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motherboard crazy

the numbers of variety of motherboards, chipset etc today is crazy!!. I wonder whether by always delivering new kind of motherboard every month will appeal to customers. I think it will just hurt the producer inventory level isn't it? and the margin will be lower and lower for them.

confused
Saturday, November 08, 2003

Back when I was alive, tovarich, we had ONE motherboard that comrades in the Soviet Union could buy. Our central committee allowed citizens of the proud Soviet state to own any Abacus-II motherboard they wanted, complete with 256 bytes of RAM.

You're correct. The sheer quantity of choices is absolutely disgusting. Capitalist imperialists will regret this orgy of choicemaking some day...

Leonid Brezhnev
Saturday, November 08, 2003

I think George Carlin says it best:

Political parties - two choices

Dog Food - 197 choices

Priorities?

Phizo
Saturday, November 08, 2003

(insert product type here) crazy.

Shampoos, rock and roll bands (do those exist anymore), televisions, cabinets, bookshelves, faucets, toilet paper, cars, ways to get from NY to California, bottled waters, shoes, bespoke suits, popping corns, rubber stamps, instant messaging clients, coffee houses (no wait, we consolidated those and people started to complain), beer brands, Operating Systems (no wait, we consolidated those too and there seems to be a war going on because of it), colors of paint, places to eat lunch, CPU's (thank god for AMD right? Otherwise Moore's law could've been 'computing prices double every 18 months'), stand up comedy acts, soft drinks, books, Saturday morning cartoons, vacuum cleaners, potato chips, cigarettes......

www.MarkTAW.com
Sunday, November 09, 2003

Now, things are not so complicated.

If you ask me, there's only one worthy chipset on the market today: the nForce2. And only one worthy manufacturer - Asus. Now, Asus make three or so motherboards with that chipset, but three I think you can handle :-)

Phoenix
Sunday, November 09, 2003

The important thing is the underlying chipset. That normally only changes because of superior design or because the bus speed changes.

The amazing thing is how well disparate parts do work together. I hardware we seem to have the best of both worlds, standards plus competition. If only software worked that way!

Stephen Jones
Sunday, November 09, 2003

I agree that the choices are actually easy when you're informed.

Want a Pentium 4? Got a lot of money? Intel 875-based. Budget? Intel 865PE-based.

Want an Athlon? nForce 2-based.

Buy from a reputable manufacturer (Asus, Abit, Gigabyte), or check for round-up comparisons and reviews for the chipset of your choice.

From the point where I don't know what the good chipsets are, to the point where I'm ready to buy an actual motherboard, is usually a few hours worth of research.

Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Sunday, November 09, 2003

If you know you want to buy an Intel based solution, use Intel's mobo selector!  It is a very powerfull tool to simplify the mobo selection process.

check it out.

http://indigo.intel.com/mbsg/

The AMD doesn't give nearly as many configuration options.. but it does help narrow down the list

http://www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/TechnicalResources/0,,30_182_869_4348%5e7923,00.html

Heston Holtmann
Sunday, November 09, 2003

the numbers of variety of cards, trucks etc today is crazy!!. I wonder whether by always delivering new kind of car every month will appeal to customers. I think it will just hurt the producer inventory level isn't it? and the margin will be lower and lower for them.

-Thomas

Thomas
Sunday, November 09, 2003

the numbers of variety of stereos, speakers etc today is crazy!!. I wonder whether by always delivering new kind of stereos every month will appeal to customers. I think it will just hurt the producer inventory level isn't it? and the margin will be lower and lower for them.

-Thomas

Thomas
Sunday, November 09, 2003

Okay, that was my silly attempt to show how silly your complaint was.

I do sympathize with you; I bought a new system several months ago for the first time in a few years, and I too was boggled at the variety of components.  Heck, it took me a while just to figure out what kind of RAM I ought to use.

Perseverance in research paid off though.  I browsed forums, read reviews and asked questions.  It was time consuming, but I got the components I wanted, and I'm well pleased with  the results.

-Thomas

Thomas
Sunday, November 09, 2003

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