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Would that be significant for a 4.5Ghz causal Ocer that's price conscious, I highly doubt so, but that's for the OP to decide.

I mentioned the price too smile.gif.

If they cost the same, Gigabyte is no brainer. I know that in UK, for example, ASRock is quite overpriced. We still don't know where OP is located, so Gigabyte may cost the same.

Currently, you can get GA-Z77X-D3H (almost the same board as UD3H) for $130 from Newegg after MIR which is a better deal than $134 Z77 Extreme4.

When ASRock goes for ~$110, however, it's a different situation.

If we are talking about $20-30 here though, I would personally take UD3H anyway, but for OP it's up to him to decide.
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I went to microcenter and got into the same situation where I was not sure which motherboard to go with.. both were on the combo Discount along with the i5 3570k/3770k...

I ended up going with the asrock z77 extreme 4 and i do not regret it a bit... such a sweet board.. i do recommend it thumb.gif

good luck with your purchase
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Does ASRock still only have one yr warranty? Imo I go with ga-zzz-ud3 just for the better vrm.
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Does ASRock still only have one yr warranty? Imo I go with ga-zzz-ud3 just for the better vrm.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

3 Year Warranty for ASRock on Z77 Extreme 4.

If the OP really wants to push a 4.7-4.8Ghz OC at safe voltage ud3h probably is a better deal, for a 4.5 OC both board should suffice and I would take the one that cost less, d3h is worth considering if you don't mind dealing with the mail-in-rebate/prepaid rebate card process, I for one won't even consider a rebate if it is a prepaid card, even if it is a check I still view having to collect stuff and mai and wait a hindrance.
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In my country both boards cost roughly the same.They have 5$ difference-the UD3H being the more expensive,and both have 2years warranty.
The two boards seem to me roughly the same,and i really can't chose.I will be getting one of them next week,but i need to decide which one.
Both boards seem to be good deals,and as far as what I have read I won't make mistake whichever board i take.
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ASRock really sucks. I have my third board from them and I did not like any of them. Mostly because of the bugs that appear in each BIOS version they release.

I once asked for a fix in the BIOS. They mailed the fixed BIOS to me one week later, I flashed it and my system wouldn't boot anymore. Lucky me I always have a second BIOS chip at hand for hotflashing. Shortly said, they make BIOSes and they don't test it. But this shows how much actual effort they put into their products, which is NONE. Their support is great however. But we don't want great support, we want a great board to work with...

Go with Gigabyte or ASUS. I suggest you buy the Gigabyte board you suggested. I would do it if I could choose again.

Aside from those nasty BIOS bugs and their lack of BIOS testing, the ASRock boards are great. BIOS 2.00 is the last known stable BIOS for me where everything works. Windows 8 seems to work well on this board.

 

ASRock:

 

Pro:

- Many features

- Cheap

- Great support

- Windows 8 works

- Board will get Windows 8 support eventually. (v2.10 is buggy don't use it)

 

Cons:

- Lack of effort put into actual BIOS testing before release

- Doesn't overclock my 2500k well (maybe this is because of my PSU)

- VRM heatsink seems to be of bad quality. (For Ivy you might be just fine)


Edited by jonashendrickx - 9/18/12 at 3:42am
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Boyd: The Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H and the ASRock Z77 Extreme4 are both $84.99 at Microcenter, so Gigabyte wins for better quality parts.
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ASRock really sucks. I have my third board from them and I did not like any of them. Mostly because of the bugs that appear in each BIOS version they release.


I once asked for a fix in the BIOS. They mailed the fixed BIOS to me one week later, I flashed it and my system wouldn't boot anymore. Lucky me I always have a second BIOS chip at hand for hotflashing. Shortly said, they make BIOSes and they don't test it. But this shows how much actual effort they put into their products, which is NONE. Their support is great however. But we don't want great support, we want a great board to work with...


Go with Gigabyte or ASUS. I suggest you buy the Gigabyte board you suggested. I would do it if I could choose again.


Aside from those nasty BIOS bugs and their lack of BIOS testing, the ASRock boards are great. BIOS 2.00 is the last known stable BIOS for me where everything works. Windows 8 seems to work well on this board.

ASRock:

Pro:
- Many features
- Cheap
- Great support
- Windows 8 works
- Board will get Windows 8 support eventually. (v2.10 is buggy don't use it)

Cons:
- Lack of effort put into actual BIOS testing before release
- Doesn't overclock my 2500k well (maybe this is because of my PSU)
- VRM heatsink seems to be of bad quality. (For Ivy you might be just fine)

And the Gigabyte motherboard in question has dual BIOS. There's a nice little switch on the motherboard.
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As a Longtime Gigabyte owner I can attest to the quality in the Gigabyte boards. I have owned three Gigabyte boards only one had issues and that was some years ago with a GA-945P-G board (which I take full responibility for damaging)

The latest boards have performed well for me and the support has been superb, via the tweaktown forums. These boards are quite old, but they are built to last and survive (one is in my sig and the other is a EP45-DS3R in a word Awesome) The quality is in these boards and you will not regret buying one. They have Dual BIOS function in my era of boards to deal with different problems regarding bad settings etc. They simply revert to the backup BIOS in event of a failure. I am quite sure the newer UFI boards do have Dual funtion built in to the boards I am researching this as I speak.

They also have good quality CAPs (capacitors) and the UD line has a thicker PCB or board to deal with the extra heat of OCing as well as other reasons that escape me now. Also I do not want to dwel on the negative that the other Asrock owner stated, but there must be a reason why the AsRock board is cheaper. Do I dare say the gigabyte board has high quality parts and they are better boards so the price is higher due to the better quality and design. Oops I said it sorry.

You can talk to the mods at tweaktown forums to see how fast the support is like. Does AsRock have a good support forum?

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one guy is citing tomshardware, and then you got a guy who clearly knows way more than the guy arguing with him (who cites newegg reviews rofl).

Besides the fact that everyone knows TH is a joke (besides some of their benches for heatsinks and thermal paste, and only on stock settings, which is quite useless in and of itself...), those tests TH did was on stock voltage.

They completely failed to let you know that all of the motherboards in that round-up except good old biostar (they might make bad boards, but they aren't going to clip the wings on your motherboard and disable half it's features to force you to either buy more expensive just because of software or give you a limited motherboard) dont let you overvolt, or in the case of MSi, limit your voltage to 1.28.

Secondly, all those overclocks that TH did, was using software overclocking suites that the motherboards came with. Mind you, you can sometimes use such programs on different brands, software overclocking is totally worthless.

LN overclocking might not be useful, but it definitely says a lot when one mobo simply can't be used for ln2 overclocks and one can.
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Another thing I like about Extreme 4, you get a total of 6 fan headers, 3 of them on top above and to the right of the VRM, really help you when you have top/rear fans to plug in.

fan headers you have no control over, you mean? And why does anyone with such a system not have a fan controller for $10-25?

Thanks Dexel for your quality posts. +rep, I will be strongly considering the ud3h for my build. Definitely over the lk and extreme 4 at least.
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