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So I feel like my motherboard is broken.
It suddenly kept displaying A2 debug code. I have swap the SATA cable, unplug and replug it, clean my pc, change the thermal paste, reset the CMOS battery, update the bios, and the darn thing still kept stuck in A2 or A3 code.

The worst thing is I bought the motherboard in Indonesia and I didn't bring the boxes and all the gadgets and gizmos that came from it; So, I cannot RMA it in here.

I need your opinion about MATX motherboard. But no ASUS please, I have enough problem with ASUS so called ROG brand. My first motherboard is Crosshair IV formula and few months later, two of the DIMM slot was broken.

I'm looking at ASRock Z77 Extreme4-M or GIGABYTE G1.Sniper M3. I feel like wanting to try gigabyte, people said that gigabyte has high reliability and good after sales service.

But it's not my final decision yet, so please give me input guys.. smile.gif
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The asrock board gets my vote, but i like this one better: http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157300
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Are you going to overclock? Then avoid Extreme4-M.

G1 Sniper M3 and MVG unfortunately are the best mATX boards around. So if you don't like your MVG, G1 Sniper M3 is your only other bet.
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Are you going to overclock? Then avoid Extreme4-M.

G1 Sniper M3 and MVG unfortunately are the best mATX boards around. So if you don't like your MVG, G1 Sniper M3 is your only other bet.

I would, but only at max 4.5 GHz. I want to hold to my hadware for another 1 or 2 years.

Unfortunately, I found out that sniper m3 only has 2 sata3, that;s a deal breaker.

Maybe I should go for extreme 4-M this time.

BTW, is there any difference between extreme 4-M and z77 professional-M F4tality?
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4-M has terrible VRM. It is the worst possible VRM setup available to drive current LGA1155 CPUs. Only 4 phase design, and worst mosfets available.

I rather have 4 Intel 3 Gbps ports than extra 2 6 Gbps Marvell/Asmedia ports anyway. What they are for? HDDs? They don't benefit from 6 Gbps. SSDs are better on Intel ports anyway since Marvell/Asmedia don't support TRIM.

I am not entirely sure what ASRock used on FAtal1ty, but I highly doubt that they cheaped out on that board... If I didn't convince you about SATA ports, then it's probably your best bet.
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Asus worked just fine for me any many others... I wouldn't go bashing all their boards due to a bad one.
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4-M has terrible VRM. It is the worst possible VRM setup available to drive current LGA1155 CPUs. Only 4 phase design, and worst mosfets available.

I rather have 4 Intel 3 Gbps ports than extra 2 6 Gbps Marvell/Asmedia ports anyway. What they are for? HDDs? They don't benefit from 6 Gbps. SSDs are better on Intel ports anyway since Marvell/Asmedia don't support TRIM.

I am not entirely sure what ASRock used on FAtal1ty, but I highly doubt that they cheaped out on that board... If I didn't convince you about SATA ports, then it's probably your best bet.

Yes, it will be for my WD green.. LOL.
Maybe you're right, I'll take that for consideration.

I might try gigabyte for this one.
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Asus worked just fine for me any many others... I wouldn't go bashing all their boards due to a bad one.

LOL, what do you expect? After my bad experience with their 2 ROG motherboard brand, do you want me to buy another ROG board?
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LOL, what do you expect? After my bad experience with their 2 ROG motherboard brand, do you want me to buy another ROG board?

Just pointing out the fact that myself and others have had better luck so they're not all bad.
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LOL, what do you expect? After my bad experience with their 2 ROG motherboard brand, do you want me to buy another ROG board?

Just pointing out the fact that myself and others have had better luck so they're not all bad.

Yes I know, they are the first with a reason.. But their boards just do not work for me.
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