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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131806R

Open Box Gene-Z, cheaper than the biostar. (by a few dollars)

Anyway,

The Gene-Z has arguably better sound built-in than the Biostar

The Gene-Z has an extra SATA port, for what it's worth.

The Gene-Z has little conveniences like the built-in power/reset buttons on the board for building outside of a case, etc.

The Biostar is just a P67 board, so you lose out on the integrated GPU (and the ability to overclock it!) if you would ever use it, and the SSD caching.

The price is right on the Biostar, and it is an adequate overclocker. It also has better spread for the expansion slots, being that it isn't a micro-atx board.

You can decide for yourself whether $60 justifies the upgrade to a better board, but for me it would be worth it to have the extra bells and whistles.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131806R
Open Box Gene-Z, cheaper than the biostar. (by a few dollars)
Anyway,
The Gene-Z has arguably better sound built-in than the Biostar
The Gene-Z has an extra SATA port, for what it's worth.
The Gene-Z has little conveniences like the built-in power/reset buttons on the board for building outside of a case, etc.
The Biostar is just a P67 board, so you lose out on the integrated GPU (and the ability to overclock it!) if you would ever use it, and the SSD caching.
The price is right on the Biostar, and it is an adequate overclocker. It also has better spread for the expansion slots, being that it isn't a micro-atx board.
You can decide for yourself whether $60 justifies the upgrade to a better board, but for me it would be worth it to have the extra bells and whistles.

The sound built into the Maximus IV GENE-Z is just a generic sound chip from RealTek... the X-Fi software can be purchased through Creative's website. My $90 ASRock board came with the X-Fi software too, but only a 30 day trial.

The Biostar also has built in power and reset buttons.

Who cares about the integrated GPU? Nobody would use it unless their video card died, and most people here have multiple cards. Also, SSD caching is only useful if you have an SSD thumb.gif

The Maximus is a great board though for it's size.

Here's something we can agree on:
Get the Biostar if you want ATX smile.gif
Get the Maximus if you want mATX smile.gif
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The sound built into the Maximus IV GENE-Z is just a generic sound chip from RealTek... the X-Fi software can be purchased through Creative's website. My $90 ASRock board came with the X-Fi software too, but only a 30 day trial.
The Biostar also has built in power and reset buttons.
Who cares about the integrated GPU? Nobody would use it unless their video card died, and most people here have multiple cards. Also, SSD caching is only useful if you have an SSD thumb.gif
The Maximus is a great board though for it's size.
Here's something we can agree on:
Get the Biostar if you want ATX smile.gif
Get the Maximus if you want mATX smile.gif

While I think you have a point, you presented it poorly. Hating a forum because people have a taste for more expensive motherboards than you think are worth it isnt constructive lol. Just because someone has the budget for a $300+ mobo doesnt make them an idiot, it means that can afford it. I am a firm believer than a system must be balanced though. Spending $250 on a mobo and then getting an i3 cpu and gts450 would be irrational UNLESS the mobo had a feature to justify it. In that case I would much rather get a cheaper mobo and then push the savings for a 2500k. So we are on the same page except I am more open minded to high end mobo's when they are worth it, I would have loved to have gotten a maximus IV but what they ask for is ridiculous!! I honestly dont know where they get that price when the matx version is well under $200. My comfort range is $200-250 personally.
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Absolutely agree.

The justification is simple - It's the 'best' board with all of the bells and whistles. It's a luxury item, and you pay for it.
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