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Which motherboard to buy in terms of warranty and quality?


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#1 tantrik

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 10:59 AM

Processor: Intel Core i3-4130 CPU @ 3.40 GHz
Motherboard: Asus H81M-E
Memory: Transcend 2GB DIMM DDR3 1333 MHz [Channel B]
                Undefined 2GB DIMM DDR3 1600 MHz (Channel A) 
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit
 
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I have been using my current motherboard for about 4 years. The warranty period of 3 years is over. I don't know when will this motherboard die out. In my place certain brands of motherboard are available for the current processor I am using. They are: GIGABYTE,MSI, ASUS, ASRock, Biostar, Foxconn etc. All the motherboards have 1 - 3 years of warranty period depending on distributor or seller. 
 
In the event that the current motherboard dies out which brand of motherboard should I buy? I read in a few sites that ASUS gives trouble in warranty claims for their faulty or nonfunctional motherboards, if the motherboard crashes before the warranty period.I want to avoid such trouble. I also read that, in recent times, ASUS motherboard quality is only prevailing by age old "ASUS" name, while other manufacturers are producing high quality motherboards and some are sincere about warranty claims from customer. Which motherboard manufacturer is sincere about warranty claims and produce "truly" high quality motherboards and not just depending on previous fame from 10-20 years back? 
 
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Posted 07 August 2017 - 11:32 AM

I have this Gigabyte B75 mobo for my i5-3570. It's a business grade motherboard and had been rock solid for over 5 years already. If you like your CPU well enough to keep it get a business grade Gigabyte. They're made for durability and have dual BIOS for protection against failure.


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 05:57 AM

I'd expect your first failure would likely be only a BIOS battery...(first symptom is loss of date/time, normally)

 

Many mainboards last 10-12 years...some longer....

 

If this motherboard fails, you'd likely want a new processor as well, anyway, and amongst the major manufacturers (Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, Asrock), you'd likely need 100 mainboards of each to do any reasonable failure analysis statistics. I'd not steer away from any of them, currently...


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 06:58 AM

In my place there are two types of motherboard for intel 4th generation processor: one with intel B85 chipset (e.g. Gigabyte GA-B85M-D3H) and the other with intel H81 chipset (e.g. Gigabyte GA-H81M-S2PV-WP). The one with intel B85 chipset is slightly higher in price compared to the one with intel H81 chipset but both have 3 years of warranty. How are they different in terms of quality (e.g. performance, prone to failure, durability etc) and reliability? Just making sure I buy the better one within my affordability after my current motherboard crashes in the future.
 
Here sellers and distributors have a tendency to deceive customers with misinformation. Here all sellers and distributors just want to sell anything to customers by any means. Its very difficult to get replaced products if that product fails or dies out before warranty period. In most cases it takes months for the warranty replaced product to arrive and receive. In such cases, a typical customer will buy the same product again or buy a whole brand new pc or laptop which doubles or triples the expenditure. Most customers will not wait for months to get that warranty replaced product. Customers here suffer from all sorts of hassles once a particular pc or laptop component or the entire pc or laptop fails before warranty period. 
 
For such reasons I am asking for all your suggestions in this matter.

Edited by tantrik, 08 August 2017 - 07:04 AM.


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 07:09 AM

That B85 would be the business grade version. It'll be more durable.


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 10:08 AM

I used all sorts of the major name brand motherboards and have had problems with all of them and have had success with all of them.

 

Different components are used for every different build lot as brand wxy components used in this build lot and brand xyz components used in this lot.

 

Best advice is read all customer reviews of the motherboard you plan on buying and that is about all you can do.

 

I have used no brand motherboards without any failures and still have them in use and it is not unusual for some motherboards to last 10 years plus.

 

It's a gamble either way anymore.


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 10:22 AM

Thanks everyone for all your suggestion in this matter. Highly appreciate it.


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 10:25 AM

Whenever I buy something I do a lot of research. I read reviews from several sites and note the dates for the bad reviews. To start I go to "The Best Of..." and take it from there.

 

Everything had a bad batch so note the dates. It's usually the off days for the workers as no one's perfect. So far I did well in my purchases. That included the last two systems I've built, my i3 and my i5 system. The i3 is in storage and I'm running on my i5 system.


Whenever I buy something I do a lot of research. I read reviews from several sites and note the dates for the bad reviews. To start I go to "The Best Of..." and take it from there.

 

Everything had a bad batch so note the dates. It's usually the off days for the workers as no one's perfect. So far I did well in my purchases. That included the last two systems I've built, my i3 and my i5 system. The i3 is in storage and I'm running on my i5 system.


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 10:34 AM

I am going to second The-Toolman's observations.

 

When it comes right down to it, these PCBs are a commodity and a very great many of them are unlikely to be actually manufactured by the company whose brand name they are marketed under.  This has been the case for many years now for this sort of item (among many others) where the lowest bidder who's willing to meet the specs specified will get the contract to produce the actual item.

 

This is one reason why I have become utterly "unloyal" to any given brand name and tend to buy based on price alone if the item in question meets the specs I need.  I have seen little difference in the failure rate of no-name components and name brand components - though I'll be the first to admit that my own experience is not a statistically valid sample in any way.

 

I have never had a motherboard fail and I keep my computers, be they laptop or desktop, a very long time.  My current record is for an Acer laptop that runs Windows XP which I've kept due to some old automotive software on it that is just about 20 years old and was known to "run hot" (and does) since day one.  The Gateway desktop I have, and that lives in a less than ideal environment, is either 7 or 8 years old and still runs like a top while dealing with lots of dust from my Macaw and other "dust bunnies" accumulating around and in it, with only very intermittent cleaning.


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Posted 08 August 2017 - 02:18 PM

Unless this is a business critical machine I wouldn't bother worrying about the motherboard until/if it dies.  If it is a business critical machine pick a board that has the features you want from one of the companies you've listed and buy it.  The reason for buying it is that you never know how long your CPU slot/socket will be around and the prices will only go up as the CPU is not longer supported.  Most computer parts are priced on an inverted bell curve.  They start out high when they are brand new, drop as they have been on the market for a time, bottom out once they are main stream, start climbing back up as they become more and more rare.

 

Like britechguy I build my machines and they last for a very long time.  I don't have any ancient machines around as I have long ago disposed of them, but they still worked when I got rid of them.  My current machine will be five years old this month and other than replacing the CMOS battery I haven't had any issues with my Asus motherboard.  I've been using Asus since the early 90s for my system boards.



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Posted 09 August 2017 - 10:39 AM

In my area people have a tendency to buy computer products from "really" famous companies and sellers and distributors always try to convince people to buy branded products from such companies. People will hardly buy computer accessories from less-known or no-name companies and they think the costlier a pc component from a prominent company is the more reliable and durable it is.

 

The information, experience and suggestion that all of you shared in this post has been a revelation. Many confusions and queries has been eliminated. Thanks again to all of you.   






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