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Which one from this review ... Z68 MSI, Asus or Asrock

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http://www.overclockersclub.com/revi...agd80_g3/6.htm
(reason I picked this review because it has all my top choices in one review)

•ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/gen3
•MSI Z68A-GD80
•ASUS P8X68 Deluxe/gen3
•ASRock Z68 Fatal1ty

I have a 2700 and 16 gigs of some nice gskill ram coming in a week and I need something to hold em.
Ive been researching z68 mbs for the past few weeks ... and these are my top choices (in that order).

I've pretty much have read every review for each listed mb and have looked at various opinions on the forums ...

There are certain things I want and then there are certain things I can live with ...

Prefer a blue theme MB, good OCer, Good bios, Good ability to use 2 cards with a pci sound card.

•ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/gen3
Decent price out of all of them; good reviews; asus appears to be the best company as far as support; like the style of the mb; lacks 2 nics incase I could use and no clear cmos on the back panel.

•MSI Z68A-GD80
Has had some good reviews of late; although tech support is a bit more sketchy like what I have heard from some reviews of the asrock, the OCs actually appear to be better then the asus boards on most reviews; although the bios seems to be some issue with some reviewers. Great color scheme and nice board layout (can fit all cards I want and clear cmos is there); also has 2 nics. Ive seen some reviews say that the SSD speed can be a little lower then other boards for some reason (didnt spend $ on a 256 crucial m4 for nothing so this could be a clincher if true).

•ASUS P8X68 Deluxe/gen3
Doesnt have vid outputs on the board (not like it matters thou); has 2 nics; good OCer, although for some reason in the above review the scores were a bit lower in some tests then the pro. Has the clear cmos and a nice board layout like the pro; problem is its not available here in the uk yet (although I assume will arrive anytime). Oh I dont need the usb 3 front panel so thats a waste.

•ASRock Z68 Fatal1ty
At first I was leaning toward this board; but now its in the bottom of my list. Red layout; well I like the blue look matches led fan and ram coming ... and not so sure about the customer service and oc ...


atm Im leaning toward the msi since I like what I have read about the OCs and the board layout - blue, 2 nics, and components ...
But the pro/gen 3 has asus behind them and their SSD speeds could be faster ...

So ... what do you guys think?

and anyone with a msi gd80 mind telling me if they noticed low read/write speeds with their SSD and are there any issues with the bios?

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256gb M4 crucial SSD, 3 640 aaks WD Corsair H80 (controller problem thou) Soon to be 27" catleap AX850 
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post #2 of 9
I would get the Asus. I have a extreme 4 Gen 3 on my tech bench right now and don't like it much at all compared to the Asus board's.
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Corsair Vengence Pro 32gig 2400mhz c11 red (4x8... 6x 256gig (1.5tb) in Raid 0 , OS / Gaming Drive 2 x Liteon 256gig (512gig) storage drives Asus Dvd-RW 
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Corsair Vengence Pro 32gig 2400mhz c11 red (4x8... 6x 256gig (1.5tb) in Raid 0 , OS / Gaming Drive 2 x Liteon 256gig (512gig) storage drives Asus Dvd-RW 
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2x 360mm Alphacool XT45 / 1x 480mm Alphacool Mo... EK X-Res 140 D5 vario Pump/Res combo + EK X-top... EK Supreme HF cpu / EK Acetal / Nickel with Nic... Windows 8.1 64bit 
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post #3 of 9
Same issue with me, the asrock extrem4 gen 3 had too many issues for me. Though i do miss the hdmi/dvi port out on it though. Came in very handy, testing, etc.

Went to a asus maximus extreme-z and couldn't be happier now. I guess the main thing he needs to look at is, if the board has the features he needs and the price on it. Each board has its good and bad problems. Good luck.
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Blame this for the double post. Been getting this error a lot on this forum lately.
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post #5 of 9
id get one of the ASUS's
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Killer K got the boot?! I'd get the ASRock Z68 Fatal1ty!
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Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 128 WD Black 1TB (storage)  Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner 24X NZXT Havik 140 
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Windows 7 Professional SAMSUNG S23A350H 23 LED RAZER Anansi Black PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III Series 750W  
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Fractal Design Define R4 Arctic White  Razer DeathAdder 
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Crucial BX100 CT500BX100SSD1 2.5" 500GB SATA  Western Digital Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM  Western Digital Blue WD10EZEX 1TB 7200 RPM  LG Electronics 14x Internal BDXL Blu-Ray Burner... 
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
EK-Predator 240 Windows 10 CROSSOVER 27QHD AHIPS LED 27" LG IPS 2560X1440 QHD Razer BlackWidow Expert Mechanical Gaming Keyboard 
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I'd get the ASUS. I personally got the deluxe for the ps2 port. Was very dissappointed with my ASRock board, can't recommend it.
    
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ASUS has treated me well.
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Thread Starter 
going to make a new post listing my findings ...
Edited by djxput - 11/4/11 at 3:56am
    
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2700k Asus p8z68-v pro/gen3 6950 1gig 1536 shaders(899/1308)  soon to be 32 gigs of 2133 ripjaw x 
Hard DriveCoolingMonitorPower
256gb M4 crucial SSD, 3 640 aaks WD Corsair H80 (controller problem thou) Soon to be 27" catleap AX850 
Case
Lian-li pc7fnwb 
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2700k Asus p8z68-v pro/gen3 6950 1gig 1536 shaders(899/1308)  soon to be 32 gigs of 2133 ripjaw x 
Hard DriveCoolingMonitorPower
256gb M4 crucial SSD, 3 640 aaks WD Corsair H80 (controller problem thou) Soon to be 27" catleap AX850 
Case
Lian-li pc7fnwb 
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