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With the release of the EVGA Z68FTW, will anyone be grabbing this board or any of the evga series? If so why? If not, why not? Based on opinions and valid reasoning it will influence my next purchase.
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There is a sticky right in the Motherboard section:
http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...therboard.html
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Thank you for not reading my thread and just posting for the sake of it. I am well aware of the differences between the boards. I want to know if anyone has grabbed the evga line of z68 boards and what their opinions are. As well as the opinions from other board owners. Not a simple comparison based on board features.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Akkarin View Post
Thank you for not reading my thread and just posting for the sake of it. I am well aware of the differences between the boards. I want to know if anyone has grabbed the evga line of z68 boards and what their opinions are. As well as the opinions from other board owners. Not a simple comparison based on board features.
Don't be mad at him. He's just linking to my sticky, which I spent months on. (thanks, btw!)

So you want an opinion on the board?

Well, there are only three differences in the experience.

1.) Manufacturer quality.
- ASUS > Gigabyte = eVGA > MSI > ASRock > Biostar

2.) BIOS Quality.
- ASUS > eVGA > MSI > ASRock > Gigabyte > Biostar.
Gigabyte is second to last because they don't have UEFI.

3.) The feeling you get when you receive/open the box.
Personally, I love Gigabyte's design on the P67A-UD7 box.
It's beautiful, a pleasure to hold and open. The one box I thought of keeping as a souvenir.

That's all anyone can tell you.

Motherboards are just.. motherboards. They sit down there with the rest of the components on top of them. Unless they're broken, you'll most likely forget which one you have pretty quick.
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post #5 of 14
Not many people have 1155 EVGA boards because they were so late in the game coming out with them. Any of the good brands will perform very similarly at any given price point. So pick what you want based on features/layout you need.

IMO: ASUS=MSI=Gigabyte=ASRock=EVGA > everything else
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Also bios maturity is a big factor when considering a purchase. As noted above EVGA, finally released their boards. No dig at EVGA in general but the boards of theirs I have owned have been a bit flaky out of the gate. Bios revisions have eventually turned them into solid pieces of hardware but really given how many good choices are currently, I don't know if I would care to have a board that would take six months to mature.
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post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Track View Post
2.) BIOS Quality.
- ASUS > eVGA > MSI > ASRock > Gigabyte > Biostar.
Gigabyte is second to last because they don't have UEFI.
I would put ASRock bios higher than MSI, all you need to do is visit the P67 owners club for msi. Had one before this board and the ASRock bios is much more stable and mature than the MSI. Also build quality seems alot higher than the MSI also but I can only comment on the previous msi-p67a-gd65 board I had to this ASRock z68 board i have now.
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How is the P8Z68 Delux? I was going to get the maximus but due to recent financial situations I may not be able to afford the extra 100$.
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I was told that one of the EVGA key mobo designer left EVGA a few years ago, their motherboards aren't as good as they once were (i.e. X58 era). Could anyone confirm that?
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post #10 of 14
Quote:
1.) Manufacturer quality.
- ASUS > Gigabyte = eVGA > MSI > ASRock > Biostar
No way GA is ranked that high nowadays, not when a mobo maker can release their top dollar Z68 UD7 model as a P67 UD7 clone without any access to the iGPU at all.

Sad cos GA used to be really good in hardware.

Quote:
2.) BIOS Quality.
- ASUS > eVGA > MSI > ASRock > Gigabyte > Biostar.
Asrock Z68 mobos can successfully resume from S3 sleep with the CPU PLL Overvolt option enabled since late May while Asus mobos apparently still can't in mid-August now which speaks quite a bit about commitment to BIOS quality...

imo, rather unusual ranking preferences but you are entitled to your opinion, I guess.

@zollen, Shamino left eVGA to join the Asus ROG team.
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