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post #11 of 27
Theres nothing wrong with the board. It lacks the pci-e slots that a full ATX has, but you already now that when you're buying it.
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post #12 of 27
slot spacing for sli /cfx is pretty bad
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post #13 of 27
It's an excellent board if 3 PCIe slots are enough for you. This board actually overclocks better than a lot of full ATX boards, including my previous Gigabyte P67 board. It has a great power circuitry setup and all of the BIOS options you could ever want.

Here's the VRM control menu in the BIOS, for example. You can control the CPU/iGPU/RAM power phases separately, which is a feature not found on most boards.

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post #14 of 27
And actually you can do Tri-CF on the board if you do an HD6990 and a HD6970 or a HD6870x2 and a HD6870.

It really is the fact that it has less slots on it. It overclocks like mad, it's pretty solid, not perfect as some have had issues, but I think a lot were memory compatibility issues, and it's less than most mid-range boards. I wish Asus would try a different color scheme, but that's probably the only issue I have.
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post #15 of 27
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slot spacing for sli /cfx is pretty bad
Not if you water cool and a lot of the air guys don't have issue as long as you have good airflow in the case. Granted, you slap a three slotter in there and you are done, but I don't do air, so it's not an issue for me.
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post #16 of 27
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slot spacing for sli /cfx is pretty bad
It's basically a non-issue unless you have very hot-running cards like GTX 480s on air cooling, and even then it's manageable (see below). Besides, if you have a 3 or 4 card setup on a standard ATX or E-ATX board, you'll end up with the same slot spacing anyway.

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post #17 of 27
I had trouble with a Tek9 Fat and Tek9 slim on a pair of 4870's. Had to run the fat on the 2nd card, but then it covered the power buttons. Pretty much thats the only issue, but it's great for single card set ups.
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post #18 of 27
Here in Norway the Gene-Z and P8Z68-V PRO are at the same price.

If I had to choose I would have chosen the Gene-Z if I was certain I would never go SLI (Which I would be pretty certain I wouldn't).

The Gene-Z is just awesome. You just get a special quality feel when you work with this ROG series board. Even if those extra overclocking features in the bios and stuff like ROG connect are pretty much worthless VS the P8Z68 series, it just has a special feel over it. And those onboard power, reset buttons and diagnosis just looks awesome.

If I bought this I would of course have gotten a cool mATX case.

However, there is no doubt that the P8Z68-V PRO actually gives you more for the price you pay. And are also more suited for SLI/Xfire because of the spacing.

Both are excellent boards, but after my experience with the Gene-Z (System I built to a friend) I just got a special feel about it. I just loved it
    
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post #19 of 27
I had a P8P67 Pro prior to the gene. I honestly liked that board more but there were a few things it couldn't do. I didn't like the lack of onboard pwr/reset buttons and it didn't score well in 3dmark 2001. It ran like a champ and never gave me issues. It also had spacing for sli and pots. Then when I got the gene, I realized how great a tool ROG connect is.
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post #20 of 27
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I had a P8P67 Pro prior to the gene. I honestly liked that board more but there were a few things it couldn't do. I didn't like the lack of onboard pwr/reset buttons and it didn't score well in 3dmark 2001. It ran like a champ and never gave me issues. It also had spacing for sli and pots. Then when I got the gene, I realized how great a tool ROG connect is.
How does it overclock compared to the P8P67 PRO you had?

I have a P8P67 PRO, and am very happy with it. Have no plans of changing it.

But if I upgrade my secondary system I will go Gene-Z for that one.
    
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