Originally Posted by skorch
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?
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.
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.