Originally Posted by CrazyElf
Looks do sell.
I think even Asus admitted the Sabertooth TUF armor was for the looks, but yeah the backplate might be useful. Supposedly the Maximus V Formula has thermal pads on the front side of the TUF armor. We'll see I guess.
I really don't buy computer hardware based on looks, aside from the case. If a part doesn't cost that much more but look nicer, I will buy it, but if it's a z77 sabertooth, which was probably a bit better than the Asrock Extreme6, that's going a bit overboard. This is probably why my rig looks so bad.
I gotta admit, at this point, I got screwed with the Z77 FTW. Lots of BIOS issues. Overclocking was poor too. That and the fact that the Canadian dollar now is in decline to the US dollar (plus we pay HST while many US states have no sales tax) makes me weary. If you love EVGA, I'd wait and see what the first buyers say about the motherboard. I may need an "E" series board (have some video encoding I gotta do), and right now, I'd lean heavily towards the Asus Rampage boards, which have been pretty solid.
Right now we just need the benchmarks. Intel is claiming 10% faster than Sandy E - well Ivy was like ~5% faster than Sandy so I'm a bit skeptical as to why the Ivy E version would be 10% faster than Sandy E. Unless they're releasing a higher clock? Perhaps.
They were selling the Z77FTW for $90 at one point. It was a good deal then, and then never again. No Intel C states, offset overclocking, SATA chipset problems, and a ton of miscellaneous problems that happen to just about every board.
I love EVGA graphics cards, but I try not to have any kind of brand loyalty. I've realized how stupid it is.