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Gigabyte uses at least PowerPAKs on ALL their Z77 boards. Nothing worse than them. They have about the double of current capacity than D-PAKs. In order to overclock with D-PAKs on 4 phase VRM, you will be pushing them out of specs. This is inefficient and causes lots of heat. It's better on Extreme4, but still not ideal.

You should consider BIostar boards to get everything you want in low price ranges.

I don't have any problems with my Atheros NIC. In fact, it's probably more stable than Intel.
Same VRM as on Pro 4.

What does Biostar use by the way? They seem to do pretty well.

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Here is the list.

Biostar uses good stuff. It's analog ISL6367 the same that ASRock uses. Unlike ASRock though, Biostar uses all 6 phases out of it. For mosfets they use LF-PAKs which high-end ASRock and Asus boards use.
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Here is the list.

Biostar uses good stuff. It's analog ISL6367 the same that ASRock uses. Unlike ASRock though, Biostar uses all 6 phases out of it. For mosfets they use LF-PAKs which high-end ASRock and Asus boards use.
Well this is positive, I do like Biostar so that is not an issue there. Having said that, in this chart both the Biostar and the Asus both run 6 phases and based on what you are saying the ISL6467. I'm surprised to see Analog on both motherboards proving to be more efficient then Gigabytes which is digital with the fancy PowerPAKs correct?


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I never said analog is better lol. Digital is better, but analog isn't far behind. Asus and Gigabyte are the only ones who use digital on all their Z77 boards. Also that Asus boards on that graph runs 4 phases. I would worry about mosfet quality first then PWM chip.
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I never said analog is better lol. Digital is better, but analog isn't far behind. Asus and Gigabyte are the only ones who use digital on all their Z77 boards. Also that Asus boards on that graph runs 4 phases. I would worry about mosfet quality first then PWM chip.

So I know this is just one chart but Gigabyte falls into 3rd place behind Biostar which is analog. What is better about ASUS's digital setup than Gigabytes? Which of course this may vary with other boards but who knows maybe ASUS is doing something right. (which I'm skeptical)

Keeping in mind if at some point the budget increases the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H will likely be the choice as it has 6 usb 3.0 slots which is quite appealing.
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Asrock Extreme 4 is on sale for $115 usually... but it has Analog VRM + flimsy motherboard :/

Asus has the P8Z77-V LX/LE/LE Plus for around that price... but none are that great. Anything less than Pro and you have 4 true phases akin to a Gigabyte Z77-D3H (not the X ones).

I got my UD3H for $120 and saw the Z77X-D3H for $115 before... so I'm sure with some sales you could find some decent boards from Gigabyte.

Under $120ish you are basically looking at H77 or Z68 stuff.
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Z77X-D3H was $99 on Black Friday FYI.

Peanuts4, are you about efficiency? I am not sure how they measured it, and whether it's the efficiency of VRM or the board as a whole. If it's the board, P8Z77-V LX has the least number of features, so it is the most efficient in that aspect.

XE3 is more efficient that UD3H due to higher phase count, this one is simple.
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Z77X-D3H was $99 on Black Friday FYI.

Peanuts4, are you about efficiency? I am not sure how they measured it, and whether it's the efficiency of VRM or the board as a whole. If it's the board, P8Z77-V LX has the least number of features, so it is the most efficient in that aspect.

XE3 is more efficient that UD3H due to higher phase count, this one is simple.

I almost would have figured Gigabyte being digital would make up for that. I am no master of motherboard power so this is interesting.
When a $109 board is more power efficient than a $140 board that is interesting too.

Does the UD3H offer more phases or anything really over the D3H?

I would prefer a MATX board but none of these Z77 boards are blowing me away. The MSI looks okay but my sound card is pci which the MSI does not have. I don't know how happy I would be with a realtek onboard sound over my x-fi which has been pretty good.

Is the XE3 still for sale or just out of stock at newegg? Or did the BIOSTAR TZ77B replace it?
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Power efficiency is determined by a lot of things, the Gigabyte has a lot of onboard connectivity for example like it's mSATA connecto.

The UD3H has 2oz Copper PCB and overclocking features like voltage read points and onboard buttons over the D3H.

Not sure but I think the XE3 us higher end board than the Z77B.
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Power efficiency is determined by a lot of things, the Gigabyte has a lot of onboard connectivity for example like it's mSATA connecto.

The UD3H has 2oz Copper PCB and overclocking features like voltage read points and onboard buttons over the D3H.

Not sure but I think the XE3 us higher end board than the Z77B.

Yeah I think so too based on the cooling, I'll keep a lookout for it. Usually even if its out of stock newegg still has it on the site. I can't seem to find it.
Well when it comes time to buy we'll see if the gigabyte will be on sale. I have been telling myself my next board will be a Gigabyte board since 775's came out but something else always seems to pop up. Maybe this time will be it although Biostar has been good to me previously. Tough choices.
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