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Need some advice/explanation so I can choose which mobo to buy (ROG Maximus V Gene vs MSi Z77 Mpower)

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Hi guys,

I'm gonna build a pc (my first) and I wanna know the differences of both motherboards (Asus Maximus V Gene and MSi Z77 Mpower). Can someone explain in simpler terms the features that differ between the two? If both motherboards sell at almost the price, which would you pick?

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Hi guys,
I'm gonna build a pc (my first) and I wanna know the differences of both motherboards (Asus Maximus V Gene and MSi Z77 Mpower). Can someone explain in simpler terms the features that differ between the two? If both motherboards sell at almost the price, which would you pick?
TIA! thumb.gif
Here my few opinion...
Maximus V Gene - red themed mobo
PCi slots for gpu gaming in sli or crossfire.... 2 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8), 1 x PCIe 2.0 x4 (black)
uATX Form Factor 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm
Memory - 4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB, DDR3 2800(O.C.)/2666(O.C.)/2600(O.C.)/2400(O.C.)/2200(O.C.)/2133(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1866(O.C.)/1600/1333 Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

MSi Z77 MPower - black themed mobo
PCi slots for gpu gaming in sli or crossfire.... 3 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8, x4)
ATX Form Factor 30.5cm(L) x 24.5cm(W)
Memory - Support four DDR3 DIMMs 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*(OC), 2200*/2400*/2600*/2667*/2800*/3000*(OC, 22nm CPU required)DRAM (32GB Max)

Well if it was up to me.. Asus, bar none. i'm a Asus fan.. Asus has been great for making mobo and they are trusted brand. I have been using them for years..
But my opinion they both are decent and almost same.. some ppl go for color to match thier rigs.. so its up to ya. wink.gif Both are great board. I got new board enroute, its Asus P8Z77 WS. I want it for maxed graphic gaming rig. It got dual x16/x16 or quad x8/x8/x8/x8. tongue.gif

Regard,
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The Gene is the most popular and trusted board. One is Matx while the other is Atx. I'm dreaming of the Matx board to replace what I have.
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Thanks guys!

I think I'm going for the Gene at the moment. I kinda wished the PCIe and RAM slots were all black like in MPower coz I'm planning a black and white rig. I'll just buy some ram coolers if the red stands out too much. lol
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I had a maximus iv genez/gen3(which is pretty close to maximus v gene) and currently on a mpower. Personally, I like the OCing of the MPower more. especially the 24 hour 4.6ghz oc of ivy bridge stress test they do on it. Basically ensures no DoA. Personally, I would take the mpower over than maximus v gene. However, some mpowers have a bootloop problem sometimes. IMo, I think.
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Thanks guys!
I think I'm going for the Gene at the moment. I kinda wished the PCIe and RAM slots were all black like in MPower coz I'm planning a black and white rig. I'll just buy some ram coolers if the red stands out too much. lol
Yea a black and white rig isn't easy to build up tho.. smile.gif Good luck with that and post some pics when ur done thumb.gif
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