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The Micro-ATX Love Triangle...Who Should I Choose?

Poll Results: Who Would You Choose Between the 3?

 
  • 26% (6)
    ASrock Z77 Professional-M
  • 34% (8)
    Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3
  • 39% (9)
    ASUS P8Z77-M PRO
23 Total Votes  
post #1 of 40
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I'm building my very 1st mATX rig wheee.gif but I'm stuck in a love triangle weirdsmiley.gif and I'm not sure which 1 to pick wackosmiley.gif

This is what I'm sure of...
  • I like the aesthetics for each mobo drool.gif
  • I'm primarily a single gpu lover wubsmiley.gif
  • I have no problem with the pci-e layouts thumb.gif
  • There's no strike not having a debug led & CMOS button wink.gif

I'm not sure about following...
  • the warranty based on comparison
  • the quality of ASrock compared to ASUS & Gigabyte

Which of the 3 mobos would you buy & why (if you have a reason)?

The3Mobos.jpg

I'm pulling the trigger tomorrow morning, so please share your opinion smile.gif
post #2 of 40
any reason the asus gene v didnt make your list? maybe price?
Edited by toyz72 - 4/23/12 at 7:57am
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post #3 of 40
ASRock makes great boards and is as reliable as any manufacturer out there. Also, despite it not being on the list, my vote goes to the Gene V.
    
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Well, ASUS does have some pain in the ass RMA process. With those three options, I would still pick ASUS, due to better BIOS/UEFI. Gigabyte is catching up.

On the other hand ASRock has probably the best value. Keep in mind that ASRock does not use digital VRM, even though it says it does. It uses analog and digital hybrid VRM.
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post #5 of 40
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Originally Posted by toyz72 View Post

any reason the asus gene v didnt make your list? maybe price?

I'm on a tight budget (specifically my call). I have not been convinced to spend extra ($30 is the least I can save; $50 is the max. savings). I have a $10 off Newegg coupon I'll be using. The money saved will go towards memory. I'm only eyeballin' the 3 mATX mobos I had listed. Besides, the ASUS Maximus V Gene is a very nice mobo but is slightly overrated IMO whistle.gif
post #6 of 40
I chose the Extreme4-M by ASRock... but I am having a few issues with the clock not updating the time correctly in the BIOS.

Between those 3, the ASUS would probably be the best choice. You should add the Maximus IV GENE-Z68/Gen 3 to the list though... it's a pretty good board.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157294

There's the board I chose.
Edited by Kvjavs - 4/23/12 at 8:13am
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post #7 of 40
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Originally Posted by Kvjavs View Post

You should add the Maximus IV GENE-Z68/Gen 3 to the list though... it's a pretty good board.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157294
There's the board I chose.

I know that everybody will vote for the Gene V. That's why it's not on the list tongue.gif The chances of me buying the Gene V is very slim currently. I'm feeling the mobos I've listed cuz of the budget plan I have. Now I can change some things around if necessary to buy the Gene V...I've just have not been convinced within myself to buy it, especially since I can pretty much buy what I want now with any of the other mobos.
post #8 of 40
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Originally Posted by drBlahMan View Post

I know that everybody will vote for the Gene V. That's why it's not on the list tongue.gif The chances of me buying the Gene V is very slim currently. I'm feeling the mobos I've listed cuz of the budget plan I have. Now I can change some things around if necessary to buy the Gene V...I've just have not been convinced within myself to buy it, especially since I can pretty much buy what I want now with any of the other mobos.

I said GENE IV, not GENE V... the GENE IV is Z68/Gen 3. It's around the same price as the Gigabyte board. But as you can see, between those, I chose something else tongue.gif

It would be just fine if the clock would update, but surely there'll be a bios update for that someday.
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post #9 of 40
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Originally Posted by Kvjavs View Post

I said GENE IV, not GENE V... the GENE IV is Z68/Gen 3. It's around the same price as the Gigabyte board. But as you can see, between those, I chose something else tongue.gif
It would be just fine if the clock would update, but surely there'll be a bios update for that someday.

Oops redface.gif This is very tempting thinking.gif I'm fully aware of the dozen excellent reviews this mobo had received. This might be the one headscratch.gif
If I buy the Gene IV, you'll be rewarded buddy thumb.gif
post #10 of 40
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Originally Posted by drBlahMan View Post

Oops redface.gif This is very tempting thinking.gif I'm fully aware of the dozen excellent reviews this mobo had received. This might be the one headscratch.gif
If I buy the Gene IV, you'll be rewarded buddy thumb.gif

Will you reward me with one for myself? thumb.gif
Edited by Kvjavs - 4/23/12 at 10:32am
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