4th OCWORKBENCH Readers' Award
Asrock 939Dual-SATA2, and then the EPoX 9NPA+ Ultra, followed by DFI’s very
popular LANPARTY UT NF4 Ultra-D. Even though over at the “Hall of Fame”
(Futuremark), DFI dominated with it’s NF4 boards.
Best Cost/Performance Mainboard
Asrock was known as the cheap spin-off Asus that produced mainboard and nothing
else. Nobody really took notice of them until this year when they came up with
the Asrock 939Dual-SATA2. (incidentally, it’s paired with the ULi M1695) It blow
the competition away with its’ cheap cost, yet performance that rivals the more
expensive NF4 based boards. They were the first to market with the ULi
M1695/M1567 with full support for both PCIe x16 and AGP 8X.
EPoX 8NPA SLI got the second spot for being the first true mainstream SLI
motherboard using the cheaper Socket 754 instead of the more expensive Socket
939. Great for the limited budget gamer, who will probably be pairing it up with
Asrock 939NF4G-SATA2 coup with an Athlon 64 Sempron, it becomes a great value
MCP combo. As a mATX board, it fits easy in most casing with plenty of space to
This time round, Asrock wins both driver and constructor? Not yet, read on as
there’s still Best mainboard package and mainboard manufacturer.
Best Mainboard package
EPoX 9NPA+SLI pulls all stop to grab the top spot from the Gigabyte GA-81955X
Royal. It was really too close to call a winner on this, but the votes say
otherwise. Maybe it was the handy screwdriver that was in the package that got
EPoX the prize? The Gigabyte on the other hand has pretty much everything on
“Dual mode”, Universal-plus Dual Power System (U-Plus DPS) , Dual Gigabit LAN,
ECS PF88 is the surprise entry with a board that could have been mistaken as the
most innovative product. It uses a SIMA A9S converter card to allow it switching
from LGA775 to a Socket 939. Yes, a Intel system first, then an AMD system
later. (ECS is known for doing such mainboards though)
Most Popular Mainboard
Asrock did not win any in the best manboard package section, but it did enough
in the overclocking, cost/performance section to have the voters calling it the
best manufacturer. Gigabyte follow in second with EPoX third.
This season is won by Asrock, drivers and constructor first place. No clear
second place as EPoX and Gigabyte is tied with two placement in 2nd place each.
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