What's your favourite motherboard ever?

s3thra

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My fondest memories of a motherboard is from the first one I ever bought for my very first custom rig, the Abit IS7 using the i865PE chipset back at the end of 2003.

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I remember being able to overclock my 2.6GHz Northwood Pentium 4 all the way up to 3.25GHz by pushing the FSB up to 250MHz from the stock 200MHz, and wowee it managed to run like this for years with no problems.

Even the fan on the Northbridge stopped spinning after a couple of years, but everything stayed stable after that too.

Things inevitably deteriorated after years of heavy use, and I think the only thing I might have left of it now is the manual, but my nostalgia lives on when I think of this board.
 

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This one is very easy for me. Intel's D5400XS Skulltrail. It was absolutely ridiculous for its time and I ran with that thing virtually problem free for several years. When I had three GTX 280's in it in 3-Way SLI the thing pulled over 900 watts at the wall.
 

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Hmmm, good question.
My first motherboard was rock solid and let me OC a Athlon XP 2200+ Tbred-B up pretty damned high. I'm sure if I logged into the 3D Mark database, it would still have my clocks.
My favorite board though, would have to be the DFI LANparty nf4 board I had for the Athlon 64. UV lighting was all the rage back then, and that board had plenty of reaction
Best OC board was an Asus P4C800-E Deluxe. I had a Pentium D 820 that I got a +1GHz OC on, and it ran 24/7 like that for years, under a Zalman air cooler. It was replaced by a Phenom II X6 1045T. I ran that D for a long long time, lol.
 

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So many come to mind. For older boards I would go with my Abit NF7. Still have my DFI LAN Party P45 board with a Q6600 sitting here also.
 

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Abit vp6. Loved that board. I found it's little brother in storage recently. A bp 6 with the Celerons still in it
 

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The Gigabyte K8NS-Pro https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-K8NS-Pro-rev-1x#ov

It was the budget board for overclocking at the time. It doesn't compare with the new stuff in terms of overkill VRMs and style (it's kind of kiddy) but it was a lot of board for the money, and it was well supported.
I believe I had one of those as well. Got me hooked on Gigabyte boards and have stuck with them ever since right after Abit folded.
 

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A vote for the Abit BP6, that was a fun build.
 
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keljian

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I believe I had one of those as well. Got me hooked on Gigabyte boards and have stuck with them ever since right after Abit folded.
It is probably one of the reasons I currently have a gigabyte board now too :)
 

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Abit I do not remember the model number but i had 2 athlon 4800 in it
 

TheHig

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Fav is hard to pick but I also have to go Abit. NF7-S for the nostalgia and that Nforce chipset. First CPU I ever OC'd was on that board and you never forget your first ;). One of the Barton Athlons I believe. I change builds a ton so never keep anything too long to get as attached as I was to that board. Rolled it in a side box for years till a cap blew.

Close second is my first ever custom build on an FIC OEM mobo with a Slot A Athlon 600. Only because that is where my custom building journey began--- that board was a freaking mess...lol
 

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My favorite is probably the DFI Lanparty nForce2 Ultra-b. I had quite a bit of fun getting my Barton 2400+ mobile to 2.4Ghz and stable. Sadly, I don't think I got more than a year before the board died on me out of the blue. It was odd, for a year or so it worked perfectly and then one day it wouldn't fire back up. That forced me to go back to my Asus A7N8x-dlx board which would only run the Barton at 2.3Ghz stable.

I think that DFI was also the most money I've ever spent on a motherboard and it was around $140 or $150.
 
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