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I cant decide on a Z77 motherboard thats sub $200. I'm deciding between the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H, Asus P8Z77-V LE, or Asus P8Z77-V. I decided to disregard the Asrock boards because I heard that the boards actually use analog power phase instead of the advertised digital.

I will probably not be going to SLI because I only really play games like Starcraft 2, Dota 2, and Diablo 3 when it comes out. I am also planning on overclocking to around 4.2 Ghz on an Corsair H60, if that is even possible.

From what I hear, the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H has 6 power phases, the Asus P8Z77-V LE has 8 power phases, and the Asus P8Z77-V has 12 power phases. Does that even matter in my case, because I will only be overclocking to 4.2 Ghz at most?

Does the Intel LAN chipset of the Asus P8Z77-V perform noticeably better than the Realtek LAN chipset of the Asus P8Z77-V LE?

One last question, do all Z77 motherboards support LucidMVP?

Thank you in advance for all your help! I plan to buy my i7 3770k and mobo by next weekend.
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I cant decide on a Z77 motherboard thats sub $200. I'm deciding between the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H, Asus P8Z77-V LE, or Asus P8Z77-V. I decided to disregard the Asrock boards because I heard that the boards actually use analog power phase instead of the advertised digital.
I will probably not be going to SLI because I only really play games like Starcraft 2, Dota 2, and Diablo 3 when it comes out. I am also planning on overclocking to around 4.2 Ghz on an Corsair H60, if that is even possible.
From what I hear, the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H has 6 power phases, the Asus P8Z77-V LE has 8 power phases, and the Asus P8Z77-V has 12 power phases. Does that even matter in my case, because I will only be overclocking to 4.2 Ghz at most?
Does the Intel LAN chipset of the Asus P8Z77-V perform noticeably better than the Realtek LAN chipset of the Asus P8Z77-V LE?
One last question, do all Z77 motherboards support LucidMVP?
Thank you in advance for all your help! I plan to buy my i7 3770k and mobo by next weekend.

I would say the Gigabyte. I chose that board (on it's way now, very excited! biggrin.gif ) because of this article, worth reading: http://www.overclock.net/t/1252290/z77x-ud3h-review-and-oc-testing-circuit-analysis-ln2-runs-efficiency-comparison

Hope i helped! thumb.gif

EDIT: 4.2 on the H60 will be very possible, provided you get a normal chip and not a rare crappy one rolleyes.gif

EDIT EDIT: Unless you are a pro and notice microseconds of lag, i don't think any kind of lan will make a difference, so long as they all support the same standard and are all specced the same. And yeah, all z77 mobos do (at least, the ones you picked)
Edited by tr4zz0id - 5/9/12 at 4:33am
 
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