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Asus P8P67 / Pro vs MSI P67A-GD55

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Hi everyone!

I'm just researching. I've been looking around for about a week now and I can't find any suitable information as to which to choose between these two MoBos. When picking the P8P67 I'd probably pick Pro, but are there any benefits for the significant price jump and if so will I even need them? The GD55 costs more and thus I'm a little more hesitant to purchase it since I'm on a tight budget but if it's much better value for money then I'm willing to part with some more money.

This is my first build and everything planned is in my sig right now. I plan on comfortably oc'ing to 4.6ish and the system will be used for gaming primarily and otherwise the odd photoshop expedition and regular ableton live use.

Thanks in advance!
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Hi, I am comparing these, too. Well, the MSI -GD65 ver. with that same Asus mobo.

There seems to be people who like the P8P67 as there is a thread for owners of that board and others who say there are still kinks that Asus needs to work out.

I think the price for the Asus board is pretty good if you're on a budget. Since, I am, it is at the top of my list so far. If you have money to spare, then by all means look at the Pro and the MSI boards.

I really don't think I can justify to myself the price increase of the other boards since the other features that are added are mostly more of a bonus to me. The vanilla P8P67 seems to be almost as good as the other P8P67 series boards such as the Pro and Deluxe and it's only lacking a few features mostly extra ports or the heat sinks are a bit different.

From the comparisons I read, it runs almost as fast and runs cooler since it doesn't have all the extra frills.

It's also a 12-phase instead of 16-phase although I think the Pro is 12, too? I am not sure if that should be a factor as 12 is probably sufficient. I thought VRM was lacking according to the 'comparison chart' which has its own sticky thread on this site. But, the ASUS site seems to indicate you have VRM with the vanilla P8P67. Maybe someone can confirm?

If you google the board, there are a bunch of hits which include reviews and you can take a look at the comparison page here.

For me, the vanilla P8P67 is $50 less than the other Asus boards in the series and cheaper than the higher end MSI P67 boards, too.

I'm just wondering whether I want a Z68 mobo to have the option for SB graphics but those are almost $200 so maybe I might just use a cheap discrete video card for a while, instead. I haven't decided yet.
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