Does the brand of motherboard make a difference? (not chipset)

1 : Anonymous2021/10/28 17:28 ID: qhs2a8

My friend is considering getting a Ryzen, and will most likely get a 3700X because of price. Different B550 boards can have pretty different prices, excluding form factor costs. What is the mobo price affected by?

2 : Anonymous2021/10/28 17:49 ID: hiepaql

I'd say that brand by itself doesn't make that much of a difference. The same brands have good boards and bad boards, so just picking a brand doesn't ensure that you get something good.

Of course if you buy a board from a no name (that is, not ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI or ASRock) then there's more of a chance that it will be worse and not get regular firmware updates.

ID: hifkb1e

What do you consider noname? Biostar?

3 : Anonymous2021/10/28 17:39 ID: hiensg0

Quite a lot of factors affect Mobo pricing. And yes, brand of mobo makes a difference too. And remember, not all B550 boards are equal when it comes to overall quality, especially the VRM quality. If a mobo has bad vrm, then it can and will affect performance. Now, if he/she is just gonna run a 3700X at stock settings, then it's probably not a big issue. But, if he/she is considering to upgrade to something in the future like a 3900X or a 5900X, then definitely get a mobo with good quality and good VRMs. Feature set is also important like 2.5 Gbit ethernet, built in wifi and such. You can watch Hardware Unboxed's VRM testing for B550 mobos, that can give you some insight as to which mobo has good VRMs.

ID: hig2wpv

Absolutely this. I had a b450 with bad coolers on mediocre VRMs, that sometimes decided to boot on me with high load in a well circulating case. The MSI board in the work station is the most rock solid, silent box I ever had and its just taking all workloads without a hitch. I even never had the hard USB 3 issues, and I use it constantly with external devices. The better boards have more intelligent PCI slot layout. Lots of idiotic cheaper boards lose one or two pci slots with puffier cards. My board has a m2 right of the 16x so nothing is lost.

4 : Anonymous2021/10/28 18:10 ID: hiesmfk

Build quality, marketing, features.

More expensive motherboards tend to have things like better quality VRM (voltage regulators), better sound quality, more memory/expansion/SSD slots, faster official ram support, onboard WiFi, etc.

The 3700x isn't a particularly demanding chip at 65w so shouldn't need overbuilt VRM unless overclocking. If building to a budget a motherboard is a reasonable place to cut a corner or two but do make sure it's got the slots and features to support everything else you're including in the system.

5 : Anonymous2021/10/28 18:12 ID: hiesw2t

IMO Asus has the nicest bios but it's not a major selling point unless you expect to spend a lot of time in there.

ID: hifl3lz

Asus sells some good hardware, but has the shortest support life for updates. Don't buy their products if you want bios updates.

Hell, not only does Asus not give you updates, they will release fake updates that lock out bios crossflashing. Avoid them like the plague, because that behavior is pure anti-consumer cancer.

6 : Anonymous2021/10/28 18:07 ID: hies5y8

I recommend either Asus, AsRock or Gigabyte for X570/B550

ID: hifthbn

MSI X570 Unify is pretty darn awesome too! Also both of the B550 models.

7 : Anonymous2021/10/28 18:23 ID: hieujtd

I think it more important that whatever product you decide upon that you buy from a retailer with decent return policies. None of the consumer-level motherboard makers have what I would call good support services.

8 : Anonymous2021/10/28 19:18 ID: hif2twk

Yes and no, but usually no. Most brands go through periods of being so-so, and then sometimes they're better than so-so. Every brand has different tiers of products within a spec, with higher priced ones usually being made with better parts (VRM being a big one), maybe a better layout, more options, and maybe a better BIOS.

You said you may get a 3700X. That's what I have. It's in an ASRock B450M Steel Legend, and I got that board at the time because it was cheap ($85), and it came ready for my CPU without needing to flash it with an older one. I've had no complaints from the mobo. Ok, the RGB on it isn't stellar, but who cares.

I've used boards from a lot of different brands. Soyo, MSI, Asus, Gigabyte, ASRock, DFI, and others. I've never had a bad experience with one before.

9 : Anonymous2021/10/28 20:17 ID: hifbqq7

The name of the brand makes no difference, but the company that makes the mobos does make a difference. Not all B550 are made equal. There are some tendencies of certain manufacturers making mobos. Biostar is one of these manufacturers that make horrible mobos and should be avoided all the time. Other than that, you have other brands that tend to make good mobos. Just research the mobo you want to buy since you can't make sure whether or not MSI or Asrock have messed something up. MSI messed up some x570 mobos in the past but their current b550 lineup is great, so always do some research.

10 : Anonymous2021/10/28 21:43 ID: hifobmb

Yes don't buy gigabyte

ID: hifs60n

GB actually has some of the best VRM setups among 570 and 550 boards.The only real issue GB has right now is a pubic image one, since they basically got hacked twice in the last 3 months.

Their 570 & 550 boards have been solid. and their bios updates have been consistent over the last year, regardless of what anyone says.

ID: hig275v

Gigabyte is having a huge quality control issue. I build several pc in the last 6years and the only issues were on Gigabyte mobos and 1 Gigabyte gpu. From buggy bios to fried rma motherboards out of the box. The most annoying experience is their support....

11 : Anonymous2021/10/28 21:22 ID: hiflb07

For what purpose is he getting a 3700X when the 5600X is a better purchase? If you actually need a lot of multithreaded performance, get a 3900X or 5900X at the very least. If not, get the 5600X or 11400F

12 : Anonymous2021/10/28 22:54 ID: hifxu78

Short answer: not really

Long answer: A tiny bit. Some brand do stuff better than others (bios/interface) or focus more on other features, especially when it comes to high end boards (probes, connections and so on), but overall, none are awful or bad throughout. every brand has good boards and utter shit boards.

Best tip I can give you is, ignoring the bottom tier boards, as in the cheapest board of any manufacturer. they do tend to come with cheap inferior components, inadequate cooling, subpar QA and/or low build quality.

And another tip: Some boards also share the same origin and just skip a few components (like no RGB shit, no reinforced pcie slot or a less gamery heatsink), yet feature identical components, layout, traces and so on. those cheaper revisions tend to be great value.

13 : Anonymous2021/10/28 23:22 ID: hig1hdo

Evga/Asus have the best boards. Never had a MSI board so far. But damn I had so many problems with Gigabyte in the recent years. I had to rma my previous gigabyte x299 gaming 9 board 6times. My wife got a bad Gigabyte board before and my brother had to RMA his...Each time the support acted like morons. I recommend everything besides Gigabyte.


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