I am thinking of maybe putting my ASUS Commando motherboard in a PC for my daughter and replacing it in my machine with an Abit AB9 Quad GT. I would get a E6600 for the Commando, for my daughter.
My Commando is running 10*300 and was stable until I posted last night about how it was rock solid, and it promptly BSOD'ed on me whilst running Orthos and surfing the web and monitoring temps. Serves me right for tempting 'commentators curse' I guess.
I was interested in the abit AB9 Quad GT at Christmas (as well as the Commando) and both appeared equally capable and desirable back then, and the Commando got released first. Custom PC, (who have had the ASUS P5B Deluxe WiFi as their Elite LGA775 Core-2-Duo motherboard for absolutely ages), but in their review of the AB9 Quad GT this month they say – “Although it lacks the on-board WiFi-AP, it’s cheaper. Ultimately, there’s little between the Quad GT and ASUS’ reigning champ, since both are A+ boards”.
Their review of the Commando was also highly positive, calling it ‘the most refined P5B yet, sporting the best components, it promises to be the last word in prestige, overclockability and stability”. Both Commando and Quad GT got the same performance, and overall ratings in their testing.
I know there are those out there that will yell “get the P5B Deluxe WiFi…” but the Commando has been my first ASUS board, and I have been appalled by the poor website support – trying to access and download updates, even tiny BIOS files, from the ASUS website has been a nightmare, and some of the bigger updates have been impossible – or taken hours!
I am well put-off ASUS because of the build quality issues experienced by others – not just with their Commando boards, but more put off by such appalling Technical support and lack of interest in responding to emails requesting help. I don’t feel inclined to buy more ASUS kit.
What experiences of the Quad GT are there out there?