You miss the point. PC-Chips sell the identical boards under several
different brand names. Many boards you may purchase do not say ABIT or
PC-Chips on them...but they are they exact same board, no difference.
Just different box, labels and marketing.
Maybe, Abit has changed. But your statement "They have always been cheap
low end boards" is a crock.
So... which abit boards are now sold under another name?
AnandTech reviewers were recently irate when an abit AB9 QuadGT cooked
some expensive memory. A second look, after they'd calmed down and the
QuadGT's BIOS was fixed, had a different tone.
I've had many issues with ABIT. They're a lower end board. Luck of the
draw with some good some bad. ASUS is one of the best. Gigabyte is a
decent low to mid priced board. Years ago I used only Tyan but they
started having bios and other issues and I dumped them. I now use ECS
for low end, MSI for mid level and Supermicro or ASUS for high end.
The only video cards I stay away from are ATI. They are junk. Their
Open-GL graphics support is poor so most CAD programs struggle with them.
SATA is pretty darn quick and IDE is fading fast. For a server I prefer
SCSI. Not so much for the speed but rather the higher end drives with
long MTBF rates are mostly SCSI.
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