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So I decided to downsize "Griffith" and sell the Z68 FTW and the Rosewill Blackhawk Ultra.
I was looking at the GA-Z77MX-D3H and the G1.Sniper M3, and the only thing I didn't like was that it "only" uses a 4pin and not an 8pin cpu power connector.

Looking at anything around the $150 mark and it must have SLI/Xfire support.
Planning to put it in a 350D when they come out.
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4 pin plug is not an issue for Z77. It can supply something like 22A (or was it 44?) which is more than enough for every day clocks.

Anyway, what case are you going to use? These GB boards require 5 extension slots to SLI/Crossfire. Asus P8Z77-M and M-Pro ain't bad too, but overall they offer less features.

Maybe ASrock Z77 Professional-M. Rest is pretty bad.
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Do you think the sniper is worth it over the other GB board?

And thanks for the fast response.
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post #4 of 10
Sniper has 6 phase VRM identical to the one on D3H/UD3H. MX-D3H is just 4 phases. It should be fine though.

Also Sniper has Creative audio, so it depends on whether you want those extra features.
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Originally Posted by Jedi Mind Trick View Post

Do you think the sniper is worth it over the other GB board?

And thanks for the fast response.

For the extras the Sniper M3 offers (slightly more phases, onboard Creative Sound Core3D & Nichicon High-end audio capacitors), I will say yes but I just can't accept the pci-e layout of that wonderful mobo (including the Z77MX-D3H).

Both of these mobos are going to give you great quality in regards to design & OC capabilities (site reviews back this up thumb.gif ) but the Sniper 3M is the best of the 2. However, you're not actually missing out on anything is you go with the Z77MX-D3H, especially since you just can't beat the price for it ($102 + free shipping) after 15% off promo code thumbsupsmiley.png

But if you don't mind spending the extra cash, buy the Sniper 3M biggrin.gif
Edited by drBlahMan - 5/11/13 at 4:04pm
post #6 of 10
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Wait, is the layout:
x16
x1
x4
x8?
because that would work perfectly in the 350d! I'll prolly flip a coin tonight between the 2 GB boards.
Thanks for the help.
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post #7 of 10
Yea. There is a gap between GPU1 and 2. The problem is that most mATX cases have 4 extension slots, but not an issue for 350D thumb.gif.
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Awesome!
Thanks for the help!
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post #9 of 10
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I went with the GA-Z77MX-D3H, thought about it more and the extra features, while nice, did not seem worth the extra $70.

Thanks for all the help.
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Originally Posted by Jedi Mind Trick View Post

I went with the GA-Z77MX-D3H, thought about it more and the extra features, while nice, did not seem worth the extra $70.

Thanks for all the help.
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