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Both GB and Asus make great boards but I think one reason for Gigabyte catching up with Asus is the great value for money of their mobos. I've never had any problems with Asus but a while ago I started looking for a nice mITX-sized Z77 board...
Just look at the the GB Z77N-wifi - it has tons of features for a ridiculous price. And yes, overclocking is very limited and lack of voltage adjustments just makes me eh-smiley.gif but then again, if you're not a die-hard overclocker and you want something that matches the GB's board featurewise and it says Asus on it, it's going to cost 75€ ($97) more than Gigabyte. thinking.gif
And let's not forget GA-Z77X-UD3H which is better than P8Z77-V LK but costs pretty much the same.
   
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Gigabyte needs to drop the blue and fins an easier color to match
 
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Gigabyte needs to drop the blue and fins an easier color to match

They just move from blue PCBs to black ones and they have orange, green, blue and black boards available. Seems like a pretty good lineup to me.

What they do not need to do is go with the age old red/black color scheme that everyone else is using. One thing I would like to see is them making different colored versions of their mainstream boards. For example make a UD3 with orange details instead of blue. Just call it UD3-O or something.
 
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My experience with both ASUS and Gigabyte is great, I had a X58A-UD3H, was a solid board for 2 years and still performing well with the people I sold it to.
MSI also have a great variety of boards especially the Z77 MPower which is the Number 1 Z77 Mobo IMO.
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post #45 of 94
Nice, good competition; if they have all the nice memory tweaking options like on their most current bios(s) for Z77 but more stable and refined they are good to go for Z87.
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post #46 of 94
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They just move from blue PCBs to black ones and they have orange, green, blue and black boards available. Seems like a pretty good lineup to me.

What they do not need to do is go with the age old red/black color scheme that everyone else is using. One thing I would like to see is them making different colored versions of their mainstream boards. For example make a UD3 with orange details instead of blue. Just call it UD3-O or something.

The blue PCI-E slots and the accents, I'd prefer black grey or black titanium

The blue PCB's were really ugly..
 
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The blue PCI-E slots and the accents, I'd prefer black grey or black titanium

The blue PCB's were really ugly..
What? I kind of miss them biggrin.gif This one sexy board
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What? I kind of miss them biggrin.gif This one sexy board

Sexy redface.gif

Though in a white case it could be interesting
 
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ASUS low mainstream stuff (P8z77-v) costs as much as Gigabyte's mid-high end (Z77x-ud3h/z77x-ud4h). The Sabertooth costs more than the Up5 TH. The z77 ROG Gene/Formula are overrated and the Extreme is overpriced (x79 is a different story, AsRock is a contender there). That's why Gigabyte gained ground, most of the public doesn't know or care about the RMA issues and buys into ASUS' ROG.

ASUS just has a longer history with its Digi+ VRM (P55/x58, P67, Z68, AM3), Gigabyte's Z68 /AM3 stuff was lackluster and fan control is still lacking. ASUS also has voltage targets, which makes things simpler.

Gigabyte has only really risen up in the past gen, x79 notwithstanding. As the article states, Gigabyte still has a mash of apps unlike ASUS which has AI suite (including Fan xpert)
I disagree. My z68 board is great. Overclocks my 2500k to 6ghz easily with only dynamic voltage. When I first set out to do it, people all said "you're board only has a 4+1 power phase and therefor won't overclock very well. It will also probably kill itself". 1.5 years later and it's going as strong as day 1. Plus 3 PCI express slots, pci e 3.0 and UEFI bios all for just over 100$? Fan control isn't that bad, you just can't manually set the fan which is no big deal. PWR, TEMP and VRM control is more than enough for any standard user. The only thing it really lacks is a usb 3.0 header but thats not a huge deal for me. This is only the d3h, the UD4H was apparently even better and less than 175$ for most of its lifetime. Gigabytes driver mosfets are way better than asus' as well if power distrubution and efficieny are a concern.
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Too bad they also didn't include the percentages of returns.
I swore off of Gigabyte boards years ago.
I then broke down and bought a Gigabyte G1 Sniper 3 LGA 1155.
It failed in about 2 weeks, was RMA'd through them and sent back in exactly the same shape with the same parts number label.
Almost all of the drivers and programs I downloaded for the board, directly from Gigabyte, failed due to not being recognized as a Gigabyte board.
The returned board won't even boot up and nothing was said as to what, if anything, that they did to the returned board.
This is exactly what drove me away from them all those years ago and now for the rest of my life.
"Friends don't let friends buy Gigabyte" is a very old saying. Even older than the same saying about Thermaltake.
Both sayings are still completely relevant.
ASUStek isn't the least bit perfect, but I've had less trouble with their motherboards than any other brand.
Personally, I've never had any trouble with the ASUS RMA process.
People should be sure to become an ASUS Premium Member as soon as they 1st buy anything from them.
It's quite possible that that one little thing may be what makes the difference in the service I've received.

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So you're saying the solution to absolutely terrible customer service, and high rates of RMA where they bend you over backwards to actually get approved, is to give them MORE of your money? Then after all of this is done, you're not sure about what happened because they won't tell you what was wrong with the board and what they fixed? kookoo.gif

Their boards are crappy OR insanely overpriced for their functionality. One or the other, there is a reason their budget performance board division is now a direct competitor to their offerings in the same market, because they don't offer good products at good prices, and the price barrier to their solid products is very high.

If at all possible I will never buy ASUS again after having to go through their RMA process for a second time, it just is not worth the effort.
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