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Mother board failure rates.

By Bill ·
RE:Gigabyte Mother Board
GA-8IHXP
Intel?850E AGPset

I am in the process of building a high end PC and would like to use the new board listed above. I have been told that this Mfg has a very high failure rate when compared to the MB industry as a whole. Is there a place where I can find this kind of information before I make my choice. This board (GA-8IHXP) has everything I am looking for.
I am also told that AMD will have new technology around Jan 2003 for dual processor high end boards, is this correct? If so I need this AMD information.
Regards, Bill Jewell Bill@ferret.mv.com

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by James R Linn In reply to Mother board failure rate ...

Well you won't be able to get much information on the failure rate of this particular board because of the short period of time that its been out.

Generally for hardware reviews, I go to www.anandtech.com or www.tomshardware.com.

I haven't had any personal experience with Gigas but I currently own an Abit, as the consensus is usually that Asus and Abit are fairly high quality. Since the delta in price between a low end vendors and high end ones is so low these days, why not invest the money in the best MB? Surely the extra 20 or 40$ is worth the elimination of some potential hassle.


As to waiting for a new AMD technology - what is your application? If its a server, does the application take advantage of 2 processors? Not all do. Two processors will never be twice as fast and in some instances will not be significantly faster than one -depends on the application.

You can always wait for the nexttechnology - but if you wait for the next AMD, you might want to look at the next Intel, and all of a sudden you could be waiting years. Depending on your application, the CPU is not always the constraining speed factor - sometimes its I/O, HD writes, video processing or some other factor.

Tell us more about the application you want to run.


James

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by TheChas In reply to Mother board failure rate ...

I have not found significant differences in failure rates between motherboards.

I have found differnt levels of support, and ease of installation and setup.

In that rating, Gigabyte is in the second or 3rd tier of manufactures.

Abit and Asus are in the top tier.
ECS, Epox, and Shuttle are close to, if not in the top tier also.

PC Chips, Amptron, and a couple others that slip my mind at the moment, are boards that I try to avoid using.
The support is poor, and they don't always setup correctly.

If you take a close look at "benchmark" test scores, you will see that raw CPU speed is a minor component of the total score.
The chipset architecture, RAM speed, and BIOS have a larger impact on performance.

All other factors equal, doubling CPU speed, results in less than a 25% increase in system performance.
In fact, once the CPU speed is more than 5X bus speed, you see very little improvement in performance by increasing CPU speed.

You need to set a date for configuring your new PC, and then, stop looking at what is out there for at least 1 year.

Chas

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by freetech In reply to Mother board failure rate ...

having owned a computer store for a number of years, allow me to contribute my two cents' worth.
although there is a lot of truth to what the previous post says about abit and asus et. al. being on the top tier, gigabyte boards proved reliable and stable and were well-supported.
another important factor is where you buy the board. try to make sure that it is a reputable outlet. some of the cheaper outlets are selling boards that have been returned and re-furbed.
lastly, virtually every manufacturer has buggered up at least one model of board, so check those reviews early and often to avoid problem boards.
hope this helps.

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by hjs In reply to Mother board failure rate ...

I have used Gigabyte boards many times and have never had a failure (knock on wood). I have always used the ones with Intel chip sets. hjs

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