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I've been stuck with my crappy Gigabyte GA-Z68AP-D3 for nearly 2 years now and I think it's time I treat myself to a new motherboard. I've narrowed it down to the two I like the most:

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H - £158.12

The good
  • Looks good
  • Great power delivery
  • Good overclocking capability
  • mSATA port (don't know if I'll ever use it but it's nice to have)
  • Lots of USB 3.0 headers
  • I know and trust Gigabyte

The bad
  • BIOS is inferior to most high end boards

Asus Maximus V Formula - £215.72

The good
  • Amazing BIOS
  • AI Suite 2
  • Better overclocking than the UD5H
  • mSATA card thingy
  • Looks good

The bad
  • I have enough for the UD5H now but if I got this I would have to wait a while because it's expensive

I'm leaning towards the UD5H just because it's cheaper and I can get it now. Any thoughts would be appreciated!
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The bad

BIOS is inferior to most high end boards

Which way? I prefer the organization if Gigabyte's bios over Asus. It's all about preference.

UD5H shouldn't be compared to MVF at all. UP5 can be.

In any case, price difference in UK between these boards is much less than it is in the USA. I can justify ~ £20-30 because of WiFi module unless you meant UD5H-WB... Can you justify the other £40 is up to you, but from what I have learned in the recent few days, people agree that memory OC is easier on Asus ROG boards than on any other board.

I can only say that my UD5H performs very well, and the only disadvantage of the board for me is limited fan control.
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Gigabyte doesn't feature all the bells and whistles that Asus has, but i wouldn't really need all that crap anyway, and to me, asus doesn't offer anything to justify the pricetag.
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Which way? I prefer the organization if Gigabyte's bios over Asus. It's all about preference.

UD5H shouldn't be compared to MVF at all. UP5 can be.

In any case, price difference in UK between these boards is much less than it is in the USA. I can justify ~ £20-30 because of WiFi module unless you meant UD5H-WB... Can you justify the other £40 is up to you, but from what I have learned in the recent few days, people agree that memory OC is easier on Asus ROG boards than on any other board.

I can only say that my UD5H performs very well, and the only disadvantage of the board for me is limited fan control.
I know they can't be compared, they are in different price brackets. I'm just wondering which would be better bang for my buck. As a UD5H owner, how bad is the fan control? I'm going to have all of my fans wired in to one header via a 5 way splitter so it's important to me. I know the fan control on the M5F is amazing with their AI Suite.
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You can control CPU_FAN header with voltage and PWM, and it works well for that. CASE_FAN 1 has limited control range and voltage only I think. The remaining headers can't be controlled at all, but it doesn't matter to me since I bought a fan controller.

If you run 5 fans on one header, they must be less than 1A in total.

Ai Suite... is good when it works; however, from my experience and from what I hear from Asus board owners, it's full of bugs.
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You can control CPU_FAN header with voltage and PWM, and it works well for that. CASE_FAN 1 has limited control range and voltage only I think. The remaining headers can't be controlled at all, but it doesn't matter to me since I bought a fan controller.

If you run 5 fans on one header, they must be less than 1A in total.

Ai Suite... is good when it works; however, from my experience and from what I hear from Asus board owners, it's full of bugs.
The splitter I have uses a molex for power and only uses the fan header for PWM control so I should be fine. The fan control thing is bugging me a bit because I like my rig to be as quiet as possible, I could get a fan controller but I like everything to be automated if possible. I'll give it a few weeks until I get some more money together and re-think my options. Thanks for the help!
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i would go with the gigabyte board. customer service is far beyond anything asus will ever do for you also with a lesser price tag.
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You are better off using a fan control program. On my ASUS p8z77-v all the fan headers have a minimum of 60% which is dumb. With ASUS fan control I can even control the 3 pin fans and have it set to increase in speed with temps and go down to 20% fan speed.
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