OCWORKBENCH Readers' Award
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, itís 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. This is also the first board to sweep the Gold Award in the 2nd
consecutive Year. This is really a Classic.
In the second place, it is a Intel based board running on the older 945P
chipset. Although it uses a older chipset, this board does offer value for
money for those who wish to jump onto the Conroe bandwagon.
Jetway 775GT2-LOG is one of the
first board to adopt the NV 570 SLI intel edition chipset. Its' performance
is excellent in comparison with the 965P or 945P boards. The only regret is
that it is not as overclockable compared to the 680i or Intel 965P.
Best Mainboard package
Without much introduction, you would have already seen reviews of these
board either on OCWorkbench or other sites. The packaging is really superb
on all these boards. Not only
Most Popular Mainboard
ASRock did not win any in the best manboard package section, but its
innovative and cost/performance boards make it the most popular manufacturer
of 2006. In 2006, it has released many different models of Intel based
boards and AM2 boards that suits the budget users. Some of these boards has
also become a classic.
Gigabyte also made inroads in
2006 with their i965P series of boards. The DS3, DQ6 is something that many
ASUStek has its P5B series to show the world. The package also outshines
most of the competitors and it has one of the largest following in forums.
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