Published on 11th June 2012 by
Dimensions (mm) 305 x 244 (m-ATX)
Originally Posted by Balbinder For example: this motherboard is missing up to 10.5% on gaming performance. This could easily be the deciding factor in whether to buy a new graphics card or carry on with your old one.
New graphics cards that could bridge this performance gap could easily run into £180 and resale value on ebay of your old card could represent an £140 loss. Therefore, spending an extra £50 on a new motherboard looks like a rational choice.
Secondly, a more expensive motherboard will come with a lot of extra features and last much longer than a cheaper motherboard when overclocking is taken into consideration. Ive got my old MSI GD70 790FX (AMD premium motherboard Bittech awarded) motherboard going strong in brothers PC well outside its warranty period.
Ive got cheapo Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 (£78) for my I5 2500K, which is the worst motherboard Ive ever owned. Youve got boot loops, plugging in certain USB devices prevents you getting into the motherboard Bios and I cant get my GSkill memory to run stably over 1600 MHz. Nor can I install 4 sticks of memory and post at XMP profiles. Nor does it benchmark anywhere close to a better Z68 motherboard. Of course, I use to be on AMD motherboards (the crappiness of Bulldozer made me switch to Intel), which gives you same features as Intel chipset for a bone crunching saving of £50.
I, personally, like the MSI Brand, but this motherboard stinks to high hell and if mingemuncher had paid attention to review hed appreciate the inherit wisdom shown by the Bittech reviewer. Also, mingemuncher should realise a benchmark review is merely the tip of iceberg and there will many additional problems with this motherboard beneath the surface of the bare benchmark Bittech numbers a crap motherboard always has extra problems that go unnoticed in a benchmark review!
Originally Posted by [USRF]ObiwanMaybe you don't believe it but 90% of users do not do overclock.
Originally Posted by Tomrh99I think you should compare it to similarly-priced boards... It has some features like on-board USB 3.0 for front pannel connectors that similarly priced boards do not have.
I just think you can't compare budget boards to expensive boards, they are not even trying to compete. Look at it against direct competitors.
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