Intel vs Asus vs Gigabyte Motherboards : Quick ComparisonBy soumitra, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
A motherboard is the central or primary circuit board of a modern computer. The CPU, graphics video card, sound card, hard disk controller, memory (RAM), and other essential components reside on the motherboard. Other components such as external storage, controllers for video display and sound, and peripheral devices are connected to the motherboard via edge connectors and cables. This is why the motherboard is like the heart of the computer.
Choosing a motherboard can be an overwhelming task. The industry boasts an incredible variety of motherboard manufacturers and models, and you’ll find a wad of compatible motherboard models for a single Intel or AMD processor model. We have chosen Intel, Asus and Gigabyte : three leading manufacturers of Motherboards and made a general comparison between them. Take a look.
This is the most important point and sometimes the only important feature when choosing a motherboard. Intel makes the CPUs, Intel makes the chipsets. When it comes to reliability definitely go for Intel boards. From the other two Gigabyte motherboards are more reliable than the Asus.
Though heat dissipation is not a issue with any of the boards these days but we can find more features such as heat pipes etc on Asus boards which can cool the board more efficiently and silently.
The Intel brandname takes the price toll for its products. You can save quite a few dollars if you go for Asus or Gigabyte with the same features set.
Don’t buy Intel boards if you want to overclock your processors. Asus will be the best choice here with Gigabyte following it.
Obviously you won’t get an Intel board for an AMD processors. So, here the competition is only with Asus and Gigabyte. Most Tech Savvy people recommend a Gigabyte motherboard for an AMD Processor.
If you are looking for a high end motherboard lots features and don’t want to compromise the quality for the cost you should go for Asus. And if you are looking for a midrange motherboard you can trust Gigabyte. They will be flawless performers.
7. New Features
New and latest features are what makes a motherboard different from one another. For example, Gigabyte has come up with a new technology which they call the Dual BIOS that incorporates two separate BIOS. If the primary BIOS fails due to any virus or hardware failure, the second BIOS will automatically take its place when the system restarts.
8. Memory Module
Lately I have seen many problems with the memory module of the Intel Original Motherboards. They are less tolerant to a bit shaky memory modules. In this case Asus or Gigabyte is a better choice.
At the end of the day, the comparison looks like comparing a Ford and a Toyota. In general, their performance, features and prices are so closely ranked that it is more of a personal preference which one you should buy. In fact the above points that I discussed in this article is more from my personal experience and some I came to know when discussing motherboards quality issues with some tech-savvy people like my system administrators. You can have your personal experience which is different from mine. Please share them with us.
We will publish a deatailed comparison very soon.
Tags: Fact, Gigabyte, Motherboard