ASUS and MSI have once again pulled off one of the biggest coups in the I9xx roundup. When it came to crunch time, ASUS and MSI had exactly what it took to keep ahead of the competition. Layouts on each had its ups and down, but when overclocking took over, ASUS and MSI started to push ahead of the pack, and in terms of onboard features, its hard to go past these two companies.
MSI we have awarded 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Editors Choice Award for its 925X Neo which is accredited to great performance, great additional features and stellar overclocking performance.
ASUS P5ADS we have awarded 9.5 out of 10 as well but didn't make it in to get the award over MSI due to the higher overclocking preferences that MSI has done with the 925X Neo. However, if you are an ASUS fan, this motherboard will be a true delight to work with.
Albatron and Gigabyte, simply have a bit more work to do in order to take on the big boys, more so Gigabyte than Albatron. Gigabyte has added extra power regulators, all the needed overclocking options, yet can't get past 205MHz on the FSB. When trying the system becomes unstable and simply shuts down due to power overloading. BIOS features are good, jut not implemented well at this stage.
Gigabyte get a 6.5 out of 10 for its 8ANXP-D and 8GPNXP Duo and Albatron scores a slightly higher 7 out of 10 due to a better overclock than what the Gigabyte motherboards are capable of.
ABIT AG8 was overall a very competitive motherboard, however, ABIT's high price tag for just the ABIT name simply isn't enough anymore with motherboards from MSI, ASUS and various other companies making headway, the competition for your dollar now has to go beyond the name.
ABIT's uGURU technology gave us a good Windows overclocking experience and makes the ABIT motherboard the best for the hassle free overclocking experience. In this respect ABIT was awarded 8.5 out of 10 for their great effort none the less.
Tyan was one of the biggest surprises to the market in our roundup here today. While being more of the server and workstation class, Tyan has put in a great effort to earn a overclockers title, and with a price tag below that of quite a few of the name brand motherboards, it certainly gets a great approval from us which is why we awarded the Tyan motherboard 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Value Award.
As for Intel's involvement, you would simply want one of these if you needed a plain Jane system for the family. With very limited overclocking and tweakability, you are just in the end wasting your money that could pick up a better overclocking system. We awarded both Intel motherboards 8 out of 10.
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