Mobos that Mattered the Most

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Ceadderman

Okay, I'm lost. Didn't the author state that nothing introduced in the last three years would be mentioned?

Yet he mentions the ASRock board because they can use AGP or PCI-e standards?

I have a bone to pick then, why not mention any major Gamer board? Like how about the predacessor to my Crosshair IV board? The Crosshair or even the Rampage?

If you set the rules then at least abide by them. Way to teach future generations how to be hypocrites. lol

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poee

Great article! But a top 10 doesn't give you enough space to represent the period between 2003 and 2006. A few more milestone (imho) mobos:

Asus P4C800-E Deluxe <- (best P4 board, and the peak for the P4 in its long, lingering lifespan)

DFI LANParty NF2 Ultra <- (started the trend in high-end MB's in exposing comprehensive BIOS adjustments for OC'ers - also influenced gamer-centric branding in the MB industry.)

MSI K8N Neo2 Diamond <- (best Socket 939 mobo w/ AGP, the last of the high-end AGP boards)

Asus A8N-SLI <-(first SLI MB and best of the early dual-PEG MBs, start of a new era)

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elo231

Although I've started building system within the AT days, but the very first system of my own uses a board with combo sockets. This board (isn't on the list) lets you install either a Intel bases slot 1 CPU or the ones based on socket 370.

As the years gone by while all my friends are there rocking their Pentium 4s (their boards died out early), I wanted something better than Pentium 4 and looks like my wish was granted as this board held on for five solid years until it finally went out, just when Intel released their very first dual core: Pentium D.

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ysered

The BP6 did work with Win98, so it's not correct to say "The BP6 was such an oddity that it didn’t even work with the standard OS of the time, Windows 98."

However, Win98 could not benefit from multiple processors on any platform.

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Zig

Praetor_Alpha,

I just switched over from this board at the end of last year; it's a fine board & served me well, but I think you're not going to be able to add a SATA HDD of 500Gb or above due to a chipset limitation (unless you also add a third-party SATA controller).

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Slugbait

The closest I came to owning any of these mobos was the Bad Axe 2, sporting a C2D/EE. Using it right now to type this on my 54" plasma (it's now in my HTPC), running at stock speed.

When I first got it for my main machine, I also got a Tuniq Tower 120...I figured with an unlocked multiplier, I'd want to go to 3.73 or so. Unfortunately, this board wouldn't boot if the CPU speed hit 3.5, which the stock cooler could have handled. I scoured the 'net and tried again and again for weeks to get that magic BIOS config that would allow more speed. Oh well, the TT120 looked wicked inside my Armor. But it was just a bit too tall for my Silverstone LC17, so the stock HSF went in.

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Athlonite

Where's the ABIT NF7S v2.0 only the best nForce2-MCP2 mobo around I can't believe you haven't included it

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Keith E. Whisman

I think only the Asus board offered the full functionality of the nForce2 chipset like on the fly Dolby digital encoding for actual decoding on surround sound rigs that kicked ass. I had a Klipsch speaker system that only offered digital connections, no analog and it worked fantastic with the Asus A7N8X Deluxe. I Think only the A7N8X offered that because I shopped around and couldn't find another motherboard with that feature. It really didn't make any sense to me why they used that chipset and didn't enable that feature. I think even to this day that it was a big fat fail for all the other motherboard manufacturers. I remember begging through emails to Nvidia to produce a sound card with that chipset on it. I don't know why they chickened out. 

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Sparx10

OMG! I have the ASRock 939DualVsta. It had this 'future CPU' slot on it, which was supposed to be a slot that would let you put an addon card in to let you run the AM2 processors. But they canceled that, knowing it was a bad idea.

It was also the only motherboard with both AGP and PCI-e at the time (I didn't think I'd need that feature at my time of purchase, but man did it ever come in handy :D)

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sammy_sam

Soyo....man I totally forgot about them! Great board at the time.

 Good article...brings back old memories.

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TheDorkSide

This is a riot! I still have this board sitting in another case somewhere. It came in an old Compaq I bought in like 1999-2000. It still has the original Athlon T-Bird 750. The only problem with the Compaq flavor (as usual) is it only had two DIMM slots and the headers for everything aren't marked. They used some kind of combo cable for that.

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Keith E. Whisman

My favorite MOBO of all time was my trusty old Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe with an AMD 2500 Barton processor I think that's what it was called. I had it overclocked to 3ghz on standard HSF in a Thermaltake tower case. I had 2gigs of ram on that beast. I also had that 75GB GPX Deathstar HDD in it. And yes that hdd failed and I took it apart with an Electronics Engineer friend and we diagnosed what was wrong with it. There was a gray colored clay on the top platter from where the bearing failed and shot it's liquid dynamic stuff onto the drive. The drive didn't die until the drive tried to write to a portion of the platter with a chunk of clay on it. 

