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post #11 of 34
I say number 5.
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post #12 of 34
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Yeah #5 looks great and seems to be the consensus. Still, #1 looks very enticing with that 20gb ssd included. How does it stack up against #5?
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post #13 of 34
Quote:
Originally Posted by chroniX View Post
I've never had such a hard time choosing a motherboard before, it seems like there's a new one being announced or released every week.

Anyways, I've narrowed my search down to a few motherboards:
  1. Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD ~$245
  2. ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE ~$265
  3. Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD5 ~???
  4. ASUS P8Z68-V PRO ~215
  5. Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 ~215

I'm really leaning towards the UD3-iSSD because it includes a 20gb SSD for caching and I only have traditional hard drives at the moment. I probably won't be getting an SSD anytime soon unless prices for a nice 128gb drop down to $100 or so.
But I would prefer not to skimp out on any motherboard features because I don't upgrade that often (as you can see, I'm coming from the 775 era), so I need something that will last. The P8Z68 deluxe is very appealing to me as well.

Ugh...too many choices it seems and I don't believe there are any reviews of any of these models except the P8Z68-V Pro.

Please help me make a decision!
Curious - why no love for MSI?
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post #14 of 34
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jb2286 View Post
Curious - why no love for MSI?
I've heard that their support/warranty is not too good, and also if I recall correctly, their power phase design (VRM or whatever -- I really don't know what all this is) is not up to par compared to Gigabyte or Asus. Don't know how much of that is true, but on the plus side, I did hear that they are great overclockers!
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post #15 of 34
#5, got the same board, looks great, runs great!
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post #17 of 34
I also vote #5.

My Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4 should be arriving sometime tomorrow.
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post #18 of 34
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Nice I think I want to either go UD4 or UD3-iSSD now. Can someone please take a look at this: http://www.gigabyte.com/products/com...pids=3910,3896

What are the advantages of the UD4 over the UD3-iSSD? Is it just two esata ports and a coaxial S/PDIF Out connector? I think I could sacrifice that for a 20gb SSD included. How about in terms of bios and overclocking features?
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post #19 of 34
Get teh UD4 if you are going to be doing heavy overclocking, it can OC high don;t get me wrong, but sustaining 5.5ghz OC its not really going to happen without active cooling, like heatinks+ fan on the DrMOS.

The UD4 has a lot of phases, its built to handle 5.5ghz+ overclocks, like world record type stuff.

If you only want a 4.5 or 5ghz OC then get teh UD3
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post #20 of 34
This thread was a big help for me or I would have never known about the UD4. It has everything I'm looking for and it doesn't look like they cheaped out on anything like the Asus. I'll be using discrete graphics but I wanted to be able to use the onboard in case of emergencies. You get a PS2 & 7 usb2's and perhaps better overclocking. Asus has better LAN & audio but the UD4 has better looks IMO. On newegg the UD4 has a better combo price with a 2500k or 2600k, -$30 compared to the $-20 of the Asus Pro.

The UD3-iSSD is an interesting idea also and a good value since the Intel 311 SSD is going to retail for over $100 alone. But I'm going to use a 40 or 60 GB SSD for caching after reading some articles that if you use a lot of different applications things can get pushed out of the 20GB pretty quick.
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