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So Im looking for a new motherboard.

3 im looking at are the:

Gigabyte G1 Sniper 2
ASUS P8Z68 DELUXE/GEN3
MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3)

What I like about the Gigabyte board is that it comes with a X-Fi soundcard.
If I was to purchase the Asus or MSI board, I will also be buying a Sound Card, I(i do not want to use a onboard card with my headphones) onboard really sounds dull.

Now what I want to do with the board is overclock a i2500K to around 4.8-5Ghz. When Ivy Bridge and pcie3 gen cards are out, I will be selling the CPU and GPU to upgrade. so all 3 boards allow for this.

If I was to get the msi or asus board and buy a sound card, with the sound card being in a pcie lane, will it use the bandwidth and make my card run at 8x?
post #2 of 12
No, the soundcard will go in the x1 slot, allowing your card to run at x16. By the way, why aren't you considering the AsRock Gen3 series? I wouldn't touch the MSI board just because you can't overclock via offset voltage, and the Sniper is a nice board but overpriced with too many gimmicks and only utilizes 6 expansion slots instead of 7
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I was thinking the same thing! Asrock really should be one to consider. The onboard sound of these motherboards now a days has come a long way and sound really good. I overclock my z68 just about with my eyes closed, was that easy.
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post #4 of 12
Gigabyte Sniper has the worst expansion layout.

MSI cannot overclock for nuts.

The only decent and sane choice of what you have listed is the Asus P8Z68.
Though I would definitely recommend the Asrock Extreme series. Some people mentioned UEFI Bios problems, but apart from the mouse support problem, theres nth else to worry about in my board.

Either the Asus or the Extreme4/7/Fatal1ty.
    
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asrock Fatal1ty. looks nice, can these be debadged?
post #6 of 12
Sorry to barge in, but aren't ASRock Z68 Pro3 considered a gen3 board? ASRock released a board called Z68 Pro3 Gen3 but I don't really see the point, given that Z68 Pro3 only has one x16 slot (no PCI Express switch is required).
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Sniper 2 has that layout b/c you don't nee to add anything but GPUs. Id take the Sniper 2, you have triple slot spacing plus you get that bigfoot NIC if it makes any difference.

What is so bad about GB's layout on the Sniper 2?
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post #8 of 12
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I do like the sniper, the expantion slots dont worry me as it already has a good sound card. as i would only be adding a GFX and maybeee sli.

the only thing keeping me back from the sniper is this concern:
http://www.bigfootnetworks.com/Kille...k-Settings-Tab.
post #9 of 12
most ppl just disable app control and it has no affect. I have 15 up and like 1 or 2 down and when i run the test it shows like 14.5 and 2.

If you do enable APP control and you set the results lower, it will limit your bandwidth.

The software works to cut off resources when playing a game or downloading a large thing, i can appropriate where i want the speed to go and monitor that as well. Its handy, but yea an app that has that much control can be a bit scary.

Like I have downloaded few things like windows 8 developer and played BFBC2 at the same time, the game didn't go full speed like normal, but it was good enough for me to play and not get pissed off. I always leave MSn messenger on, as well as my internet tab, whether it impacts performance or not, and it has no affect on my game play. I like the sniper 2 for what it is you are getting the best GB LGA1155 board IMO, better than the UD7. You have no BIOS issues, nothing like the other GB boards, its a different beast. But it doesn't surprise me, as a product like this marketed toward gamers carries a "made for dummies" tag with it.
Edited by Sin0822 - 10/3/11 at 9:51pm
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post #10 of 12
you should add asrock to the list to consider
Z68 extreme4 gen3 is a great board
I personally have not had any issues with it
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