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Biostar TZ77XE4 vs TZ77XE3, what is the difference?

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Hi,

I am thinking about upgrading my current rig and Ive seen the Biostar TZ77XE3 being recommended, but what is the difference between the 3 and the 4 (besides price)?
But, what about Asrock?? Worth the extra money? Z77 Extreme 4 vs 6? Difference?

I just dont know...but I do know that I am planning to use it for gaming and overclocking.

I will also need a good set of memory, 4gb or 8gb and at what speed? 1866 or 1600? What is the O.C. all about in the motherboard specs?

And, a SSD 128gb would be nice.
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TZ77XE4 has 2 more SATA 6 Gbps ports, a better onboard sound, onboard DisplayPort, and a eSATA port than TZ77XE3.

Z77 Extreme6 has support for 3 way CF, onboard Firewire 400, and a mini PCIe slot than Z77 Extreme4.

All 4 are quality motherboards. Pick which ever one you want.
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The E4 has a little more features such as Display Port and eSATA on the rear I/O, 90° SATA connectors (and two more SATA 6Gb/s connectors), and onboard clear CMOS.

Is it worth the extra cost? In most cases, no; unless you needed the above features. Though I do wish they would have made 90° facing SATA on the E3 board.

As for ASRock, just avoid them for now. Their DIGI PWM is a lie as they went from a digital PWM to an analog design.

The best memory to look for in terms of price/performance is Samsung's low-profile 30nm DDR3 modules. Don't let the timings deceive you as they can overclock much better than stock.

And for the SSD, I'd recommend anything from Crucial or Intel. Haven't had any issues with them. Crucial has had some nice deals with their M4 series, nearing ~$1/GB.
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Originally Posted by SimpleTech View Post

The E4 has a little more features such as Display Port and eSATA on the rear I/O, 90° SATA connectors (and two more SATA 6Gb/s connectors), and onboard clear CMOS.
Is it worth the extra cost? In most cases, no; unless you needed the above features. Though I do wish they would have made 90° facing SATA on the E3 board.
As for ASRock, just avoid them for now. Their DIGI PWM is a lie as they went from a digital PWM to an analog design.
The best memory to look for in terms of price/performance is Samsung's low-profile 30nm DDR3 modules. Don't let the timings deceive you as they can overclock much better than stock.
And for the SSD, I'd recommend anything from Crucial or Intel. Haven't had any issues with them. Crucial has had some nice deals with their M4 series, nearing ~$1/GB.

Regarding that memory, it is currently out of stock.

The 2 x 4gb version says it is a "multi channel kit". Wouldnt it be the same thing if I ordered 2 (1 x 4gb) sticks and made it a "multi channel kit" myself?

Regarding Crucial SSD, out of the 128gb models, I dont understand what the differences are.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008120%2050001455%20600038478&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Order=PRICED&PageSize=20
Edited by Kristof - 4/26/12 at 11:44am
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kristof View Post

Regarding that memory, it is currently out of stock.

The 2 x 4gb version says it is a "multi channel kit". Wouldnt it be the same thing if I ordered 2 (1 x 4gb) sticks and made it a "multi channel kit" myself?

Regarding Crucial SSD, out of the 128gb models, I dont understand what the differences are.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008120%2050001455%20600038478&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Order=PRICED&PageSize=20

Correct. You can get the 4GB sticks individually which are equivalent to the 8GB kit.

The differences are as follows:

CT128M4SSD2 - SSD only
CT128M4SSD2BAA - Comes with a 3.5" bracket
CT128M4SSD2CCA - Transfer kit (SATA to USB and software)
CT128M4SSD1 - SSD only (7mm height)
CT128M4SSD1CCA - Transfer kit (SATA to USB and software) (7mm height)
post #7 of 9
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Ok, thanks.

I was worried that If I ordered the sticks separately then they would be "out of sync" or would hinder performance in a way.
Then why do they even bother making it as a kit? Just buy as many single sticks as you want?

Then should I buy 8gb worth of ram or go for 16gb? I doubt I will need 16gb, I have 4gb ddr2 right now @1066mhz and It can max out, but with 8gb I should be golden, especially with DDR3, correct?
Edited by Kristof - 4/26/12 at 12:09pm
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post #8 of 9
Kits are usually tested together to make sure that they're compatible with one another. You'll rarely have any issues by buying them single.

8GB is the norm now. 16GB is a bit overkill especially if you're just gaming or browsing the web but since DDR3 prices have fallen greatly in the past few years who wouldn't opt for more.
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Roger that.
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