HardOCP Come up with Five Best and Worst Motherboards of All Time

Daniel Dobrowolski and his boss Kyle Bennet have been reviewing PC motherboards since the Internet was called books. To help wind away the long summer months, the pair set about trying to come up with a definitive list of the five worst motherboards they have come across in during their twenty years of experience. The list includes a few corkers for sure that many of us will remember with a degree of horror. They then set about trying to come up with a list of the five best motherboards of all time – a task that I’m guessing proved to be a little more difficult. Here’s a snippet of what Dan had to say on the topic:

After the positive responses I received for The Top 5 Worst Motherboards of All Time article, I decided to create a list for the the best motherboards. Unlike the worst boards which were picked for obvious reasons, it was important to qualify exactly how I chose the best motherboards on this list.

The "best" is subjective by itself, but I think the best motherboards stand out in a particular way. It's really not hard for a company to build a long lasting and stable motherboard. There are plenty of motherboards that last well past their useful operational life span. Some motherboards went above and beyond by being high quality and standing the test of the time or by being relevant for an unusually long period of time. Examples of that might be motherboards based on the excessively long lived 440BX chipset which remained relevant long after successor chipsets were released. Another category that will help a motherboard make this list is innovation. Some motherboards had something special about their design which made them more memorable, interesting, desirable, influential, and ultimately a favorite among enthusiasts. These are the criteria I will use to separate run of the mill excellence from what I consider some of history's best motherboards.

I won’t spoil the fun by posting the results of his soul searching, but let’s just say that I’m sure there is plenty of potential for much debate on the matter. You can find the ‘Five Best Motherboards’ here, and the ‘Five Worst Motherboards’ here. Well worth a read if you enjoy a nostalgic twinge.


Taiwan sdougal says:

Absolutely tons of discussion points with this one...

Canada WhiteWulfe says:

I didn't realize that 990FX was a 1998 thing... Interesting typo there on their part.

Brazil Casanova says:

Where the hell is Rampage Extreme x48?! I prefer to think they just forgot about it...

Greece TASOS says:

You simply cant start a list , for the top motherboards of all times , without ...

Gigabyte GA-5AX rev 5.2
Abit BE6-II V2.0 or Abit BX133
DFI NF2 UltraB or Abit NF7-S V2.0
Asus P4C800 or Abit IC7 (one of their series at least).
Asus Rampage Extreme


and i strongly disagree about DFI LP NF4 being in top-5 worst list.
That was the best motherboard of its gen for socket 939.



Australia ozzie says:

i think also too tasos in the 939 socket, the venus and expert would have to be right in there with the ulra D, the asus crosshair v-z 990 chipset, i have a gig 990 fxa-ud3 that i bought for parts not working for $20, all it was was bad ram and he sold it lol, it smashed my crosshair v-z with the same cpus, fx 8350, fx 8370, the crossblade ranger for FM2, theres so many great boards, spose its all in the silicone lottery of what you get otherwise its what you can buy from known sellers that have been actual proven performers, ive never owned a rampage extreme, the best i have in ddr3 775 socket is the gig p45t extreme but no where near the asus rampage extreme, theyre well known for their get up and go worldwide, but just so expensive and hold their value well from what ive looked at

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