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Still has a broadcom :|

No. If you would have looked at the picture you would clearly see it labeled Intel Gigabit Ethernet.. 

 

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Was hardly best value as a Z77 maybe this time if they have sorted the cheapo mofsets and got the voltage reading correct it may be half decent.
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Originally Posted by StayFrosty View Post

They should have just made the PCB black, infact every single motherboard manufacturer should just make all their PCB's matte black, it's not going to cost anyone an arm and a leg and it makes everything look awesome! biggrin.gif

Personally, I like Gigabyte's blue PCBs as well as black PCBs.
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Why would you even bother with this board when the Z87-UD3H is almost 100% going to be the same price while not looking like manure. frown.gif
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Was hardly best value as a Z77 maybe this time if they have sorted the cheapo mofsets and got the voltage reading correct it may be half decent.

I don't know what you experienced, but my Wife's ASrock Z77 Extreme4 and 3570k clocks to the moon, and does so without breaking a sweat. It has a TON of features for the price.

The trade off is that the PCB is smaller and a little flimsy. However, a Gigabyte board with similar specs (albeit a stronger PCB) costs $40 more. ASrock nailed the value segment with their Z77 Extreme4.

Also, I think the Z77 Extreme4 looks quite nice. I like the dark brown PCB.
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I don't know what you experienced, but my Wife's ASrock Z77 Extreme4 and 3570k clocks to the moon, and does so without breaking a sweat. It has a TON of features for the price.

The trade off is that the PCB is smaller and a little flimsy. However, a Gigabyte board with similar specs (albeit a stronger PCB) costs $40 more. ASrock nailed the value segment with their Z77 Extreme4.

Also, I think the Z77 Extreme4 looks quite nice. I like the dark brown PCB.

 A Z77X-D3H is around the price of the Extreme4 and the UD3H is only $5 more ATM.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-z77extreme4

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gigabyte-motherboard-gaz77xd3h

 

What features are on the Extreme4 that aren't on the D3H? Not to mention that the D3H and UD3H look better and have a VRM design that's leagues ahead of the Extreme4.  


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I don't know what you experienced, but my Wife's ASrock Z77 Extreme4 and 3570k clocks to the moon, and does so without breaking a sweat. It has a TON of features for the price.

The trade off is that the PCB is smaller and a little flimsy. However, a Gigabyte board with similar specs (albeit a stronger PCB) costs $40 more. ASrock nailed the value segment with their Z77 Extreme4.

Also, I think the Z77 Extreme4 looks quite nice. I like the dark brown PCB.

Extreme4: Dark Brown PCB, D-PAK mosfet, worse PCB. Total? $134.99

UD3H: Matte Black PCB, LF-PAK mosfet, better PCB. Total? $139.99

$5 difference, and even internationally, the difference isn't all that much either.

Not really even close to $40 difference. So, unless you absolutely have to have a brown PCB (which consequently doesn't fit with any color scheme unless you are insane and want a brown/gold colored build), why would you ever go with the lesser board?
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I'm pretty sure the Extreme4 is the better overclocker. Notice the absent heatsink on the top VRM set on the Gigabyte board.

If you're not overclocking, the Gigabyte board is the winner, hands down. Also, ASrock's included software suite and UEFI Bios are both superb. They are far better than any Gigabyte board I have used to date.
Edited by Mad Pistol - 5/12/13 at 12:32pm
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I'm pretty sure the Extreme4 is the better overclocker. Notice the absent heatsink on the top VRM set on the Gigabyte board.

If you're not overclocking, the Gigabyte board is the winner, hands down.
The Extreme 4 is a bad overclocker in comparison.
The D3H has high quality PowerPAK MOSFETS vs the Extreme4's very poor quality D-PAK MOSFETS (literally the worst you'll find on any Z77 board).
The D3H has a true 6 phase power phase design using fairly high quality chokes and caps vs the Extreme4's 4 phase setup and mediocre quality chokes and caps.
The Extreme4 uses analog PWM too, this isn't necessarily a bad thing but it kind of is in this case.
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I'm pretty sure the Extreme4 is the better overclocker. Notice the absent heatsink on the top VRM set on the Gigabyte board.

If you're not overclocking, the Gigabyte board is the winner, hands down.

The reason the asrock board needs the HS are the dpak mosfets.

And no, the extreme4 isn't really a good clocker, it just under reports the vcore. Lower end gigabyte boards on the other hand? Good for 7ghz,.

To quote sin:
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D-PAKs were phased out years ago on enthusiast VRMs because of their lack of performance compared to newer low RDS(ON) packages such as PowerPAK and LF-PAK when it comes to thermals. They can cause a lot of heat as they aren?t so well suited for really fast switching power supplies such as needed for newer processors. However you can find them on a few sub $80 motherboards and the Z77 Extreme4.
 
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