Originally Posted by yancyv8
This is the first time REALLY hearing any perspective discussion about mobo brands and I want to thank you guys a lot. I personally had no idea about intel and MSI boards especially MSI. I was planning on buying a MSI mATX board for a hackintosh build but I'm glad I put that build on hold. I pretty much stayed away from Asrock until recently just because I never really heard anything REALLY outstanding about it. I usually put ASUS and Gigabyte in the same boat but that's just me.
After seeing what you guys said and reading more, I will be staying away from the intel board. XD
Which asus board should I pick up? I saw the Maximus VI Formula & Extreme in some computex videos but only the VI Hero is available right now.....the formula board look sweet with the water cooling option on the mobo and the OC screen thingy.
How does the ROG boards stack against ASUS' other boards? ex. TUF series and Deluxe (gold)
You really only should get a high end Asus board if you do liquid nitrogen (and really high end, competitive stuff, no weekend ice warrior, as mid-range gigabytes and even msi boards are perfectly capable of holding their own on some ln2) or do extreme RAM overclocks. Asus really does magic for high end ram overclocks at 2800mhz+, stuff that no other motherboard can do, but such RAM costs like $500+ and isn't for daily users.
Asus makes good boards at midrange and at upper mid-range, on Z77 gigabyte did a better job but Asus was definitely a solid 2nd place on mid-range on Z77 (if you want to argue with that I wouldn't even argue against you). You can water cool on any board, asus boards or any board has nothing special for water cooling... now you want a higher quality VRM to push the chip voltages that people do on water (ie because the only reason you get water is because you are going to push extreme voltages, or aesthetics, it'd be stupid to get water if you run a conservative overclock), but that doesnt mean you need a high end board.
The Asus TUF is a gimmicky board. The armor is useless. It's just an Asus PRO with a fancy scheme. If you do a custom paint job in your case and custom modding, it can look really sharp though (that military green modded phantom the mod of the month guy did using an asus tuf was insane). It's basically an upper mid-range, lower high end board, with high end price tag.
Stay Puft says it well in above though. Right now you should be looking at the Gigabyte D3H/UD3H/UD4H, Asus Z87-A (maybe Z87-C for cheaper, that board is very low end), maybe Asrock Extremes or Pros if you trust they got their act together (and honestly im sure asrock is a fine choice this time around).