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see question in title, which one is the best? all of them (the highend ones) advertise with highend onboard soundcards,
are there really any big differences?
Edited by malaki - 6/3/13 at 4:28am

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Not sure what Asus has on the ROG boards but I've been looking at the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 5 (full size) and the GIGABYTE GA-G1.Sniper M5 (MATX) because of there audio itself.. See attached picture and links to there site... I have a pair of Harman Kardon GLA-55 speakers inbound on the UPS truck and I can't wait to get one of these boards..


    
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asus is supposed to announce an upgrade of the onboard sound on the rog vi formula,

I wonder why they would upgrade something on the formula and not on the highend extreme version?

@Lu(ky the sniper is my favorite aswell, its only that I like the OC force more,
I wonder what the differences are? I guess the onboard sound on the sniper is better, but the oc force should have decend onboard sound chips aswell? it costs abou 100$ more,

I plan on installing a watercooling system, I guess then the oc force would be the better choice,
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asus is supposed to announce an upgrade of the onboard sound on the rog vi formula,

I wonder why they would upgrade something on the formula and not on the highend extreme version?

First of all, the G1.Sniper 5 has the best onboard sound of any Z87 mobo.

Asus would upgrade the sound on the formula and not the extreme because they expect if you are buying the highest end mobo, that you would have enough money to buy a dedicated sound card as well. Users who buy the formula may not necessarily have the money to buy a dedicated sound card so Asus would beef up the onboard to make it a more attractive offering.
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First of all, the G1.Sniper 5 has the best onboard sound of any Z87 mobo.

Asus would upgrade the sound on the formula and not the extreme because they expect if you are buying the highest end mobo, that you would have enough money to buy a dedicated sound card as well. Users who buy the formula may not necessarily have the money to buy a dedicated sound card so Asus would beef up the onboard to make it a more attractive offering.

what do you think about the sniper vs oc force?
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what do you think about the sniper vs oc force?

The G1.Sniper 5 is a better gaming motherboard because it has better built in lan and better sound but the oc force will allow you to get higher overclocks so it just comes down to what is more important to you.
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The G1.Sniper 5 is a better gaming motherboard because it has better built in lan and better sound but the oc force will allow you to get higher overclocks so it just comes down to what is more important to you.

thanks for the help, I wonder why the oc force will allow higher overclocks? is it because of the onboard oc buttons or does it have better heatsinks?
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thanks for the help, I wonder why the oc force will allow higher overclocks? is it because of the onboard oc buttons or does it have better heatsinks?

It has significantly better power delivery and vrm components which leads to more stable and clean voltage distribution to the chip.
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I just wish they had something in middle of $200 -$400 range that has a full ATX form factor. That and the green color lol. Only reason why I haven't clicked checkout on Newegg yet.
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I just wish they had something in middle of $200 -$400 range that has a full ATX form factor. That and the green color lol. Only reason why I haven't clicked checkout on Newegg yet.

i'm leaning to the oc force side too now after the last post of DizZz, I think I can deal with a slightly worse onbooard soundchip and I don't think there will be much a difference in the onboard LAN that I would notice while gaming
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