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OCC Roundup: Motherboards of 2007

hardnrg    -   December 16, 2007
Category: Motherboards
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Introduction

So you want to build a new PC, eh? Maybe you want to buy something for yourself in the days leading up to Christmas to make the shopping days less depressing/stressful? Perhaps you are putting together a dream machine for your wife/kid/brother, or maybe you are getting a few pieces for the new system from Santa?

Whether you are buying now or waiting for Christmas money and the inevitable January sales, sooner or later you're going to have to make a choice on which motherboard to use. If you are an overclocker, you're going to want a BIOS that gives you control over the various voltages and timings to tweak your CPU and RAM to its full potential. If you are building a machine for use as a general/entertainment PC, you're going to want more features like onboard graphics to reduce noise and total cost, plenty of USB ports for all your peripherals, HDMI output for simple cabling, and so on.

In this roundup I'll be comparing the motherboards in two groups:

Group 1: Budget / Entry Level

  • Socket AM2 (ATX, mATX)
  • Socket LGA775 (mATX)

 

Group 2: Mainstream / High End

  • Socket LGA775 (ATX)

 

In this way, the comparisons made will be relevant to the board's group, and the best board in each group will be the one that gives the most overall performance and features for the price. That's a fancy way of saying "the best bang for the buck".

 

The Contenders:

These are the motherboards in the first group:

 

Abit AN-M2HD
(AM2, mATX)
Asus Crosshair
(AM2, ATX)
ECS AMD690GM-M2
(AM2, mATX)
ECS G33T-M2
(LGA775, mATX)
Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H
(AM2, ATX)

 

 

 




  1. Introduction / The Contenders (Budget / Entry Level)
  2. The Contenders (Mainstream / High End)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Head-to-head (Group 1 & 2: Core System Performance)
  5. Head-to-head (Group 1: Value Added Features)
  6. Head-to-head (Group 2: Gaming Performance)
  7. Conclusion
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