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Hi Everyone:

I know it's been a while since this thread popped up so I thought I'd check to see if there is any followup/news. I know these boards are almost identical, but i have to ask because I am building a gaming rig and am STUMPED on the board.

Asus P8Z68-V Pro vs Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4

Here's my build if any of this matters:

i2500k
Crucial M4 SSD, 128GB
Corsair Vengeance 8GB CML8GX3M2A1600C9
GTX 480
H100
HAF-X

Can anyone think of a tangible reason to choose either board?

I am a little nervous going with gigabyte because I have bought asus for nearly a decade and never had a problem. (Yes, I fear change.) The Asus board is only $25 more at memex, but to be honest if i am going to use this rig for 3-5 years I really want to make sure I'm getting it right the first time, so I don't care about the $25.

As far as usage goes, overclocking, gaming and software development. Nothing special.

Thanks everyone.

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I've always had Gigabyte boards in my system and I never had any issues with them. I personally don't like the new UEFI BIOS design I don't know why it seems to be more complicated and distracting for me. Yes they both are great boards, user friendly and good overclockers from what I've heard here on the forum. Basically you can't miss with either one of them. If you go Gigabyte make sure you get a Rev 1.3 cause it has PCI-Express Gen3
Edited by Benz - 11/1/11 at 2:15am
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Pick the prettiest one (UD4 imo)
Both are great boards.
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I've always had Gigabyte boards in my system and I never had any issues with them. I personally don't like the new UEFI BIOS design I don't know why it seems to be more complicated and distracting for me. Yes they both are great boards, user friendly and good overclockers from what I've heard here on the forum. Basically you can't miss with either one of them. If you go Gigabyte make sure you get a Rev 1.3 cause it has PCI-Express Gen3
Thanks for the heads up about the Rev.

I've read about problems between this board and GTX4xx video cards (reported on newegg) - have you heard anything similar? I have a GTX480.

Edit:

Memex only has Gen 1.

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Pick the prettiest one (UD4 imo)
Both are great boards.
/agree - it sure is purdy
    
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For overclocking, Gigabyte doesn't allow LLC + offset - it's one or the other. For this reason, I turfed my Giga and picked up a -V Pro Gen3 (Gen3's are just hitting shelves now). You can still overclock the Gigabyte, I ran my 2500K at 4.8 stable no problem, but it isn't a full implementation of the chipset's abilities. Voltage handling and regulation options are MUCH more robust on the ASUS.
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For overclocking, Gigabyte doesn't allow LLC + offset - it's one or the other. For this reason, I turfed my Giga and picked up a -V Pro Gen3 (Gen3's are just hitting shelves now). You can still overclock the Gigabyte, I ran my 2500K at 4.8 stable no problem, but it isn't a full implementation of the chipset's abilities. Voltage handling and regulation options are MUCH more robust on the ASUS.
All things being equal, if you had the Asus board, how much more horsepower could you have cranked out of the chip? 4.8 is screaming fast mate.
    
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Have you considered the ASRock boards? Many forum goers here swear by them.
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Have you considered the ASRock boards? Many forum goers here swear by them.
No, but thats not because of the brand - my local retailer (memory express) doesnt carry them. I have bought from newegg/ncix in the past, but for warranty/RMA/IPR purposes you just cant beat the convenience.
    
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I was debating going with ASUS P8P67 Pro REV3.1 or Gigabyte P67A-UD4-B3, the other day I ended up going with the asus board. I been using giga sine 1999 but decided on the asus cause of UEFI and the positive responses for it, also wanted a change. Just got my cpu in today going to set it up either tonight or early tm morning.
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