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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
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post #11 of 40
G1 Sniper M3 is my pick! But I am biased b/c I actually have an M3 and am using it. I don't know either of the other two boards are a match in terms of OC and performance. but the ASrock looks a bit better and both have a bit more connectivity. The M3 has the basic Z77 package, so everything Z77 provides G1 Sniper M3 Has. I think m3 should be compared to the M5G. They tell me i am biased to wards GB, but i have two points to make:

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6.2-6.3ghz wprime 1024, that is almost 250W from the 12v-4pin smile.gif haha and people say it couldn't be done smile.gif However the quality of the GB product is enough to take the power up to 300W like the connector can provide in best circumstances.
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the board is a beast in disguise, it only looks like it lacks, but infact it has all the native Intel SATA (all 6 are there in different places) one 3GB/s is straight up so that if you don't have room it fits. The other is eSATA on the back. Its USb 3.0 while only a total of 4 doesn't go through any intermediate hubs, so performance is awesome. The GIGABYTE BIOS is VERY solid, and has some new cooler features.

If you are looking for a board hwich will OC very high, and deal with everything, and have all the basic connectivity, it really is a steal for the price.

Did i mention that GB's Core3D implementation is really nice? the software is pretty cool actually:446

Anyways my review will come out soon. other than the fact that it doesn't have as much glamour like special looking heatsinks or extra SATA and USb 3.0, it really is a baby monster.

air cooling OC?


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That is my 2 cents. IMo you wont really make a bad decision between either of them. But if you had bad experiences with gigabyte Z68 don't' worry gigabyte z77 isn't' the same.
Edited by Sin0822 - 4/23/12 at 8:31pm
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post #12 of 40
All three are more or less equal so I went for the looks. I'm getting the Asrock because the colors fit better within the rig I'm building.
I also considered the Gene V (since they are the same colors basically) but it doesn't have a PS/2 port so, Asrock it is.
post #13 of 40
I was looking at the Sniper, and infact I was about to buy one, until I saw the PCI-E slot placements.... The very bottom slot is PCI-E 3.0 x8... What a useless slot being at the bottom, when most mATX boards wont support dual slot video cards that low.

They should have flip flopped the bottom X8 with the one directly above it, which is PCI-E 2.0 x4.

Keep in mind, this is only a downfall if you want to do SLI/Crossfire, but none the less, Gigabyte derped on this one.
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post #14 of 40
I'd get whatever has the best/least resource intensive on-board sound + has the option to turn off HPET so that probably leaves only Gigabyte as the main contender.
post #15 of 40
I am currently working out which m-atx board to buy and can't seem to work out if any of the boards you have mentioned are truly worth the price difference from the $129 ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M.
It seems to have a load of the features of the others and I am not sure the Fatal1ty, Sniper, Gene are really worth the $40, 50, 80 more for what they offer.

Can someone help out with explaining the value proposition of each of them and whether they are worth the extra spend.
I am going with a TJ08 then WC with a 180 and 120 rad for a 2600K and GTX680. SSD primary and then as many HDD's as I can fit.

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Originally Posted by zer0sum View Post

I am currently working out which m-atx board to buy and can't seem to work out if any of the boards you have mentioned are truly worth the price difference from the $129 ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M.
It seems to have a load of the features of the others and I am not sure the Fatal1ty, Sniper, Gene are really worth the $40, 50, 80 more for what they offer.
Can someone help out with explaining the value proposition of each of them and whether they are worth the extra spend.
I am going with a TJ08 then WC with a 180 and 120 rad for a 2600K and GTX680. SSD primary and then as many HDD's as I can fit.
cheers

To me, it's worth the price difference because I do not prefer an OC'ing mobo with a 4+2 phase (Extreme4-M). I'm not saying that's not enough phases but simply, it's not my preference. If you what to know more differences by comparison, go to the manufacturer's site and compare the features of each mobo with the Extreme4-M. That will help you decide thumb.gif
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post #17 of 40
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Originally Posted by Kvjavs View Post

I was looking at the Sniper, and infact I was about to buy one, until I saw the PCI-E slot placements.... The very bottom slot is PCI-E 3.0 x8... What a useless slot being at the bottom, when most mATX boards wont support dual slot video cards that low.
They should have flip flopped the bottom X8 with the one directly above it, which is PCI-E 2.0 x4.
Keep in mind, this is only a downfall if you want to do SLI/Crossfire, but none the less, Gigabyte derped on this one.

i apologize but the other boards have the same layout, beucase that is the only way you can have proper slot placement, and you forget that most people who buy boards like this buy them because they are much cheaper than the bigger counterparts, and don't actually use mATX cases. if you use an mATX case, you really think you can fit SLI or CF in there? and let me breathe?
Edited by Sin0822 - 4/28/12 at 12:42pm
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post #18 of 40
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Originally Posted by Sin0822 View Post

i apologize but the other boards have the same layout, beucase that is the only way you can have proper slot placement, and you forget that most people who buy boards like this buy them because they are much cheaper than the bigger counterparts, and don't actually use mATX cases. if you use an mATX case, you really think you can fit SLI or CF in there? and let me breathe?

Tis true but out of the 3 mobos, you will not be able to run Crossfire/SLI with the Sniper when using the micro-ATX case cuz the bottom slot is designated for the 2nd gpu (manual confirms this) while the other 2 mATX mobos with Crossfire/SLI will fit.
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post #19 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.

Ahhh...ok...didn't realize the power phases were all different on those boards. Must of missed that.
I have a 2600k that does an easy auto clocked 4.8ghz on a Noctua C14 and I am planning on putting that under water, so I guess I should be a bit more mindful of the power phases and OC potential on these boards. Thanks for the heads up.

Did you make a decision yet?
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post #20 of 40
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I've narrowed my choice between the ASUS P8Z77-M Pro & the Sniper M3. I'll be placing my order by the end of next week. I like both mobos...I'm taking time to compare the UEFI Bios before making my final decision thumb.gif
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