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I'm choosing between these 4 motherboards. No one has all the things I'm looking for:

Here are those things:

1. Offset voltage for OC (MSI doesn't have it, but if there's a workaround, I'll go for the MPOWER)

2. ALC898 (just for going with the best which cheaper boards have also for doing hackintosh though ALC892 is supported, it's just that 898 is superior)

3. LOOKS (UD5H just sucks in my opinion while the MPOWER and GENE has the best looking boards)

Planning to OC to about 4.5ghz, don't know if the components, VRMs and PWMs of each can go that far and the differences between them AFAIK the UP4 has better VRMs. Don't know about the Maximus V GENE.

Don't know if the GENE is worth it over MPOWER because of just the offset OC that the MPOWER lacks.

I saw an Maximus V Formula OPEN BOX on newegg which goes for $220. Don't know about stories of open box so i don't know if it's worth the risk for $220.

Thanks guys!
post #2 of 20
My vote is for Gene!

An open box formula would be pretty sweet too although it may be missing some items from it As long as its a functional board i would take it. I bought an Open box mobo from newegg and it worked just fine!
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My vote is for Gene!

An open box formula would be pretty sweet too although it may be missing some items from it As long as its a functional board i would take it. I bought an Open box mobo from newegg and it worked just fine!
So GENE is better than MPOWER? How can you vote for Gene?

I'm really afraid of going with Open BOX. frown.gif any other users who can shed their stories with open box from newegg?
post #4 of 20
i dont really think you can go wrong with either board. theres club's for both of them on the forums.

mpower
http://www.overclock.net/t/1302731/official-msi-z77-mpower-owners-club-all-things-mpower

i would ask your questions there and decide which board is for you. i own a msi mpower and find it to be very solid. i bought the board based of its ratings and known dependability. i also like the ease of updating drivers and bios with the included software.
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i dont really think you can go wrong with either board. theres club's for both of them on the forums.

mpower
http://www.overclock.net/t/1302731/official-msi-z77-mpower-owners-club-all-things-mpower

i would ask your questions there and decide which board is for you. i own a msi mpower and find it to be very solid. i bought the board based of its ratings and known dependability. i also like the ease of updating drivers and bios with the included software.
There's no issue on updating the bios? Like failures? And did you overclock your mpower? The only thing that's holding me back is about the offset voltage. I don't know what else to do to work around it or just oc and let the voltage go auto.
post #6 of 20
The Gene has mostly the same electrical components as its bigger brothers. therefore you are getting the ROG quality at a lesser price.

I cannot speak for the Mpower as I have no personal experience with it.

The Gene also has very easy bios updating and other stuff but just reading recently asus's customer service is pretty bad.

where as msi's is actually pretty good so its really up to you.


Both boards are solid and you will get your fullest OC potential on both boards.
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Gene has the worst VRM out of 4, but all of them are more than capable of very high clocks. Some people also buy Gigabyte boards to build Hackintosh because it's just a breeze. Not sure about any other manufacturer. Also not sure about Mac OS support for PCI-E x1 cards, but you might as well get one if you care about audio quality.

Or you can invest hundreds in an external DAC which will definitely work.
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Gene has the worst VRM out of 4, but all of them are more than capable of very high clocks. Some people also buy Gigabyte boards to build Hackintosh because it's just a breeze. Not sure about any other manufacturer. Also not sure about Mac OS support for PCI-E x1 cards, but you might as well get one if you care about audio quality.

Or you can invest hundreds in an external DAC which will definitely work.
Eliminating the GENE, among the MPOWER, UD5H and UP4, which would you guys go with? Is the MPower worth it over the Gigabyte quality of UD5H and UP4? Thanks.
post #9 of 20
Few months ago I would still go with UD5H. Now since I'm hopefully going to get a DAC few month from now, it's probably going to be UP4 even though I don't like the fact that it misses power buttons, debug LED and etc.

I wouldn't get MSI because I don't need WiFi on a desktop PC, and that's the only advantage of MSI board over Gigabyte ones. UP4 has Thunderbolt, and I rather have that which I'll probably use in one way or the other. In other words disadvantage of having analog VRM, and no offset support overweights WiFi in my case.

As you can see it's a personal decision. Just eliminate on basis of your needs. All these boards are good in their own way.
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Thanks. I'll prolly look onto the features. But the UP4 has ALC892 only on it's onboard audio. but the MPOWER has ALC898. I don't know if it's worth the difference between the 2, it's just that I don't wanna settle for something lower than what other cheaper boards have which is the ALC898. If you can shed some light if it's worth it for the alc898. And also, I saw a post by nagle3092 about doing some kind of offset-like for mpower using the vdroop. Is it a good alternative workaround?

http://www.overclock.net/t/1302731/official-msi-z77-mpower-owners-club-all-things-mpower/1770#post_19093292
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