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Well after 3 weeks of research and deliberation I finally decided on a board ...

Was a hard tossup between the pro and the gd80 ...
Ive literally read Every review of these 2 boards and their siblings. And have read many posts by you and (others (other forums)).
This is my take without actually physically handling either board ... guess we'll have to see how my choice turns out in a couple weeks after my build.


- Price - I could get the gd80 for not too much more then the pro/gen3
so price wasnt really a factor.

Asus gets the nod thou

- Nic speed; saw some testing that yes the intel nic is better to use; not by much but a little ... But the gd80 has 2 nics; which Ive always wanted and thought I might use someday (just not now).

Asus gets the nod (I would of went with the deluxe here in the uk if I knew when they were coming out ... but I wasnt positive I could use the dual nic so ...)

- OC ability; no reason to not get a solid board since I was spending that little bit extra for a 2700k.
Both boards have reviewed well with OCing ... although I have seen a few reviews suggesting the MSI power handling is better then the digi+ vrm on the asus.
And then a couple reviews putting the asus a bit higher ...

MSI gets the slight nod purely based on the reviews

- Efficenciey/power idle/load ... many reviews rated the msi and much efficient and a couple reviews even suggested the power to the asus helps give it better scores. Although Ive seen a couple reviews saying the heat coming off the deluxe is a fair degree warmer then the gd80. So this is a tossup ... Id prefer to run a more effiecent/heat saving board - but having one perform better is always a nice things ...

MSI gets the slight nod

- Bios ... since I will be spending a fair amount of time messing with things this is a pretty important function. Ive read many many reviews and posts and watched vids on both bios's. And to put it simply the asus has the better bios. MSI looks like it is vieing for contention with lots of beta updates and working with reviewers; although msi still has a fair amount of bugs I have read about in regards to their bios ...

Asus gets the nod

- Reliability; Ive read much more troublesome issues with the gd80 and their board/bios then I have the asus. Yes I do realize that their bios has matured quite a bit in the past 2 months and even the latest bios (not released to public yet) perhaps has fixed the mutiplier issue above 50x ...
Big issue for me is having a computer that runs smooth and fast. I was dealing with a q6600 system for 2 years that would have random crashes in win xp (only just recently switched to win 7) ... and ya was a bit annoying and I couldnt figure out the cause. So far win 7 and my system are good to go; although I have also upgraded a few parts in the process. But I digress ...

reliability goes to Asus by a large margin

- SSD and usb speed; while the usb speed isnt that important; the SSD is since Im using a crucial m4 and will run my C drive off it. If I didnt care about speed I would of stuck with one of my numerous WD aaks's. Asus has been shown to be quicker then the gd80 in both tests.

Asus gets the nod

- Benchmarks; gaming and overall productivity; scores tended to be all over the place by different reviewers. But I have seen more reviews suggesting the asus line has the better scores compared to the msi line. Now I have also seen a couple reviews suggesting that this perhaps is due to the power flow to the asus board compared to the msi one. Still ...

Asus gets the nod

- Color scheme; yes this is a factor for me - was looking for a blue scheme and both fit well. Perhaps the msi looks a bit more; manly but whatever ... have some blue g skill ram coming and a blue lian li led so figure why not

even here

- Board layout and extras ...
MSI - 2 nics, nicer oc/power/reset buttons, ps/2 input, clear cmos button, it was suggested in one review the heat dissapation/sinks; were better utilized on the msi, dual bios incase you mess up.
Asus - bluetooth (dont need), although this has more to do with the bios it has the autotune oc feature.

I give the nod to MSI by a large margin for the fact of: 2 bios's, dual nics, better heatdissapation, and the clear cmos button, better looks.



So which board did I go with? ...

I want a fast reliable board that has a bios that I can easily get into and use and not have to worry about problems crashing/and or booting up. I also want a board I can really dig into and OC and bench for fun.

So while I may have liked the overall features of the msi board the asus board I can get for cheaper and appears more reliable and I can get this now (my 2700k should be arriving early next week) ... and the deluxe is nowhere to be seen (although the things I get with that board I may never use - 2 nics, digital error code, front panel usb).

So benchmarks, reliabilty and cost effectiveness win out.

Asus p8z68-v pro/gen 3 recommended

MSI z68a-gd80 g3 thumbs up


I went with the Asus p8z68-v pro/gen3
    
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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 
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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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Lian-li pc7fnwb 
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