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I had a P67-GD55, it was a pretty nice board. At the time, the GD65/55 could push BLK higher than any other board, so they were getting the best overclocks. Now it has been surpassed by the MIVE.

DrMos stands for Driver Mosfet. Basically, it combines the high, low, and driver transistors into one. It allows them to run cooler, and take up less space. MSI uses really high rated Mosfets on their GD55/65 (and most of their 1155 boards), something like 35a iirc (don't quote me on that though), and that is how they can get away with having only 6 phases for the CPU, where other brands use 8+

Asus Digi+ is just another name for digital VRMs. They use a digital IC to control switching frequency. There are arguments both for and against Digital/analog, and one side will always tell you the other is completely wrong....In the end, it really doesn't make a difference. Not really going to waste time explaining it here, but all you need to know, is that it doesn't matter.
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Thanks, reflex99.

The impressions I've gathered so far is that Asus offers a a very well rounded product with lots of work going into the user experience. MSI is offering a somewhat more advanced product tech-wise while less well-rounded. The difference could be mute in real world use. A strong point for the Asus would be the Intel LAN chip. AFAICT The circuits in MSI and Asus are very similar with MSI using faster switching integrated chips FWIW.

A difficult choice but the tweaking A/V geek in me is favoring MSI for the faster switching power circuits.

Please let me know if I missed anything and I'll read up on Digi+VRM and DrMos and related techs again.
Edited by markanini - 10/29/11 at 12:59am
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i never said anything about the MSI having a higher switching frequency.

where did you read this?

Intel lan is nice (my CHV has it), but i really can't notice a difference from the realtek chips i have had.

either board is good really, most boards over ~$150 are pretty much all decent
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where did you read this?
MSI literature, reviews quoting the same etc...
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i see.
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My top choice was the
asus p8z68-vpro/gen 3 but just read this review ...
MSI Z68A-GD80 Revision G3
http://www.overclockersclub.com/revi...gd80_g3/17.htm

This review really gives the msi the thumbs up ... OCs much higher then the asus boards ...

IMO the gd80 is more inline with the deluxe z68 from asus (both have clear cmos buttons in the backpanel and both have 2 nics ...) ...

The reviews I have read of the gd80 before this one wernt that highly positive but alot of that talked about the bios; this review seemed to suggest the bios has gotten better.
    
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i see.
The same would apply for some Gigabyte boards, I guess, since it's described as a characteristic of the Driver MOSFET.
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http://www.overclockersclub.com is bad site for review so idk why would be msi good with lower phase ? 55 and 65 only use 9(6 cpu) vs cheaper ex3 gen3 8(cpu)+4(gpu)
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BTW...If UEFI is not important to you, don't sleep on Gigabyte Z68 mobos
Only Gen.3 Gigabyte board I could use is the Z68X-UD3H,for the DVI port. Hmm, 7 phase and nice pricing...
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Found Sin0822's review for the UD3H, only 4 CPU phases. I guess I'll treat myself to an MSI GD65
seems like the best choice for what I want. The heatsinks settle it for me, gotta have cool running cicuits for my low spinning fan setup.

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Edited by markanini - 10/29/11 at 8:39pm
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