I'm sick of mobo makers!

Discussion in 'AOpen' started by Wizza, Jan 5, 2004.

  1. Wizza

    Wizza Guest

    This is my two cents! I don't want to start a war, just want to expose you
    my opinion.

    I'm in computer industry for 10 years, working as network manager and
    technician. I'm sick of all those mobo manufacturers who produce flashy,
    but poorly designed boards. I don't want to look my board, I want to use
    it! Today's board are about all deficient: bad capacitors and poor voltage
    regulation. 50% fails in 2 years or so. The only mobo maker that produce
    board that last long is Intel, they use really good quality capacitors,
    coils, mofsets... Aopen, Asus, Abit have all RMA % between 15% to 30%
    during the first year while Intel have an RMA % that is less than 5%. But
    Intel don't produce AMD board. When you are an AMD Athlon user as me, what
    compagny can offer me boards as good as Intel Desktop Board? I had problem
    with Asus board (A7V266-E and A7V333), Aopen board (AK77-333), abit (KD7 and
    NF7). Always the same problems, capacitors leakage or burned chip. Voltage
    are good and used those board were working on different kind of power supply
    (mainly Enermax and Antec, but some Sparkle).

    I have just one thing to say to mobo makers: I don't want a board that flash
    and can overclock to hell, I WAN'T A GOOD BOARD!!!!

    Wizza, Jan 5, 2004
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    Roger M Guest

    I'm using Epox boards. I haven't had a problem. I decided to try and save a
    little money and bought an Aopen board but it doesn't work too well. I'll have
    to wait and see if the Epox boards last. They're very stable I'll give them
    that, even if I overclock the crap out of them they work fine. For what they
    cost A failure isn't too big a deal except having to repair the machine. If I
    couldn't do it myself then it would be a big issue.

    Roger M, Jan 5, 2004
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    Wesley Guest

    Yeah. That why I still stuck with my belove AOpen AX6BC I've got 3 working

    I did bit off to AMD Jetway & Abit both gave me absolute nightmare - too
    many crashes freeze etc etc - I lost my temper with them and threw them away
    and bring back my old AX6BC to working again for more many years :)

    Only ageing though :(


    Wesley, Jan 5, 2004
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    MJ Guest

    In the past year I've had 6 Abit AT7 max2 boards. Two were DOA, two
    never completed a windows installation and were returned, and two were
    returned due to misc and multiple problems, all confirmed as board
    faults and nothing to do with any peripheral attached. I have now
    washed my hands of Abit.

    In desperation I got a Gigabyte VAXP7, but it was was returned after 3
    months due to hanging at boot up prior to displaying the cpu speed.
    The dealer confirmed a fault. He replaced it with a later GA-7N400
    Pro2, which I haven't installed yet. This will be my reserve pc. For
    my main pc I have just ordered an Asus P4P800 Deluxe in a move back to
    Pentium based boards. If this doesn't work then it will be an Intel
    board next.

    I've also got an Aopen AK77 600 which was the worst board I've ever
    had to install. It took me the best part of 2 weeks to get it running
    because it wouldn't detect drives on the raid and sata ports. It won't
    detect drives jumpered cable select, which I want because I have
    removeable drives and multiple locations for them. Last week it
    started hanging on boot up at memory test. It would read "Memory T"
    for 2 minutes before continuing. Reflashing the bios fixed it, but why
    should I have to do this? I cannot get any sata ports to work now.
    I'm leaving it running 24/7 at the moment because I cannot afford to
    turn it off and have something else fail on boot up. I thought any
    manufacturer other than Abit would be an improvement, but I guess I
    was wrong.

    MJ, Jan 5, 2004
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    Nystagmus Guest

    I've built a few AMD based systems in my time and everyone I've built for
    family and friends is still working today.
    The oldest system build still in operation is an Epox Super Socket 7 running
    an AMD K6-2 500MHz with 256MB of
    PC 100. My in-laws are using it for word processing, Chess, emailing and
    surfing, and they are quite happy with it. This mainboard is 7 yrs old!
    Outlasted the HD, Floppy, PSU and a couple of case fans.

