Re: Need some advice: Comparing motherboards...
That Gigabyte looks very similar to a board I used to build a friend's machine. I've always sworn by ASUS, but I know from experience that GB is a solid board. I'd go with that
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Old 10-14-2010, 07:51 PM   #5
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Re: Need some advice: Comparing motherboards...
so a unanimous vote for the Gigabyte motherboard then? Well OK. After comparing both closer, the GA-89 should have probably been the obvious choice. Though, I guess I did overlook the PCIe slot speeds... which would be another strike against the Asus board. Also, the shipping for for the GA-89 is a few dollars cheaper... small bonus there too.

I have had two Gigabyte motherboards in the past and both were very solid, though one of them did blow a couple capacitors... but still managed to work regardless. I can't say that I have ever owned an ASUS Motherboard, so I am very uncertain about the build quality in comparison. So it's nice to get some impressions from people who owned both.

Anyway thanks a lot for the input, guys.
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:11 PM   #6
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Though, I guess I did overlook the PCIe slot speeds... which would be another strike against the Asus board.
Both are 2.0 x16 or x8,x8 in Crossfire though.
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Old 11-12-2010, 05:14 PM   #7
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Re: Need some advice: Comparing motherboards...
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The Gigabyte

Solid Japanese capacitors, heavy duty board construction, Dual Bios, and a bunch of other features. I've got a cheap one and it's unbelievably nice.


Back in the day, I'd take the ASUS everytime. Not anymore. In fact some of the ASUS boards are rather crappy.
True dat, owned a Gigabyte 790GX mobo since Windows 7 launched, and hasn't had one bit of trouble yet, and I have the same CPU as the OP has, so one can probably bet that the 890GX would be just as good of a mobo, if not better. Probably the same overclockability, and features, and what not.
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Old 11-20-2010, 09:25 AM   #8
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I had a problem with as ASUS board and got a Gigabyte and it's performed top notch, I'd buy another. Good BIOS options and very fine control for overclockers with features like revert to last setting if it wont boot.
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