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post #1 of 19
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I'm looking at the high end Asus boards for my Ivy set up this upcoming year when Ivy is released. But i'm not sure which one is the best i can get.

Money isn't to big of an issue ( i'd rather not get a $400 board though..) What i want is pure overclocking performance.

Here is the list of boards they have http://usa.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/Intel_Z77

Plus the Maximus V Gene which for some reason isn't listed on their site any more.

Minus CPU (duh) and RAM, the rest of my sig rig will be in that. So the additional Sound card on the Maximus V Gene isn't a big deal for me (unless it's better of course)

SLI is a possiblity, But as it stands i'm getting a 780 when it comes out. So if i can save myself $150 or something i'll just omit that.
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go to Maximus V Gene you will be like it.....biggrin.gif
post #3 of 19
I would recommend the Pro board. The high end ones are nice, but if you don't plan to ever use more than 2 cards, the Pro board should be relatively affordable, and do what you need it to.

Nice to see a fellow Michigander on the site!
post #4 of 19
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Well, I do PS2 emulation, Which is a CPU monster. So overclocking potential is numbero uno

Will the deluxe have better OC potential? Or even the Maximus V?

Also, Praise to the mitten! biggrin.gif
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I can emulate most PS2 games at 60fps with my Q6600, even at stock you won't have problems with PS2 emulation on any SB, IB or SB-E cpu even at stock.
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I'd say i can emulate pretty good with my Phenom II, But i know Intel is better for that (hence my switch:D)

I still want a super high OC for E-Peen though biggrin.gif
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If you are on no budget, go with the Maximus, but I bet its at least 300-330, as I believe the P67 was on release. From reading around, however, I think a quality ASUS board will OC quite well, and the 300+ boards are not necessary for that sole purpose. If you are considering 3+ GPUs, that changes the subject, however.
post #8 of 19
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I don't think i'll even have 3 GPU's, Two is not out of the question however.

To sum it up i have a budget of $700 for CPU, Board, and Ram (looking at the Samsung Ram that everyone seems to be raging about)

CPU is the Ivy i5 thats unlocked. So i'm at about $300 with the CPU/RAM (maybe a tad over)

1st up, Overclocking, second up, would be SLI.

But from what i gather, You're saying that the Pro board will OC just as much as the Maximus (potentially of course)
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post #9 of 19
I don't have proof backing it, but from reading articles about Sandy, I doubt the best board is necessary to get a good OC. Will the Maximus OC better than the Pro? I would say probably, but noticable to anyone who is not benching and looking for the absolute best OC with no budget? No. If your budget is 700 dollars, I think it would be absurd to spend half on a motherboard. The Pro will probably go around 150 if Sandy prices are a good base.
post #10 of 19
Just to kinda share my thoughts, I love my P67 Maximus. Really brought my 2600K to life after upgrading to it.

It's my first ASUS board, and I would definitely buy another one without hesitation. Can only imagine what Z77 is going to look like for them. thumb.gif


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