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GENE VI
+ (maybe even +++) for the moment, ROG boards are the only ones with an M.2 (NGFF) socket, as far as I can tell this maybe a major bonus as SSDs for this format connector may have lower latency and higher bandwidth than SATA III SSDs. Keep an eye out for the Samsung XP941 and Intel 1500 Pro
+ ASUS have the best implementation of UEFI BIOS?

Gigabyte have the best UEFI right now since Z87, checkout reviews they have redesigned it entirely it's full HD compat. and takes up all the screen with info from the sensor. They also improved on fan control this time you can control all fan slots precisely (only 3 on lower-tier motherboard).

Also interesting on the NGFF, but still price and the usefulness of the additional bandwidth remain in question. It's still something fairly new anyway (outside of laptops).
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Gigabyte have the best UEFI right now since Z87, checkout reviews they have redesigned it entirely it's full HD compat. and takes up all the screen with info from the sensor. They also improved on fan control this time you can control all fan slots precisely (only 3 on lower-tier motherboard).

Also interesting on the NGFF, but still price and the usefulness of the additional bandwidth remain in question. It's still something fairly new anyway (outside of laptops).

I have the Sniper M5, and I am not sure what you are talking bout when you say "Full HD." I can't run mine anything above 1280x720. From what I understand, is it depends on your monitor's native resolution and what kind of input you are using. So it may be HD for some, but not all.

Aside from that, I love my Sniper M5, great little board. I've also got it in a Corsair 350D, so once GTX 670 prices drop, I have room for SLI.
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For me the UEFI is not a big issue, as long as it's not totally dysfunctional. I know the Gigabyte one is massively improved now but HardOCP's reviewer noted the mouse movement isn't smooth and the pointer is too large making it difficult to select some options. Is this happening on the Sniper M5? It won't factor into my purchase decision anyway but it's a little detail that it would be nice to see fixed.
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For me the UEFI is not a big issue, as long as it's not totally dysfunctional. I know the Gigabyte one is massively improved now but HardOCP's reviewer noted the mouse movement isn't smooth and the pointer is too large making it difficult to select some options. Is this happening on the Sniper M5? It won't factor into my purchase decision anyway but it's a little detail that it would be nice to see fixed.

Yeah its not the best, but granted once I have my OC done, I won't be going into the BIOS that much. So I really don't care, its just annoying when you are getting it setup, but by no means does it make the UEFI unusable.
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Oh boy, so I had purchased the Maximus VI Gene two weeks ago, and when it arrived, I immediately experienced the Q-Code 00 problem. The computer would not boot at all. I RMA'ed the board to Newegg, and they sent me a photo of a single burnt pin in the CPU socket which most likely caused the problem. Loads of other people have been experiencing the Q-Code 00 problem, but their causes may be different.

My decision at this point, since the Maximus VI Gene is currently out of stock at Newegg and their policy is that in this case, I can be issued a full refund, is whether I should purchase a M6G again from another site or get the Gigabyte Sniper M5 from Newegg.

I am very wary of receiving another defective M6G. I originally ruled out the Sniper M5 from my choices because I didn't like the green color scheme. At this point, I am willing to work with it if it proves to be a superior motherboard. I haven't heard of any widespread issues with it and it also appears that its overclocking ability is quite spectacular. However, I'm still partial to the looks of the ASUS board and its feature set.

I'd love to get any advice you guys have to offer.
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@superglu, any chance of sharing the newegg picture of the the socket/pin. Im also about to get my GENE VI, so could look if mine came with the same defect.
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