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Poll: Best Mobo for my 2700K? (3 options for around $200)

Poll Results: Which 1155 Motherboard Should I choose for Core i7-2700K?

Poll expired: Oct 25, 2011  
  • 49% (26)
    Asus P8Z68-V Pro Gen3 ($199.99)
  • 32% (17)
    ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 ($199.99)
  • 9% (5)
    MSI Z68A-GD80 Gen3 ($219.99)
  • 9% (5)
    Other (please specify in post)
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post #1 of 28
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I'm currently getting an upgrade as I'm moving my current CPU/Mobo/RAM over to my wife as she desperately needs a new PC. I caved and picked up a 2700K tonight. Now, I need to pick my mobo. I've been doing lots of reading, looking at reviews, and whatnot and I apologize as there's lots of other threads asking for $200 mobo recommendations. By the way props to Track for putting together that excellent P6X motherboard comparison.

I've pretty much narrowed it down to three boards in the $200 range:
1. ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 $199.99
2. Asus P8Z68-V PRO Gen3 $199.99
3. MSI Z68A-GD80 Gen3 $219.99

Here's a link to a newegg comparison on all three. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...E13-131-790-TS

I like my current Gigabyte board, but I left them out because I'd like to try out a true UEFI Board. I also almost included the MSI Z68A-GD65, but figured I'd step up to the 80. I've read good and bad things about all three manufacturers. I've never owned Asus or Asrock, so either will be new for me. Asrock is 8 phase where Asus and MSI are 12 phase. The Asus seems to have the best pricing right now for what you get. However, the Asus has some extras like bluetooth and 2 1394 ports that I don't care about while the eSata is only Sata 3.0 and there's no PS/2 port. The Asrock and MSI both have an eSata 6.0, but it makes use of one of the onboard ports. Not sure on that one. I am definitely interested in overclocking as much as I can and I've read a HardOCP article showing they achieved their highest ever O/C on an MSI Z68A-GD65 board, so I figured the 80 should be just as good or better. However, it sounds like the UEFI on that one is not so good. By all reviews, it seems the Asus has the best UEFI implementation, but there's been complaints of dying boards and it seems a lot of people on OCN are leaning more and more towards ASRock.

Anyway, enough of my ramblings, I'd love to hear your opinions. I'm most likely buying tomorrow. Thanks!
Edited by breenemeister - 10/25/11 at 6:17am
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post #2 of 28
ASRock makes absolutely fantastic boards. I avoid MSI boards like the plague (even if they're not 4+1 they still don't have a great reputation). I'd go with the Extreme4 Gen3
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I've now added a poll. Thanks for the input!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Broseidon View Post
ASRock makes absolutely fantastic boards. I avoid MSI boards like the plague (even if they're not 4+1 they still don't have a great reputation). I'd go with the Extreme4 Gen3
^^This^^

Love my Extreme4 Gen3! It's a solid board!
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post #5 of 28
Asus Maximus IV Gene Z68 if you do not need the extra slots. It's probably one of the best MB's for under $200. After that the Asrock Extreme 4 or the Asus Z68 Pro.
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I don't own any of them but believe me I've done ALL the reading. utnorris = yes, GeneZ, would be my #1 pick at that price point. Of the ones you listed, again ASUS probably has the best bios + build quality (in particular, voltage handling and regulation).

ASRock is an up and comer, but I would move up their lineup if I were going that way - Fatality is $230 around here. MSI, for this generation of chipset, my reading says take a pass, maybe next time around.
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My 1st recommendation is MSI Z68A-GD65 [G3] You've read HardOCP's review but what about the others?

(2) extra phases is not going do you any better in OCing with the GD80. And if you are not planing to use that 4x pcie slot, then why is this mobo an option? Use that $40 on an SSD or GPU or keep it in your pocket

My 2nd recommendation is ASRock P67 EXTREME4 GEN3 I am fully aware that there are no site reviews on this mobo but for having 95 personal reviews and still rating a 5-star status is seriously telling us something positive about this mobo.

And you can't beat that price for having a good OCing mobo equipped with GEN3 hardware

The only caveat, no onboard graphics & Intel SRT but the question is, "Do you need those features? If not, this mobo becomes an awesome choice.
Edited by drBlahMan - 10/24/11 at 11:43pm
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@OP
out of curiousity, how much did you get your I72700K for???
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I say wait for 2011 socket, should be alot better than sb.
 
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Quote:
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@OP
out of curiousity, how much did you get your I72700K for???
If you're considering upgrading from your 2600k, it's not worth it. They're going for $370 on NewEgg.
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