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I'm in the process of building my brother in law a gaming rig. I have the Z77 Sabertooth, and though I love the aesthetics and warranty, I know there are better performing mobos around its price range. He wants the same exact board as me, so I'm willing to sell mine and add it to his build, so I can try something different (I kinda don't want us to have the same boards).

I have been looking at the Asrock OC Formula, Gigabyte UP5TH and Asus Maximus Formula. I love everything about the OC formula and would be my front runner if i decided to switch. The gigabyte has the best vrms, thunderbolt ready and looks really good too. The downside is it only supports 1600 mhz ram and bios is fugly. I added Asus because its the only mobo brand i ever used, so familiarity is a factor, and I never had a ROG board before (probably because red and black is overdone). What are your suggestions and do you think I should switch, or just keep my sabertooth and grab another for my broham?
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If you can sell it to him for a good price it would definitely be worth getting a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 as a replacement, easily the best board for under $300. It supports 2800MHz memory by the way not just 1600MHz.
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If you can sell it to him for a good price it would definitely be worth getting a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 as a replacement, easily the best board for under $300. It supports 2800MHz memory by the way not just 1600MHz.
thanks for responding. are you sure? because every online retail that sells it states 1600mhz natively. i am also looking at mobos that have the plx feature which enables tri/quad sli. i want to water cool the mobo vrms, either with blocks or if they come installed with barbs. thats why im leaning towards the asrock oc formula or rog board.
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Online retailers are idiots. Gigabyte only states that 1600 Mhz is maximum RAM frequency that's officially supported by Intel for Ivy Bridge. Everything above that is overclock, and it has multipliers way above x28.

Maximum RAM frequency for UP5 so far is 3108.6 Mhz.

MVF and OC Formula don't have PLX. Watercooling UP5 is totally unnecessary. I bet that VRMs are totally cool, and PCH doesn't get that hot anyway.

If you want PLX board, go for G1 Sniper 3, or MVE, UP7, and few more.
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