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Decision: Asus M5A99X-EVO or Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3

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First of all ( since this is my first post here ) Hello to everyone.

As the thread name says i must decide on choosing one of the following mobos: Asus M5A99X-EVO and Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3

My first choice would have been Asus M5A97-EVO but this is something that can't be bought in Europe yet and from the sources i have it will not be available in my country in the following 30 days. So now i'm searching for an alternative.

It may seem odd that I want to choose between boards using different chipset, but I hope I will make it clear below.

What do I expect (or not) from my future build is:
-I will not use crossfire or sli, so dual gpu options is something i don't really care, this is the reason why i actually don't care about which one of the 900 chipset is used on the MB.
-I want a fully reliable MB that doesn't even try to spoil my zen state when hanging out on web or my war frenzy in 3D game.
-I will equip it with a decent CPU which would be a P2 955 BE, to which I want to apply a moderate to medium overclock, without willing to sacrifice any little bit of the reliability and stability of the system.

Why the 900 series?:
-because I want the ability to upgrade it to an 8 core in the future(which i will most likely want to OC).
-because I want to have the integrated SATA3
Why the above models?:
-because I want eSATA and MOSFET heatsink.

Now as I said above I already chose the M5A97-EVO, which I think, would have satisfied all my needs, but it's not available to me. I'm sure it's bigger(I don't need the extra features) brother M5A99X-EVO would be a good replacement. But since the price range is totally different I checked the alternatives from competitors and noted the Gigabyte model which would deliver the same features for me and also provide with a greater flexibility due to more PCIE.

Now what I'm not able to understand is:
-Which one of the boards would offer me an easier moderate OC(I already think it's ASUS).
-Which one of them would be better on power supply side. I know the ASUS is using 6+2 phases and digital vrm with throttling vrm protection, while the GB has 8+2 phases with 2transistors+2 drivers, but I don't find any information on any protection the board may have. I read on some forums that the Gigabyte was having some issues with voltages, is this true? is this a case to worry me?
-and i think last would be: what kind of bios does Gigabyte uses? Is it UEFI? i can't seem to figure it?
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AMD PII X4 955 BE Asus M5A97-Pro Sapphire HD6850 Toxic Edition Corsair XMS 4+4 GB DDR3 1600 Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar Blue KS 500 GB LG DVDRW Win 7 Pro Philips 24" 1920x1200 
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Hi.

1- ASUS is very friendly to overclock, with a lot of options and better features that Gigabyte. Gigabyte is more "rustic" for overclock.
2- Gigabyte have better phase power, that can means better overclock and more high overclock. AFAIK the problem of gigabyte are the BIOS versions and not the phase power and voltage, obviously the vdrop is a little more high that some other manufacturers.
3- A normal BIOS, not UEFI or something like that.
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Ocing rig z97
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
6700k Gigabyte Z170X Ulta Gaming GTX 1080 HoF Mushking 4*4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Crucial M4 Crucial M500 Itachi Desktar Itachi Desktar 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Toshiba Raystorm Pro CPU Windows 10 Professional BenQ XL2420Z 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Thermaltake Corsair AX1200i HAF X Thermaltake Saphira 
Mouse PadAudioOther
QCK Gamecome 780 APC 1500VA 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core G3258 Gigabyte Z97X SOC Force ASUS GTX 760 Striker Platinum G.Skill TridentX 
Hard DriveCoolingOSOS
Crucial MX100 Extreme cooling Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows XP Pro SP3 x86 
Power
EVGA SuperNOVA 1300V G2 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X6 1090T Gigabyte 890FXA-UD5 ASUS GTX 760 Striker Platinum Crucial Ballistix Tracer 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
G.Skill Trident Crucial M4 Itachi Desktar Itachi Desktar 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M500 Toshiba LG EK Supreme HF Full Nickel 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Swiftech MCR-320QP Swiftech MCP655-D XSPC Reservoir Windows 7 Professional 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ XL2420z TT eSports Meka G1 Corsair AX1200i Cooler Master HAF X 
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