What is a tier 1, tier 2, and tier 3 motherboard manufacturer?
Ans: Motherboard manufacturers are divided into groups, which we call “tiers”. Some people feel that the tiers represent quality, price, or reputation, but typically the “tier” of a manufacturer represents its sales volume in the industry. Tier 1 Manufacturers Tier 1 is the top tier of manufacturers and is dominated by Abit, Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI(Microstar). These manufacturers each sell over 1million motherboards a MONTH! Actually this tier was only occupied by 3 manufacturers for a while, and so we sometimes referred to the tier 1 manufacturers as the “Big 3”. Tier 2 & 3 After tier 1 things get a little less easy to remember. Epox and Soyo are tier 2 manufacturers while a company like FIC and Soltek are tier 3 manufacturers. Again this has little to do with quality as it does with sales volume and perhaps name brand recognition. If you pay close enough attention, the Tier 1 manufacturers tend to have the largest R&D teams and large OEM sales and marketing teams, and so their produc