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Replacing GA-Z68P-UD3

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I snapped off a pin on my cpu socket and would rather replace the motherboard and just sell off the RMA (depending on how much it costs to fix).

I'm wanting to get something that has a few more power phases and a little higher quality board.

Here's what I'm deciding against:

1. P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) - My only concern is with the SATA ports. Apparently there is a problem with installing windows (even off the main P67 6Gbps ports). I have a 128gb SSD (boot/apps) and a 500GB WD Black (storage/backup).

2. GA-Z68XP-UD3P - Has 12 power phases and I'm familiar with GB's hybrid BIOS. However, even with the added phases, I've read some reviews showing it to be only a modest overclocker...so that's worrisome. The boot loop on GB Z68 is also something to look out for.

3. GA-Z68XP-UD4 - 16 power phase, but same concerns as UD3P (only $10 more on newegg right now).

Since I won't be using caching and I have a dedicated GPU, I'm fine with either a P67 or Z68...but I want something that has a good reliability record, will let me overclock very well, and has a good amount of 6Gbps Sata ports.

My budget is around $150-180. Thoughts?
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1. P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) - My only concern is with the SATA ports. Apparently there is a problem with installing windows (even off the main P67 6Gbps ports). I have a 128gb SSD (boot/apps) and a 500GB WD Black (storage/backup).
Where did you read/hear this board has a SATA port issues? Because that's news to me

The P8P67 PRO is one of the most if not the most recommended SB motherboard on this forum (for many good reasons), it's an excellent overclocker and comes with the best UEFI. Personally this would be the board I would choose, especially if your primary concern is OCing (which it seems to be).

The Z68 UD4 isn't bad either, my friend has it and I'v overclocked on it and it gets the job done; my only dislikes were its UEFI and support software, they were relatively primitive.
Edited by hirolla888 - 8/19/11 at 10:18am
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Not all pins on socket are used, try to run it.
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Not all pins on socket are used, try to run it.
I found the 1155 pinmap and the pin that broke off is SB_BS[2] and had a description of "DDR3". I don't think that's one I want to try running without.
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Where did you read/hear this board has a SATA port issues? Because that's news to me

The P8P67 PRO is one of the most if not the most recommended SB motherboard on this forum (for many good reasons), it's an excellent overclocker and comes with the best UEFI. Personally this would be the board I would choose, especially if your primary concern is OCing (which it seems to be).

The Z68 UD4 isn't bad either, my friend has it and I'v overclocked on it and it gets the job done; my only dislikes were its UEFI and support software, they were relatively primitive.
Looking at the reviews on Newegg.
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P8Z68-V/Pro?
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Looking at the reviews on Newegg.


I actually just had quick look at the newegg P8P67 PRO page and it seems to me almost all of the probelms those noobs are complaining about are fixed with a simple bios update, I would know because I'v experienced some of them.

The only other issue I saw was someone complaining about AI Suite Autotune OC software, I mean really? lol what were they expecting? Software OC has always been fail.

The board has no SATA issue mate
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Originally Posted by hirolla888 View Post


I actually just had quick look at the newegg P8P67 PRO page and it seems to me almost all of the probelms those noobs are complaining about are fixed with a simple bios update, I would know because I'v experienced some of them.

The only other issue I saw was someone complaining about AI Suite Autotune OC software, I mean really? lol what were they expecting? Software OC has always been fail.

The board has no SATA issue mate
Perhaps he is refering to the SATA issue that was a problem with the intel chipset before the latest revision (B3)

If this is the case, buying any B3 board is guarenteed NOT to have the issue anymore...

Cheers,

Ishi
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What about the ASUS P8Z68-V PRO?

Looking at newegg, it looks like hit or miss with the board. Thoughts?
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post #10 of 14
im pretty sure the pro has 16 phases, correct me if im wrong...
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