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I'm currently having issues with unexpected temp rise on my Asrock Pro3 after 15 mins of Prime95. That and some reports of issues when the iGPU is used made me decided to move on and look for a new board and stay clear of Asrock. A shame really as I wanted to like Asrock. I'm looking a mid-range PCIe-3-ready board for a possible Ivy Bridge drop in down the line.

The following are avaliable to me:
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 MSI Z68A-GD55 (G3) __
6+2+1 DrMos           |-Less expensive
 Asus P8Z68-V/GEN3 ___|
12+2+4 Digi+ VRM
 MSI Z68A-GD65 G3
8+2+1 DrMos
 Asus P8Z68-V Pro/GEN3
12+2+4 Digi+ VRM
I will be using the iGPU mostly and no more than a single discrete GPU down the line. OC will stay modest, likely under 4.2 for a low RPM fan setup. Maintaining the lowest stable voltages and cool running circuits will be important for me. The Asus board seems nicest feature wise but MSI's DrMOS seem intriguing. Is the effiency really x4 or is x2 a more resonalbe figure to use for comparisons? For audio work and video I usually disable EIST and spread spectrum to keep clocks from moving about and making a mess. Maybe with MSI's 4x faster phase switching I wouldn't need to do that anymore? Any way of telling which board would give off less EMI/RF?

Sorry about the rambling.
Sin0822, Are you out there?
Edited by markanini - 10/28/11 at 1:03am
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get the MSI Z68A-GD80 Gen3 motherboard. Read the reviews online , its a king!
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That's a bit outside my range. Is it that good? Checking reviews for kicks right now...
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Or maybe not skimp out and get the extreme4 instead.
You will find that all brands have bad apples.
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I would probably have chosen the Asrock Extreme3 had I done a bit more research before hand but now it seems that might have been a bad choice as well considering my setup. Not to say Asrock is garbage but it seems all success stories involve discrete graphics which kind of makes the Z68 chipset pointless.

Also check out this graph from Toms:

Would have scared me off if I had only payed attention to it.

I'm kind of leaning toward MSI GD55/65 right now but it will be a week or two so keep the comments coming!
Edited by markanini - 10/28/11 at 2:46am
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Anyone wanna compare the MSI DrMOS to Asus Digi+VRM?
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post #7 of 45
I would go with the P8Z68-V. I have had mine for over a month and I have nothing but good things to say about it.
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Any of those mobos would be good (skip the MSI GD55-G3 if you can). No need to buy the GD80-G3 over the GD65-G3 because the GD65-G3 can basically do whatever the GD80-G3 can do. The only difference is that the GD80 has 2 more phases (not going to make a difference regarding OCing) and a 4x pcie slot. If you want the better UEFI, buy the ASUS.

Here are MORE reviews for the MSI Z68A-GD65-G3 so you can compare it to the GD80-G3...

BTW...The majority will tell you to choose ASUS overall so you can either follow the crowd or do the research and select what you think that will be best for you. Also, don't sleep on Gigabyte
Edited by drBlahMan - 10/29/11 at 12:01am
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Thanks, NF. Looks like a lovely board. I might have been won over by the MSI power circuits though. Can anyone set me straight?

EDIT: Wow, thanks for all those links, drBlahman. I missed about, half of those.
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Originally Posted by markanini View Post
Thanks, NF. Looks like a lovely board. I might have been won over by the MSI power circuits though. Can anyone set me straight?

EDIT: Wow, thanks for all those links, drBlahman. I missed about, half of those.
I recommend that you Google site reviews for the ASUS mobos, then do a comparison. It will help you make your final decision. Your decision will be harder if you just let everybody tell you what to buy, unless you prefer to follow the crowd.

BTW...If UEFI is not important to you, don't sleep on Gigabyte Z68 mobos
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