    Other builds include Shuttle AV30 (only non AMD-it's running a V3 Ezra
    900MHz), FIC SD-11, Asus ??? Slot A,
    PC Chips ???, ECS K7S5A, and most recently my exceptionally well behaved
    AOpen AK79G Max.

    None of the systems are OC'd. All were built for stability. Do you OC?
    Maybe you have a poor supplier of mainboards.
    I couldn't be happier with all my babies. They have matured well.

    Nystagmus, Jan 6, 2004
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    MJ Guest

    I don't think the AMD chip is the problem, just the boards that are
    designed for it. I've bought 3 AMDs, and had around 8 Pentiums. The
    only failure was an AMD 1400. I've never overclocked a board. Prior to
    the string of failed Abit AT7s I had an Abit KG7-R which failed after
    18 months. Before that a couple of Abit BH6s, which are still working
    if I wanted to use them, and also a couple of Abit VH6s, again still
    working. It was the AT7 which crippled me last year. I bought 3 from
    one supplier, and to break the return/replace cycle I got one from
    another supplier. I eventually had 3 from each supplier. The last one
    is just being packaged up now for return and has had barely a month's
    use. I'm careful in handling and building. I know all about static. I
    use a UPS with surge protection. I've just had the most unbelievable
    run of bad luck for most of last year with just about everything I
    buy. From a batch of Canon 9100 printer cartridges which are supposed
    to be transparent for the printer to read the contents, which turned
    out to a opaque, to buying a safe with a digital lock, with the
    combination locked inside. Then there are 4 Canon printers (2
    different types), all faulty, and dvd player which turned out to have
    been used and returned. And I mustn't forget the box of 4 brake pads
    for the car which had one missing because somebody had bought it
    previously, taken one out and returned the rest for a refund and got
    away with it. I could go on......

    MJ, Jan 6, 2004
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    Fish Guest


    Unlucky, because with two exceptions (a failed CDRW drive and a failed
    GF4 ti4200 card) I haven't had a component failure in many years. The
    maker of the videocard replaced it immediately without quibble. The
    maker of the CDRW started to quibble, so I put it in the garbage and
    will never use that brand again.

    IMHO, a way out this is to stay at least six and preferably nearer 12
    months behind the curve. Never buy revision 1 of anything. Only buy
    equipment that's been out for long enough to be tried, tested, revised
    and have a serious amount of user feedback on it. If you do your
    research on this basis, it soon becomes fairly clear whom to avoid and
    who seems to be producing decent stuff. Where I live, for example, I
    would never consider an Abit board because their reputation for customer
    service is shall we say less than stellar. Nor would I ever consider a
    mobo that had some kind of proprietory gizmos on it (beloved of Abit and
    Aopen, too), or which had a Via chipset.

    The list of those I now avoid is a long one, including Asus (they rush
    boards to market knowing they are unfinished), SMC (nightmare firmware
    upgrade on an FU basis) and Creative (nightmarish drivers, spyware, a
    useless webcam, among others). But hey, that still leaves loads of other
    decent and imho superior brands like Epox, Intel, Liteon, M-Audio, etc.

    Unless you're a rabid gamer who's buying the upgrade crack, most of us
    don't need high-end power anyway. Those that do, for professional
    reasons, can prolly afford service contracts and truly high-end gear in
    the way we can't.


    Fish, Jan 6, 2004
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    Nystagmus Guest

    Well stated Fish.

    Nystagmus, Jan 7, 2004
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    Carbon Guest

    I'm still using an ax6bc as my main board because it's solid as a rock. I
    got a promise ata100 card for it, and a tualatin 1.2g celeron and slocket.

    However, I've built a couple of machines this past week with nforce2-400
    mainboards and xp2500+ cpus. Damn, those things are fast, especially since
    they'll both happily run at 3200+ (400mhz cpu speed) all day long without
    changing the stock voltage or cooling. Not bad when you can get the board
    and cpu for less than $150.

    Probably at some point I'll do the transplant, though it's not really
    Carbon, Jan 21, 2004
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