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What are your three top-fav old motherboards you still own and/or use ?


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...I am a bit of a motherboard collector (not to say pack rat). Working in the computer-related field sometimes blurs the lines between work and play, but most of my motherboard choices were / are geared towards quality components that could serve for both OCing and later on as reliable dev servers. Back in the day, I also ran between 2 - 4 GPUs, so that also affected what I would buy for work or and/play.

 

With the latest-gen mobos  hitting the market, what are your three top-fav motherboards you still own, and/or use ? For me, it is the Asus Maximus V Extreme (Z77), the Gigabyte SOC Force (Z170) and the MSI X399 Creation....looking forward to see what you folks scurried away into the 'keepers' box 😀

 

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Alright so for me this one's kind of tough because I absolutely love ALL of my old boards.  🤣

 

Ironically enough, I don't have much interesting things to say about the later ones that I own......but......

 

My favorite that I still own would absolutely HAVE to be the Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe.  I do NOT have this one in use though because it doesn't accept AMD / ATI GPU's in the top PCIe slot. -_-

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My next favorite that I actually own (and is actually in use) would be my 990FX Sabertooth.  It's nowhere near as special to me as the above board, its also nowhere near as good as the above board for overclocking.  BUT, its still a really good board and does overclock absolutely fantastically.  Tops out around 320 FSB (whereas my A8N32 has done upwards of like 368-372?).

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And finally, the best motherboard I've owned that I want to get back again would be the unicorn.  The one and only, Asus A8R32-MVP Deluxe.  (Abit / DFI / Sapphire also made these boards).  The thing about this board is obviously the ATI Crossfire chipset when 99% of the boards for Socket 939 were NForce.  I want another one sooooo badly (any 32 laned CFX 939 board), and I've only found one listing in the last few months of searching, and it just so happened to pop up when I was broke.  Go figure.  :lachen:  Yeah, its not obvious that I have a fondness for Socket 939 or anything is it? 😛  This board was also a really good overclocker when I had one years and years and years ago, nearly as good as the NForce boards.  But that 32 laned crossfire action...... 

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2 hours ago, Cerberus said:

skulltrail "2.0" that was never released

 

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5 hours ago, pioneerisloud said:

Alright so for me this one's kind of tough because I absolutely love ALL of my old boards.  🤣

 

Ironically enough, I don't have much interesting things to say about the later ones that I own......but......

 

My favorite that I still own would absolutely HAVE to be the Asus A8N32-SLI Deluxe.  I do NOT have this one in use though because it doesn't accept AMD / ATI GPU's in the top PCIe slot. -_-

a8n32.thumb.JPG.9f9218bea0dde5f114068fbb43e3da9b.JPG

 

My next favorite that I actually own (and is actually in use) would be my 990FX Sabertooth.  It's nowhere near as special to me as the above board, its also nowhere near as good as the above board for overclocking.  BUT, its still a really good board and does overclock absolutely fantastically.  Tops out around 320 FSB (whereas my A8N32 has done upwards of like 368-372?).

saber.thumb.JPG.41f00bd9d2a347a35183834906d8a019.JPG

 

And finally, the best motherboard I've owned that I want to get back again would be the unicorn.  The one and only, Asus A8R32-MVP Deluxe.  (Abit / DFI / Sapphire also made these boards).  The thing about this board is obviously the ATI Crossfire chipset when 99% of the boards for Socket 939 were NForce.  I want another one sooooo badly (any 32 laned CFX 939 board), and I've only found one listing in the last few months of searching, and it just so happened to pop up when I was broke.  Go figure.  :lachen:  Yeah, its not obvious that I have a fondness for Socket 939 or anything is it? 😛  This board was also a really good overclocker when I had one years and years and years ago, nearly as good as the NForce boards.  But that 32 laned crossfire action...... 

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...love the 990FX Sabertooth ! 

 

Speaking of ye ol' Abit (re. the A*R32-MVP Deluxe), somewhere in storage downstairs is this 'survivor' (black + white pic on the left to hide the dirt; missing one OCZ stick) 

 

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Unfortunately I got rid of most of my older stuff before moving long ago. Coolest ones I have currently are the EVGA Z590 Dark, MSI x570 Ace, and ASUS Crosshair V Formula Z. 

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CPU: 5900x
MOTHERBOARD: MSI X570 Ace
GPU: EVGA RTX 3090 FTW3 Ultra
RAM: 64GB of TridentZ B-die 3400cl14
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SSD/NVME 2: 1TB SN750 Black
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CPU: Delidded i9-10850k
MOTHERBOARD: z490i Aorus Ultra
RAM: OLOy Blade 32GB 3600cl14
GPU: MSI RTX 2080
CASE: InWin D-Frame Mini
WC RADIATOR: MO-RA3 with 4x180mm Silverstone fans
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CPU: i5-11500
MOTHERBOARD: MSI B560i Gaming Edge
RAM: Geil EVO Potenza 32GB
GPU: EVGA 1080ti
CASE: Sliger SM580
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...I wouldn't call the X570 platform 'old', but since it is listed now by you folks, I'll sneak in the Asus Crosshair 8 Dark Hero. Superb platform for 5950X and 4-stick Samsung-B DDR4 4000 that hasn't missed a beat. It was/is the first Asus board to introduce the 'Dynamic OC' for simultaneous Ryzen top multi-core and single-core overclocks. Chipset is fanless as well.
 
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