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ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 vs MSI Z68A-GD65 (G3)

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Can anyone tell me which one would be a better choice?
It seems the majority go with Asus but in this case, I feel like MSI has more bang for your buck. I'm definitely liking the 4 Sata 6gb/s ports vs Asus 2 @ the price point.

Am I missing out on anything from Asus if I went with that board? The UEFI on MSI boards look just as good as Asus.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131792

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130611
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Track put together a great thread comparing motherboards here. Or you can skip to his google document here.

  • Do you have more than 2 SATA III (6.0 GB/s) devices? If so, then the MSI may be a better option. Something that I just learned about these chipsets is that they only support 4 SATA II and 2 SATA III native, and to pick up the extra 2 SATA III ports they resort to a third party controller that isn't native, with less performance. Lastly, my SATA III HDD isn't significantly faster than an equivalent RPM and cache SATA II. It is faster, but it's not significantly so, which means that only SSDs are really using much of what SATA III has to offer.
  • The Asus board has 12 phases of VRM and the MSI board has 8 phases of VRM. That means that it is more likely to OC better unless the 8 phases that the MSI board has are very high quality.
  • The Asus has more PCI x16 slots if that's a concern for you. (SLI, etc)
  • The Asus board has BlueTooth if that matters.
  • The Asus board has a hdmi and an eSATA port if that matters.
  • The Asus board has 3 4-pin and 3 3-pin fan connectors. (two for cpu on the controller) The MSI board has 1 CPU and 4 "system" fans. (4-pin fans can be set to run 3-pin fans, and if you're doing a push-pull having two cpu fans can be nice, for controller purposes)

The Asus board seems to have more features, but they may not be features that you need. The VRM phases on the Asus board make it stand out a bit more. The dual cpu fan plugs may be a significant advantage.

But if you need > 2 SATA III ports then MSI is probably the way to go.

EDIT: I didn't factor in price, since the sale price of one makes it equal to the other and the MSI board has a better warranty.
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