Because I took it apart I didn't bother sending it in for warranty repairs. But damn that MOBO was just plain awesome.

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deadsenator

After running the Celeron 300s at 450GHz for a little while, I gave the Peltier coolers a try.  I was able to up-clock to a stable 515GHz and ran like that for a long time. 

I removed the board for an upgrade and it would never run that fast again.  Back down to 450GHz.  Oh, well.  I gave it away 2 or 3 years ago to someone who did not deserve it.  Damn. 

Since the BP6, I was from then on hooked on SMP computing.  Now I rock the SR-2.  Yippee!!!

I remember most of these boards.  Isn't nerd nostalgia fun?

 

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proto-bytes

  • DELL Proliant 5400 Dual Xeon SMP board with up to 128 gb. ECC Dual Channel Memory,  This thing cooked 7.9 WEI score across the board with a simple GeForce 8800 GTX and 12 Gb. Memory and twin Xeon 5450's.  Boot up took only 3 seconds.  I said: "That is just too fast...."
  • New Innovation from MSI: the NF980-G65.   You list the EVGA nForce 680i SLI as being a master piece.  The Nvidia nForce 980i SLI is completely new and only offered by MSI for AMD class CPU’s. if the nForce 680i is a masterpiece then surly the nForce 980i falls in the same category of masterful innovations, as there have been no nForce chipsets produced since the 7 series years ago.  A Masters in Digital Electronics Engineering might be required to fully realize and configure this piece of masterful art.  User beware, there are no safe guards in place to prevent you from smoking your AMD3 CPU….

-Proto-Bytes

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amay

 it is actually called the 980a chipset, (the i after the number denotes the cpu manufacturer - i for intel and a for AMD)

It isn't a new chipset either, its a rebrand of the 780a chipset. Since the whole QPI licensing issue with intel nVidia has shelved its chipset team (rumors suggest that they have gone on to work on the Tegra chips)

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majorsuave

I still have an A7N8X-E Deluxe. Not sure what the E stands for. 

It is still running, it has became the kids PC. Still going good, can run a few games still. 

 

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praetor_alpha

Mum is still rocking my old A7N8X-E Deluxe. Went through one of them about two years ago, due to bad capacitors, got this one off a friend who had one lying around. Put Linux on that thing last month, gonna hook it up to a 640gig SATA (wd6400aaks) next week.

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Melik_Jay

Awesome, I still have mine running too, it's on its second cpu, the board has been a champ! It has been turned into my wifes home office pc.

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Zig

Praetor_Alpha,

I just switched over from this board at the end of last year; it's a fine board & served me well, but I think you're not going to be able to add a SATA HDD of 500Gb or above due to a chipset limitation (unless you also add a third-party SATA controller).

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Saltboy

My in-laws are rocking my old A7N8X Deluxe!

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linkmaster6

Still using mine, never had an issue

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fry

I had an A7N8X and an EVGA 680i. Just replaced the 680i last month, in fact.

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jac_goudsmit

The firewall at my office runs on a BP6 (with aftermarket BIOS upgrade) with two celery's. It's been rock freaking solid running 24/7 for many years. And if it ever DOES break down, we have a spare; all we need to do is blow the dust off.

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knexkid

Whatever company made that little green heat sink must have made a fortune. I think EVERYBODY who is a computer person has had a motherboard with that little green guy on it.

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NoCtrl

I ran the distributed.net client using linux on an Abit BP6.  That was my first dip into the distributed computing world.  It was fun.

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orca11

I had (and probably still do have) three of the top 10!  I might even have a 4th... the MSI KT's model number is familiar as is the general board, but I don't remember all the plastic mounts next to the CPU slot.

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ZayLay

Built my first comp with that 2001 MSI K7 board.  2nd Comp with the 2003 ASUS A7N8X, heck built half a dozen of those for friends, and just now handed that comp down to my parents.  Built the 2006 Intel board for a video rendering machine.  And my co-worker is still sporting the 2007 EVGA nForce 680i that i built for work.  Very cool article, brought back a lot of memories.

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aviaggio

Ahhh, memories. I had a BH6 and a VP6 (dual CPU board like the BP6), they were the best! As for the ASRock beast, the 939Dual-SATA2 offered both 16x PCI-e and 8x AGP on the same board and came out quite a few years ago. I still have one in my spare machine, upgraded to an AM2 slot via the daughterboard slot. IIRC it takes DDR and DDR2 as well. Quite an extraordinary board back in its day.

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Melik_Jay

+1 for the BH6, that board was a champ! The board is long gone, but I still have the box it came in.

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