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What is the benefit of buying higher quality motherboards?

#1call of dutyPosted 11/3/2013 11:27:46 AM
Genuine question. For example, why get the Asus Z87-Pro when the Z87-A does pretty much the same job?
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#2Cool_Dude667Posted 11/3/2013 11:29:29 AM
Geniune question, why do people buy Apple products?
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#3Xeeh_BitzPosted 11/3/2013 11:39:41 AM
Better power phases, better build quality, epeen
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#4XDonePosted 11/3/2013 11:45:27 AM
Don't quote me on this, but I thought better quality ones were supposed to handle overclocking better. I'm pretty sure it was that way with older motherboards at least.
#5Orestes417Posted 11/3/2013 11:47:15 AM
Features, better components, better cooling in a lot of cases
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#6SnadadosPosted 11/3/2013 11:52:31 AM
Number of PCIe slots, SATA 3 / 6 ports, USB 2.0 / 3.0 ports, fan control ports, crossfire / SLI support.
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#7How1ePosted 11/3/2013 11:59:48 AM(edited)
If you are going to overclock, the core of the system has to be able to put up with added heat and stress. Quality motherboards will usually have a higher tolerance for abuse and should last for as long as you plan to have it. Cheaper motherboards may not have quality power phases to achieve even half decent OCs. If one is not overclocking, ASRock is cool.
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#8XDonePosted 11/3/2013 12:19:28 PM
How1e posted...
If you are going to overclock, the core of the system has to be able to put up with added heat and stress. Quality motherboards will usually have a higher tolerance for abuse and should last for as long as you plan to have it. Cheaper motherboards may not have quality power phases to achieve even half decent OCs. If one is not overclocking, ASRock is cool.


Okay, I guess I was right then.
#9How1ePosted 11/3/2013 12:31:56 PM
Yea, you were. I would like to add that Snadados was right in regards to those specific boards. Pro versions usually just have more features or more professional features i.e. firewire. I forgot to add that higher quality motherboards usually have more options in the BIOs to allow users to have as much control as possible over their systems. Average users will probably never find themselves tweaking such things and will probably not experience the benefit of a better board.
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#10PhilOnDezPosted 11/3/2013 12:32:43 PM
I haven't heard of any intel processors doing this since the Pentium D days but you can literally char cheaper AM3+ boards with an OCd 8350. The better ones have several layers of insulation to protect the board.

They can also have an extremely minor effect on performance, about 2 FPS in the most extreme case provided everything else is equal, though you'll probably be able to squeak more performance out of the high end board if you know what you're doing.
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