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Phenom II X6 1090T and motherboard choices - comments?

By sethbest
Sep 25, 2010
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  1. sethbest

    sethbest TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 167

    Moot point, while I was picking out hardware someone else bought it, guess I'll never know. Ill scour the internet for sales on it one last time b4 i hit confirm.
     
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,368   +125

    Oh thats right, forgot to address that.
    For the motherboard, I would definitely buy >>a new,sealed box. Other than that, open box can be a decent alternative. I'm mostly worried that you'll miss some cables, screws, and a lot of the accessories that come with motherboards. Other products just don't have many accessories to lose.
     
  3. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,734   +892

    WTF.......?
     
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,368   +125

    Wait what? I said something wrong? I was pretty confident about that post too.
     
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,734   +892

    Well, it's a wonderful post, just somewhat contradictory in nature......:rolleyes:

    If I were going to say what I think you meant, it would have gone something like this;
     
  6. crunchie

    crunchie Malware Helper Posts: 761

    Go the Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 and save yourself $100 :)
     
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,368   +125

    Oh shoot yes thats what I meant. :(
     
  8. sethbest

    sethbest TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 167

    Now you tell me! Actually mobos are what i researched the most in my last 2 days of OCD reading tons of benchmarks and reviews, and the gigabyte tho it did well on benchmarks especially for the price, had a lott of bad customer reviews that talked me out of it.
     
  9. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Don't always go by customer reviews on Newegg. Gigabyte does make fantastic boards. However, the UD5 will not come with the bells and whistles of the Crosshair IV Formula.
     
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,734   +892

    I pulled this review of the Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD5 from the Newegg site.......>>>>>

    .....{{{{{ 4 out of 5 eggsRating: 4/5Had to RMA twice...

    Pros: The board sports many good features. The layout works well, although I'm a tad stymied at the vid card slot spacing, although it would be fine with water cooling I think. Since this is a followup review to my previous one, skip to the meat and potatoes below.

    Cons: If left off for 12 hours or more it would take a dozen or more times to get Windows to load without giving a random BSOD. I spent 2 solid months troubleshooting this board, so whoever before said it was bad RAM for me before...does not know what they're talking about. If I could get it to stay in Windows after initial loading, it would be stable, although hard drive read speeds were abysmal: with a 640 GB WD Black drive I had bursts of 115 MB, and then sequential plummeted to 1-2 MBPS and stay there aside from the occasional blip to ~100 MBPS. The hard drive was tested good with several checking tools (WD tools, Spinrite, Windows).

    Other Thoughts: All other components were tested in another Gigabyte (890GPA-UD3H) motherboard, without a single issue. RAM had been tested in two other motherboards without issue previously. The board was sent to Gigabyte's RMA, who sent it back. I contacted them upon receiving the boar (still having the problem), and they are replacing it. Overall I'll have spent about 1.5 months on a netbook instead of the main rig..disappointing for my first Gigabyte foray, but I cannot fault them for trying to make things right. It loses an egg for being defective. 'Nuff said!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful. Did you? Yes No }}}}}......

    >>>>>> TAKE NOTE; there is absolutely nothing wrong with any of these boards that were RMAed. The BSOD this person was experiencing was 99 out of a hundred percent possibility, related to Windows 7...! If a hard drive doesn't spin up in under 10 seconds, Win 7 issues a stop error.... This mostly happens with multiple platter high capacity HDDs .... M$ has issued a hotfix for this problem.

    Not to mention that about 80% 4 and 5 star reviews, (which the board has), is stellar rating when in association with any motherboard.
     
  11. sethbest

    sethbest TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 167

    i see this conversation of pursuing how a cheaper board would have been a better choice for me a bit late now that it's purchased. Oh well, I'm sure some of the crosshairs bells and whistles will be worth it.
     
     
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,734   +892

    Speaking for myself, I wasn't trying to get you to second guess yourself. I was just illustrating how misleading customer reviews can be. Ever the more so when dealing with something with as many other technical dependencies as a motherboard.
     
  13. sethbest

    sethbest TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 167

    Yeah I normally just read the reviews to get an idea of what other people do with their hardware (setups, overclock numbers etc). But while agonizing over this $1k purchase i read far too many, RMA anecdotes dance across my closed eyelids.
     
  14. crunchie

    crunchie Malware Helper Posts: 761

    I know that there have been some RMA's for the UD5, but so has the ASUS board. Mine has been running solid since I bought it 2 months ago.
    Sorry I saw your thread too late to offer my opinion.
     


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