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yes its very ugly with the slot color in person, they should have just copied the OCf's yellow slot color or left them black, because they are like pale yellow color ATM. My maximus 6 extreme looks fine though, just get ROG for asus Z87 I think honestly that is what they want you to do so when they reabsorb asrock and people only buy high-end they can let go of their normal lineup and quality.
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Nothing to say really..Belial already covered it. thumb.gif
Historically with Asus..the PRO and Deluxe have been very good..also WS.
but the GOLD..oy..the gold sicksmiley.png
I don't buy mobos based on colors but..oy the gold wth.gif

I know right, that Z87-A looks solid but the gold....

The gigabyte ud4h with red, bleh. They did it right with blue the last 3 chipsets, why change what's worked.
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My maximus 6 extreme looks fine though

Lol how many boards do you have actually?
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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).

A lot of people I've talked to say that they buy the Sabertooth for the looks more so than the raw performance. Truth be told, it's a pretty decent board, although you do pay a premium for the looks and the TUF armor.

I suspect that the Maximus VI Formula will sell quite well as it now has the TUF armor - and I suspect that future Maximus, Rampage, and likely Crosshair Formula boards will all have the TUF armor.
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Lol how many boards do you have actually?
lol maybe 10 or so.... people always hate me I think i know why haha
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Also, one more thing to the OP - I recommend staying away from EVGA boards for now. The Z77 FTW that I played around with had a ton of BIOS related issues. On paper, they looked good, and at the time they were selling for the same price as the Maximus V Formula, but they had a ton of BIOS issues. I had issues trying to stabilize a 3770K at 4.3 GHz; same chip did 4.7 on the Maximus just fine. Sometimes there were random BSODs.

Edit: I should also mention that there were other issues like the voltages sometimes not reporting the correct numbers and I think their temperatures on the BIOS were inaccurate. I got rid of the board so I can't really say whether the Z77 issues were fixed, but judging by some of the things I've read, there's still problems with that board.

We don't know at this point if they have fixed their issues or not. The only thing really that I like about EVGA is their good support.

@Belial
How do you think the newer MSI and Gigabyte boards like the XPower II or the Z87X-OC Force stand up against the Asus Maximus VIs?
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the tiny OC does at least with retail CPUs, i haven't tested the OC Force enough yet. One thing is for sure the OC boards this time do carry certain features non OC boards don't such as higher BCLK OCes which are needed for 4ghz memory.

anyways we don't know how EVGA will do this round they haven't launched any boards, i don't think they will for months.
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A lot of people seem to think very highly about the Gigabyte Z87X-OC and the OC Force. From what I've seen it's a pretty good board, although I guess we won't know without more testing. But yeah I do agree that the OC and "gaming' boards do have a lot of distinction this time around - like the Sniper versus the OC versions for Gigabyte. I think highly of Gigabyte right now for doing this - they've made a distinction between the needs of gamers (ex: the Sniper vs the Z87X-OC).

Given the issues that EVGA had I cannot in good faith recommend their motherboards until the models are proven to be reliable. They've got 3 models coming, an ITX board "Stinger", a normal board "FTW", and their EATX model, the "Classified". I mean from what it looks like they are using good parts, but their BIOS tends to be less than satisfactory at launch.

To be honest, by default, right now, if I felt the itch to upgrade, for higher end boards, I'd lean heavily in favor of the ROG boards, the Maximus, which for the past couple releases have been pretty good. The Maximus IV did have some USB 3.0 issues, but otherwise they've been solid. I also feel that Asus has the best EFI implementation of the motherboard makers. Plus when you get the ROGs, you know they're going to to ship with quality parts on board.

My experience with Asrock is limited compared to my experience with the other motherboard manufacturers. I liked the OC Formula series, but thought the "Fatal1ty" series lacked substance. Even so, I do feel it's worth paying extra for the Maximus Formula (not sure what things are like in the US, but here in Canada, the Maximus sold for ~$40 CAD more). Maybe I've become an ROG fanboy. That said, there are boards with unique features, the Extreme 11 X79 I think was one of the few boards with 4 x16 PCI-E slots for example. I was helping a friend build his rig and he seems like a pretty big Asrock fan. From what I've heard, the Fatal1ty branding has become big in Asia so I guess that is why Asrock has made so many boards with it.
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