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     Returns rates for motherboards
      Posted on 11/03/2009 at 10:38 by Marc
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    11 months ago, we published the returns rates for motherboards recorded at one large French online store. We’re doing the same again, with the same methodology, looking at cards sold between March and August 2008, ie for cards after between 6 months and a year of service. The statistics per brand are based on a minimum sample of 500 units sold.

    - ASRock: 3.6%
    - MSI: 3.9%
    - Gigabyte: 4.4%
    - ASUSTeK: 4.7%

    First thing we noticed, return rates are up! ASRock has the prize for reliabiltiy, this being due of course to the fact that their cards are generally less complex and are used in a less demanding way. ASUSTeK is again in last position.

    If you look more closely, you see that in fact they are strongly disadvantaged by the high sales of nForce cards that, once again, have shameful returns figures. 23.6% for the P5N-T Deluxe and 16.4% for the Striker II Formula, both of which are based on the nForce 780i. 13.7% for the P5N32-E SLI based on the 680i, 10.4% for the P5N-E based on the nForce 650i …

    In spite of its overall score ASRock also has the two cards that are the most sold (over 100) with a returns rate over 10%: the Penryn1600SLI-110dB at 15.1% and the 4Core1600P35-WiFi at 11.9%. The first is no surprise as it’s based on the nForce 650i, but the second is on the P35.

    You’ll have understood, that once again, although it is difficult to recommend one make over another in terms of reliability, such is the disparity in terms of models, it is nevertheless obvious that we do not recommend nForce chipsets for the Intel platform.

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