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Sound is another thing that Asus is behind. They still use ALC892 on most boards like Sabertooth. UP5 uses ALC898 with headphone amplifier. Ultra Durable 5 components are twice more capable what Asus uses on Sabertooth/MVG/MVF/MVE. Even though both are overkill for everyday use, why settle for less if you can have better for the same $? Even at $200, I still can't justify Sabertooth unless you are sold for Thermal Armor.
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Sound is another thing that Asus is behind. They still use ALC892 on most boards like Sabertooth. UP5 uses ALC898 with headphone amplifier. Ultra Durable 5 components are twice more capable what Asus uses on Sabertooth/MVG/MVF/MVE. Even though both are overkill for everyday use, why settle for less if you can have better for the same $? Even at $200, I still can't justify Sabertooth unless you are sold for Thermal Armor.

Yeah I'm not sold on thermal armor and not entirely enthusiastic about ASUS right now. Does the UP4 lack in quality compared to the UP5? Or is it mostly different features?
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post #13 of 26
Well it has less features. It also has 6 phase VRM with IR3550s, but I hear it has limited OC features compared to UP5/UD4H/UD5H. I would recommend UD5H over UP4 unless you need Thunderbolt since you basically get the same VRM quality but through doubling, but you still get ALC898 + headphone amp.

Also I don't know if somebody else mentioned, but the only drawback of GB Z77 boards compared to Asus boards is limited fan control, and that's where Thermal Armor shies.
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Okay, I'm not too worried about fan control. I'll only be plugging one in, and that's for the CPU for the H100. Main differences between your mobo and the UD5 is Ultra D 5 and thunderbolt mostly?
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post #15 of 26
UD5H and UP5 differ from the fact that UP5 has Ultra Durable 5 that is basically all about IR3550 mosfets. It also has 8 phase design whereas UD5H has 6 phases doubled to 12.

Then there is Thunderbolt and WiFi although UD5H-WB also has WiFi. UP5 also has improved RAM T-Topology, so it should be better for RAM overclocks unless UD5H rev 1.1 made some improvements.
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post #16 of 26
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Any reason I shouldn't get it? Starting to lean towards the UP5, the looks of it are helping my decision smile.gif

Anything else you can suggest that you already haven't? Sorry ha, I'm bad at making decisions and like to be thorough.
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post #17 of 26
Yea UP5 looks very nice smile.gif. If I didn't have UD5H, I would get UP5. The only reason not to get it if you want to save some money, or don't really need WiFi/Thunderbolt.

Well, there is MSI MPower and ASRock OC Formula. They are both close to UD5H in VRM department, but MPower uses analog VRM, but has proper fan control if I am not mistaken. It also doesn't have headphone amp. OC Formula just costs too much imho.
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Can't find anything wrong with it. Have you explored the Asrock overclock formula since you are up in the $230 range it seems? It's a really nice board and I was having a really tough time keeping my wallet in my pocket when buying my extreme6.
post #19 of 26
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Okay, still closing in on the UP5 then. The last Gigabyte board I owned was for the AMD platform. Their reputation over there was higher heat output then most other boards. Does this hold true on the Intel platform?
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And a double post, dumb internets. I have not looked at the ASRocks more closely.

Ah yes just looked at the OC Edition again. The colors alone are enough for me not to want to get it. I would consider it if the components on the board were of higher quality than other boards though.
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