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With the chip you have I think that the best choice is a z77. The B75 may hold you back a bit.
   
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post #12 of 22
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So in reference to the D3P. Isn't it the best of both worlds being B75 and with 3 SATA 6 ports? Any negatives having the other 2 sata 6 ports off of the 3rd-party Marvel controlller?

3rd party ports run about ~20% slower. That is if you need to have more than 1 SSD in your system, because none of HDDs saturate 3Gbps.
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Theoretically, it shouldn't reduce performance since they use the same basic I/O components as their full-sized brethren. Plenty of people here have mATX boards and I haven't seen anything indicating that said form factor is a hindrance, anyhow.


Theoretically mATX boards should have better performance.
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With the chip you have I think that the best choice is a z77. The B75 may hold you back a bit.

In what way? I understand that the number of ports will be different between the chipsets but what does the z77 buy me other than this? Will the SATA 6 and USB 3.0 speeds be faster with the Z77? If it isn't I am going to lean toward the B75 then.
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post #14 of 22
B75 benchmarks with pretty much the same results as Z77 boards. The only way it'll hold you back is by making 3570K a waste since you won't be able to OC.
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Hello. I am trying to pick a MOBO and am having a hard time making a choice. I have read a lot of reviews and it looks like no board is a real homerun, where most love it. I see a lot of reports of failing SATA and USB ports. Here are some of my basic requirements:

1.) It needs to be compatible with my CPU, Core i5 Ivy Bridge 3570K.
2.) Must have the newest chipset
3.) Need USB 3.0
4.) Need SATA 6
5.) I won't be overclocking. I need the most reliable board.
6.) I want to stay below $150 if possible. Does paying more give me more reliability(ex: better caps, other circuit parts)? I don't want to compromise reliability by going too cheap on the MOBO.

I have been researching and it seems that either ASUS or GIGABYTE might be my best choice. But it looks like ASUS has gone down a bit in quality and I am hearing that there are a lot of problems RMAing boards. Here are the boards I am looking at. Could you please provide me any info on which board you think would be best for me? Thanks.

ASUS
ASUS P8Z77-V LX LGA
ASUS P8Z77-V LE LGA
ASUS P8Z77-V LK LGA
ASUS P8Z77-V LE PLUS LGA

GIGABYTE
GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H
GIGABYTE GA-Z77-HD3
GIGABYTE GA-Z77-HD4
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-D3H
GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H
Go with the Asus Sabertooth Z77, its a really sick Motherboard, I would go with that if I were you smile.gif
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Go with the Asus Sabertooth Z77, its a really sick Motherboard, I would go with that if I were you smile.gif
Opps, just checked the price on the Sabertooth and its $240, my bad, but I also like the P8Z77 LX LGA ^^
post #17 of 22
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Thanks for all your help guys. I am almost settled on the Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H board. It has basically all the feature I would need for this build but I have one sticking point before I hit "buy". I will mostly do only 1 drive total in the machine. At most I might do 1 SSD for the OS/main programs and 1 HDD for storage(pics, music etc). But mostly I will probably do 1 SSD only. I want the SSD to be hooked to a SATA 6.0 port. My concern is that the B75 has 1 SATA 6 port. Lets say the port dies 3 years down the road, then it would force me to plug the drive in a SATA 3 port, getting lower speed. The boards with 2 SATA 6.0 ports are about $25+ more than the B75 board. Is it worth spending more just to get a spare SATA 6.0 port incase one dies in the future? That would be the only reason I can think of to get anything above a B75 board. I really would rather not have to spend the money.

Is this pointless? When one SATA 6.0 goes, do both usually go?

I hope you know what I am talking about...
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Thanks for all your help guys. I am almost settled on the Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H board. It has basically all the feature I would need for this build but I have one sticking point before I hit "buy". I will mostly do only 1 drive total in the machine. At most I might do 1 SSD for the OS/main programs and 1 HDD for storage(pics, music etc). But mostly I will probably do 1 SSD only. I want the SSD to be hooked to a SATA 6.0 port. My concern is that the B75 has 1 SATA 6 port. Lets say the port dies 3 years down the road, then it would force me to plug the drive in a SATA 3 port, getting lower speed. The boards with 2 SATA 6.0 ports are about $25+ more than the B75 board. Is it worth spending more just to get a spare SATA 6.0 port incase one dies in the future? That would be the only reason I can think of to get anything above a B75 board. I really would rather not have to spend the money.

Is this pointless? When one SATA 6.0 goes, do both usually go?

I hope you know what I am talking about...

There are really 2 possible failure modes for SATA ports: the physical port connector and the chipset. Obviously if the physical connector is damaged, that usually wouldn't affect any other ports (except for boards that have bunk-bed style sideways-facing connectors; damaging the top one might render the bottom one inoperable and vice-versa). If the chipset is problematic, then both SATA-III (6Gb/s) ports would fail together usually.

To be honest both failure modes are quite rare, and certainly don't merit paying an "insurance premium" of 33% (i.e. going from a $75 board to a $100 board like the GA-H77M-D3H). Just be careful when plugging in the SATA cables and (almost) nothing can go wrong! smile.gif
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I don't think your SATA port will die.

intel had issues with their SATA6G on P67 and they said over 3 years it might die, they were forced to make a new chipset revision to fix it. so no the chances of death of a port at 3 years is extremely small, because Intel tests for longer than that, if they didn't then there would have never been a P67 recall.
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There are really 2 possible failure modes for SATA ports: the physical port connector and the chipset. Obviously if the physical connector is damaged, that usually wouldn't affect any other ports (except for boards that have bunk-bed style sideways-facing connectors; damaging the top one might render the bottom one inoperable and vice-versa). If the chipset is problematic, then both SATA-III (6Gb/s) ports would fail together usually.

To be honest both failure modes are quite rare, and certainly don't merit paying an "insurance premium" of 33% (i.e. going from a $75 board to a $100 board like the GA-H77M-D3H). Just be careful when plugging in the SATA cables and (almost) nothing can go wrong! smile.gif

"insurance premium" - is a good way to put it. Thats really what is would be in my case. So, it doesn't seem worth it. Thanks for your post.
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