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Hey guys I have been building my new rig for the past month and getting to the major parts now. next up is the MOBO... right now I am pretty well set on the Asus Maximus V Formula....my other consideration was the MSI Mpower but I hear it can be pretty buggy. So talk me into or out of the V formula... tell me your thoughts on this board and if you wanna recommend something else I am all ears... the board will be running...
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and 6 hard drives along with an optical drive.

Thanks for the input.
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What's for? You can get a very decent Z77 board for ~$150 like UD3H or GD65.

For $250 I consider GA-Z77X-UP5 or G1 Sniper 3 (if you need 4-way SLI support) the best bang for the buck.
Edited by DeXel - 2/17/13 at 7:54pm
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What's for? You can get a very decent Z77 board for ~$150 like UD3H or GD65.

For $250 I consider GA-Z77X-UP5 or G1 Sniper 3 (if you need 4-way SLI support) the best bang for the buck.
Well the UD5 does not have enough sata ports for my needs and not a fan of the looks either... did I mention this will be going in a NZXT Switch 810 white case? and the sniper is a nice board but the yellow kills... tell me why the sniper is comparable in quality to the V formula?
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Because Sniper has 12 phase VRM with better mosfets on top of that it has more features for money. Like Killer NIC, Creative audio, and 4-way SLI support. It's also green, not yellow.

UD5 has the same number of SATA ports as MVF. You probably meant UP5 which has 2 Thunderbolts instead.

If your build is primary for looks, it's up to you to decide. Technically these GB boards offer more for money.
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Because Sniper has 12 phase VRM with better mosfets on top of that it has more features for money. Like Killer NIC, Creative audio, and 4-way SLI support. It's also green, not yellow.

UD5 has the same number of SATA ports as MVF. You probably meant UP5 which has 2 Thunderbolts instead.

If your build is primary for looks, it's up to you to decide. Technically these GB boards offer more for money.
I count 8 sata ports on the formula and 6 on the up5... I can live with 6 by using a splitter but I prefer not to.. Its not all about looks but looks do count with this big window on the switch. still though the formula destroys both those boards in that department...
v formula has one of those onboard audio solutions as well and 4 way sli support... but how does the gigabyte bios compare to asus?
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I'm in the same boat as you are OP. I am also in the market for a good board. I love the looks of the V Formula, but love the quality and what you get out the GB boards. I was going to go for a red, black, and white theme with the 600t white case and I know the V formula would look awesome in it but at the same time I want what the up5 and sniper have to offer. It's kind nuts to think that Asus puts out a decent high end gaming board in the ROG series but it has less quality mosfets/vrm setup as the GB up5, UD5H. Let us know what you end up with.
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I count 8 sata ports on the formula and 6 on the up5... I can live with 6 by using a splitter but I prefer not to.. Its not all about looks but looks do count with this big window on the switch. still though the formula destroys both those boards in that department...
v formula has one of those onboard audio solutions as well and 4 way sli support... but how does the gigabyte bios compare to asus?

The one he is talking about is UD5H and it have 8 SATA port, Sniper have 4 Way SLI support & onboard audio solutions.



If Red and Black is your thing get the ROG board, If Formula had 8 phase PWM for it VRM instead of 4 phase doubled I would have no problem recommending it, but it doesn't so I would even recommend ASUS V-Pro or V-Deluxe over it just for better VRM, those boards however don't have 4 Way SLI support.

p.s Imo if you want to run 4-Way SLI you might as well go X79 and get ASUS Rampage IV Formula
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I count 8 sata ports on the formula and 6 on the up5... I can live with 6 by using a splitter but I prefer not to.. Its not all about looks but looks do count with this big window on the switch. still though the formula destroys both those boards in that department...
v formula has one of those onboard audio solutions as well and 4 way sli support... but how does the gigabyte bios compare to asus?

What I have observed by comparing the Gigabtye bios to the Formula bios is that asus is a little more user friendly as far as "short cuts" to overclock. they have better independent fan control. The bios on the GB boards takes a bit to get use to. But i'm sure with either bios if you take the time you can get use to it and know how to navigate.
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I count 8 sata ports on the formula and 6 on the up5... I can live with 6 by using a splitter but I prefer not to.. Its not all about looks but looks do count with this big window on the switch. still though the formula destroys both those boards in that department...
v formula has one of those onboard audio solutions as well and 4 way sli support... but how does the gigabyte bios compare to asus?

Formula doesn't support 4-way. It doesn't even have enough slots for that. It support 2-way SLI or 3-way CrossFire.

UP5 uses 60A per phase mosfets whereas MVF uses ~30A per phase. What destroys what? MVF has 4 true phase VRM design where UP5 has 8 phase design. G1 and UD5H have 6 phase design.

UD5H and UP5 are different boards. First has 8 SATA ports the second has 6, but has 2 Thunderbolts.

Onboard audio on MVF seems terrible from the reviews I have read. In any case if you care about sound, get an audio card with any board.
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Forgive my newbness but I am here to learn so what do higher quality vrm,s and mosfet,s offer me? and what problems do the lower quality ones on the formula cause?
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