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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157271
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157265

The first one seems much better from what I have seen. Other than small things like less Sata and USB 3.0 and stuff like that, I can live with. The first one has more power phase and can use the built in graphics from the i5 2500k I want to buy.

I am not exactly sure though. So I ask the overclock community, which one is better for the buck and why.
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I have the p67 board and it is amazing the z68 reviews arent as good but tbh
buy depending on what you need. If you are going to use the onboard graphics then by all means get the z68.

They both look to be amazing boards i cna tell you first hand the p67 model is the best board ive ever owned also it has pci express slots if u ever plan to got trifire or sli or add on cards.
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if i was you i would buy the z68 one. better for overclocking and if you want to use the on board graphics. and its cheaper
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Originally Posted by MOySIE777 View Post
if i was you i would buy the z68 one. better for overclocking and if you want to use the on board graphics. and its cheaper
Completely untrue .

Dont listen to this. p67 and z68 overclock the same, z68 offers limited features over the p67 which 95% of poeple do not use like ssd caching and onboard gpu overclocking, most people have a dedicated graphics card so theres no point.

Go with what suits you best but either way p67 or z68 are epic overclockers / performers. If the z68 is cheaper then its a no brainer go with z68
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post #5 of 10
Z68 if you plan to do a lot of video transcoding (Quick Sync), otherwise whichever is the cheapest.
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Well, my only plan is to be gaming. My budget is a bit low, so I would like to use the onboard graphics for a while. But, I will be planning to SLI/Crossfire eventually. They both have PCIe 3.0, so when Ivy Bridge comes out, that will be convenient. I am planning to go with the Z68 board, I was just wondering if there was any major differences that will affect performance and/or its future-proof.

Also, what is the difference between power phase? The Z68 has "Digi Power, Advanced V8 + 4 Power Phase Design" while the P67 has "Digi Power, Advanced V8 + 2 Power Phase Design". Does that +2 difference affect anything?
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Originally Posted by joshlete View Post
Well, my only plan is to be gaming. My budget is a bit low, so I would like to use the onboard graphics for a while. But, I will be planning to SLI/Crossfire eventually. They both have PCIe 3.0, so when Ivy Bridge comes out, that will be convenient. I am planning to go with the Z68 board, I was just wondering if there was any major differences that will affect performance and/or its future-proof.

Also, what is the difference between power phase? The Z68 has "Digi Power, Advanced V8 + 4 Power Phase Design" while the P67 has "Digi Power, Advanced V8 + 2 Power Phase Design". Does that +2 difference affect anything?
Typically, all other things equal (quality of mosfets, etc.), more power phases is better.
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post #8 of 10
Dont get cought up in the power phase thing. Its just marketing now. There are too many different kinds to say x amount is enough, but generaly 4-6 is plenty for current CPUs. Also there is digital and analog, both of which have their advantages. Regardless, Sandybridge OCing is CPU dependant, what it does on one board will be the same on another (assuming you arent using a complete POS board).

The only real differences to look for is features you want, and look around for how well a board controls vdrop and vdroop, and how well it does with memory OCing.
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I am a real newb when it comes to these things, is there anyone who can help me find this information?
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You can get some of this information from indepth hardware reviews available across the internet, including here.
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