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     Motherboard return rates
      Posted on 17/04/2008 at 15:44 by Marc
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    After power supplies, we now give you the return rates for motherboards recorded at a large French online store. These figures concern motherboards sold from April to September 2007, or 6 months to a year of functioning. The statistics per brand are based on a minimum sample of 500 units sold.

    - MSI : 3.0%
    - ASRock : 3.3%
    - Gigabyte : 3.6%
    - ABIT : 4.1%
    - ASUS : 4.3%

    A little more than a year ago, the ranking was the following: MSI, ASUSTeK, ASRock, Gigabyte and finally ABIT. While MSI remains in first place, ASUS falls to last, despite this brand’s reputation.

    These figures should be taken with a grain of salt because even in the motherboard market we find different lines for different uses. Thus, while MSI has a good overall result, this is partly due to the fact that a large number were Micro ATX models destined for integration. The 7 top selling models were of this type and they represent more than 60% of sales with a return rate of 2%. For the rest of the line, we are at 4.7%. otherwise, for example, we find two motherboards with MSI at more than 10%, the K9N Neo-F and K9N Ultra-2F based on the nForce 550/570.

    For ASRock, we are at a maximum return rate of 6% with the K8Upgrade-NF3 and at 5% for the AM2NF3-VSTA, both of which are based on the nForce3 250. For Gigabite, the largest percentage was obtained by the GA-N650SLI-DS4 based on the nForce 650i SLI which attained 15.3% of returns. This was followed by the «good » figures of the P35C-DS3R (7.6%), GA-965P-DS3 (7.4%), or GA-965P-DS4 (6.2%) based on Intel P35 or 965P chips.

    As for ASUS, they had a myriad of high end models with more than significant return rates: the Striker Extreme at 16.8%, P5NT-WS at 15.8%, P5N32-E SLI at 11.4%, and the P5N32-E SLI Plus at 8.6% all based on the nForce 680i. Even models based on the P35 weren’t spared and we thus find the P5K3 Deluxe at 7.4%, P5K-Deluxe at 7.3% and the P5K-E at 7.1%.

    Once again, we can see that despite a brand’s or model’s reputation, unfortunately, we can be in for bad surprises that are undetectable in tests. Either way, overall we can see that motherboards based on Nvidia chipsets have the bad habit of being high in the rankings.

    And what about more recent statistics? If we look at the current most popular models (and thus we have more precise figures), we get the following numbers : for ASUS, the P5E, P5K, P5N-E SLI and P5K-E Wifi are respectively at 2.6, 3.7, 6.6 (oh, an nForce) and 2.9%. For Gigabyte, the GA-P35-DS3R and GA-P31-DS3L are at 3.1 and 1.7%.

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