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Gigabyte G1 Sniper 5 or Z87X-UD5H ??

post #1 of 12
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Hello guys,

I've recently sold of my rig and i'm looking to build a new pc with the Haswell.

At the moment I have most of the parts bought and I'm now having a tough time deciding which mobo to go for. I've been reading the topics from both sides on these two mobos, but I'm still having such a terrible time deciding now. I thought maybe you guys can chip in a few things on how i can decide between these two.

I'm just creating a new build for gaming and more important have enough usb and sata ports for storage drive/ssd and peripherals. Other than that i'm just not knowledgeable with anything else i should know to finalize my decision between them. I hoped off from Asus on my previous build and this would be my first Gigabyte board so I'm quite nervous on what to expect from them too.
post #2 of 12
I would go with the sniper (I actually plan on ordering one at the end of the week) as, even though it costs a great deal more the audio is much better, as is the support for Crossfire/sli. IMo the color scheme is a lot better as well, biggrin.gif but that's just personal preference. If money is more important than these factors, or if you have a dedicated sound card, I would go with the Z87X-UD5H. As long as you dont mind yellow rolleyes.gif Either way good luck with your build thumb.gif
post #3 of 12
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Yeah, i'm leaning towards the Sniper, however as mentioned on the Sniper G1 club thread, one or two of the posters were having issues with it and getting bsod. So i'm waiting to hear more about how the problems are solved or not for it as I dont want to have to deal with random BSODS once i installed all the parts and find out that some hardware have incompatibility or having to wait weeks or months for solutions to fix it.
post #4 of 12
I saw that too, but it seems to be the wifi drivers, I only ever use wired so I hope that I won't have that issue *fingers crossed*
post #5 of 12
Both are pretty expensive boards, albeit excellent choices. However, you kind of need to read through the features and think to yourself what you need and what you are willing to pay for. If it's basic overclocking you're worried about a lot cheaper board will do too.

The Z87 board line up is pretty good and you will have hard time finding a bad board out of the bunch, regardless the price point.
post #6 of 12
I only pay for what I actually need. Saying that I would never even consider Sniper 5. Its only benefits over UD5H are audio, 4-way SLI support, and better MOSFETs (which are overkill on either boards anyway).

So basically if you don't need 3/4-way SLI support, save yourself some money, and if you want better audio, you can get a very good sound card or a decent DAC for $200.
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I am considering the m5 in my selection of a micro atx board, that said 400 dollars for the full atx version seems very steep unless your doing three or four way graphics cards.
post #8 of 12
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Thanks guys for the advice!

Now my decision is starting to clear up and it seems that maybe the G1 might not be the one I should be spending on then.

I guess the reason why I was so into leaning towards the G1 because of the SLI support was 16x/16x ? (read somewhere on the G1 manual from Gigabyte). Is there actually any performance differences with lane speeds now? (I'm going 780 SLI). I still have my asus xonar stx and I definitely will be using it over the mobo's. If performance wise isn't much a difference with 16x/16x on G1 and 8x/8x for the UD5H, then I'd rather save money and get the UD5H instead.
post #9 of 12
X8/X8 is just fine. In order to achieve X16/X16 Z87 boards use PLX chip. It increases the bandwidth, but also increases latency. Therefore, you only need PLX for 3+ GPU configurations, so you can run them at x16/X8/X8, or X8/X8/X8/X8.
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post #10 of 12
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Thanks Dexel,

that pretty much sums up most of my worries. It looks like i'll be going for the UD5H instead, also another question what would be the advisable RAMs I should get for that motherboard though? Let say I'm just going to try and OC it to 4.5-4.6ghz, would a 1866 or 2133 be optimal for it? Or would it be best that i use 1600s , I'm not really looking for performance or the best, I'm also new to Gigabyte boards and overclocking on it. I would prefer a much stable PC when gaming then rather deal with BSODS later on because of memory timings and such.
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