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Hi All,

I'm trying to make a final decision on a "very good" Z77 board. My requirements are as follows:

- 2x SLI maximum needed
- Must use high-quality components
- $200 or less
- Not sure what to think about thunderbolt support
- On-board audio is not important
- Excellent BIOS features

So far, I've been considering the GB UD5H, the ASRock Z77 Exrtreme4. I've been peeking at the ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 and am willing to spend $240 if there were some tangible things I could identify over the sub $200 boards (besides the fancy heat-shield, which maybe is more of a heat blanket - I don't know).

I appreciate any thoughts on this.

Regards
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post #2 of 48
The MSi MPOWER Z77 fits your bill pretty nicely
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ASRock Z77 Exrtreme4

Not high quality components.
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ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77

Overpriced unless you want Thermal Armor and thermal radar. VRM is mediocre.

Consider Gigabyte's entire Z77X line up. They are all good board. MSI Z77A-GD55 and up. Asus P8Z77-V and up boards. ASRock Z77 Extreme6 and up.
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Thanks. Noticed you have the UD5H . Are you pretty happy with it?
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Yep. Really the only disadvantage of Gigabyte boards is limited fan control. Otherwise, they always offer something extra in the same price range that competitors don't, so they are a good choice if you like what they offer thumb.gif.
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What is with the ASUS P8Z77 - V Pro Mainboard with or without thunderbolt?

Good as the sabertooth only without the shield. In my opinion the extra thermal armor isn´t really important.
OC, Fan control, bios working all great so far for me thumb.gif
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Yeah whatever you do, do NOT touch the AsRock Z77 Extreme 4.

I have it and nothing good comes out of it :l

Extreme 6 on the other hand is very good.
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Originally Posted by Pandora51 View Post

What is with the ASUS P8Z77 - V Pro Mainboard with or without thunderbolt?

Good as the sabertooth only without the shield. In my opinion the extra thermal armor isn´t really important.
OC, Fan control, bios working all great so far for me thumb.gif

V-Pro is good. When it comes to UD5H-WB (WiFi version that costs as much as V-Pro) vs V-Pro, it's all about better a onboard sound and dual-band WiFi vs a better fan control and single band WiFi.
Edited by DeXel - 2/4/13 at 11:28am
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post #9 of 48
The UD5H is a great choice; so is the UP4 in the same ball park. Avoid the Extreme4, it has a mediocre at best VRM.

And like DeXel said, the Sabertooth is way overpriced. The P8Z77-V Pro happens to have a better VRM than the Sabertooth at a much lower price. Go figure.

The MSI Z77A-GD65 and MPower are also solid boards and worth taking a look at.
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Originally Posted by Stige View Post

Yeah whatever you do, do NOT touch the AsRock Z77 Extreme 4.

I have it and nothing good comes out of it :l

Extreme 6 on the other hand is very good.

What's wrong with the e4? Keeps my 3770k at 5ghz lickidy split.
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