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Which ITX board is better

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Before I pull the trigger on ordering the AsRock Z77E-ITX, I wanted a couple other opinions. I've been equally eyeing the Gigabyte GA-Z77N-WIFI. I have no experience overclocking with either one of these brands, let alone an ITX board, but I've seen the AsRock hold a stable 4.7GHZ on a 3770K. What do you guys think?

AsRock Z77E-ITX

GIGABYTE GA-Z77N-WIFI
post #2 of 5
I have both of them, though I've only overclocked on the ASRock as the other one i have an i3 in - they both have their own little + and - depending on which features you'll use. I don't think many people are going to use the dual lan ports on the gigabyte, but having a better wireless card w/ bluetooth 4.0 and WIDI is pretty cool and the antennas are much better on the gigabyte. The one upside feature of the ASRock is the mSATA card slot on the back which is pretty nifty if you're planning on getting a SSD that will fit it, otherwise that might be useless as well.

The gigabyte bios is a bit better looking, though they are both pretty functional (though again, i can't comment on how the gigabyte overclocks, though i'd presume they both clock around the same as most SB motherboards tend to clock pretty well if they have decent power phases)

Other than that, they layout on them are pretty much identical. I believe you can actually utilize 3 monitors with the ASRock as it has a display port and 2 other connectors ( a requirement from Intel that it has to use 1 DP if you use 3 monitors) and of course it has LucidLogix (though i've never actually implemented it)

Overall, if you take a look at my sig rig, you'll see I use the ASRock in my gaming system, though i wouldn't hesitate to use the gigabyte as well so you can't really go wrong with either. Know that probably doesn't help your internal debate all that much biggrin.gif
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Actually you do. I don't know what's been going on with this forum lately. You used to be able to ask a question and get a million opinions from members. I hardly hear a whisper from anyone now. It's almost like I asked a trick question of some sorts.

And I pulled the trigger on the AsRock, but if I get another customer some time soon that needs another build I'm going to force them to go with the Gigabyte just to see how it performs. I wish I could order both and just return the one I least like. I see a lot of people talk about the location of the ATX and 8 pin port, as well as the CPU socket on the Gigabyte. My only concern with that would be if it poses and issue with waterblocks.
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They both have CPU sockets in the same spots, water coolers are actually best for them as most blocks don't take up more area than allotted by Intel standards - I think in this particular case not a whole lot of people have had a chance to use both boards.

For the power layout, it will depend heavily on the case that you're using, i like the traditional style of the ASRock, but with the case that I was using the Gigabyte in, it actually made more sense to have that top connector (which would likely be a similar story in a case such as the Prodigy.

Just wish I could get rid of that stupid antenna for the ASRock, it fell off my tower and came apart :-\ Its just a plastic job holding together some wires which I've almost considered locating internally on the case, but seems like too much effort rolleyes.gif
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I would normally go with Gigabyte over Asrock any day of the week, but after reading how the Gigabyte has no voltage options, I'd say you made the right choice.

Perhaps AppleG can shed some light on this, as I don't have one myself and can's say for sure. But I've definitely read it in a few places.

If money weren't an issue and overclocking was your top priority, I'd go with the Asus P8Z77-I. But out of the two you posted, I'd probably go with the ASrock as well. Or this new MSI that just came out.
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