Page 6: Intel
We all know Intel. I guess they figure if they can make money off CPUs, then they can do it for chipsets, and if chipsets, why not motherboards too. They have, and will be able to outlast most companies, as they never run low on supplies of their chips (which often happens to other companies they don't like). Their boards are designed for people that want the Intel name, and insurance that it will run properly, with no tweaking, or issues.
Intel boards usually perform decently, but they are never the best, nor the worst. On average, they are probably just a bit above the halfway mark. They have absolutely no motivation to make a fast board, as that is not their market.
On the other hand, this is Intel's market. Their boards are stable, and that's how they want them. They are willing to sacrifice performance for it.
Intel and overclocking don't go together. They will not, and will never allow for overclocking.
They know they can get away with a higher price then most board makers. People are willing to pay anything to Intel it seems, and the boards are priced for it. They are often some of the most expensive boards on the shelf, yet they offer almost no features.
Price : 1/10
Intel boards often don't have any features. The more than is put on a board, the more likely you'll get some issue with it, so if you want RAID, buy a separate controller. Maybe Intel will join the 21st century soon. You will not find Intel boards with non-intel chipsets.
Since their boards really don't have anything in them, nothing really goes wrong. Unlike the company, the motherboard section really has no glaring problems. The are built to last, and be problem free, and that's what they are.
You paid enough for the board, so they give it to you. Although their webpage support is quite poor in comparison of others, it still works.
Products worth mentioning
None, they make nothing for enthusiasts. This only includes motherboards, not chipsets.
Overall Rating: 4.4/10 If you think everything else sucks, and just want to get something that runs, then Intel is for you. It runs, will be stable, but that's about it.
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