I vouch for the X58A-OC, best board I have ever worked with, and its built specifically for gulftown.
overclocking board= its built better and made stronger than other board if that is what you are referring too. Yea it lacks connectivity like it only has 4 USb ports on the back 2 USB 3.0 out of those. It has 1 LAN, 3 audio ports, and PS2 keyboard and mouse. it does have internal USb header
Its cooler is very nice and heavy, it has features to stabilize the vcore very well, usually allowing for a vcore drop if used properly compared to the UD3R. It has cool button he will never use
it also has BIOS backup switch, so if your main BIOS fails the backup and be manually switched on instead of automatically being switched, or by using special keyboard keys.
Its sexy. Its very sexy, i just did a love OC run, first time with this 980, not the 980x. It has a 26x multi locked, i did 6ghz my first try under Ln2 of course tho, that took maybe 10-15mins. Then i had to return the CPU.
Anyways Its also got a auto 4ghz button, so if you want a auto 4ghz that is very stable then you can hit that.
The board is my favorite board, its capacitors are very good, the most expensive part, those caps allow better voltage regulation as well as higher operating temps without lifespan reduction like electrolytic, there is a reason tantalum core caps are used anywhere from GPUs to spaceships.
The BIOS is very solid, and has a VERy weird quickboot option i have only seen on new gen GB AMD boards, instead of showing BIOS screen after successful boot, it will take you straight to OS very quick, like instead of seeing splash screen you see windows. If you want to enter BIOS you hold down delete.
Honestly I have owned many GB X58 boards, from the UD5 rev 2.0, to the G1. Assassin, to the OC board.
The OC is my favorite, the G1. Assassin is my main rig, being replaced tonight by the G1......Sniper 2 (z68) yea i said G1....Sniper Z68
anywasy my vote is for the OC board unless you need connectivity, then id say X58A-UD5 rev 2.0 or UD3R rev 2.0.Edited by Sin0822 - 8/1/11 at 7:03pm