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Sabertooth Z77 or Z77X UP5-TH

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I'm looking for a new motherboard which allows me to use my 2600k's iGPU for light computer usage while the GPU's crunch away from BOINC, so i don't suffer from lag. Currently i have an Asrock P67 Extreme4, and my 2600k is running @ 4.7 GHz.

Currently, the motherboards i'm looking at are the Asus Sabertooth Z77 and the Gigabyte GA-Z77X UP5-TH, but i'm not too sure if they would work for me. I don't really care about any other fancy features as long as i can use the iGPU and read/browse the web without lag.

Which one of these would work for this, and if both would work, which one is the best?
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Both would work good. But i would go with the z77 sabretooth. Just like the armored look. Also, the Gigabyte would come with thunderbolt ports but i guess that may not be a decider. But the gigabyte has 3 pcie 3.0 compared to 2 on sabretooth if Boinc is what you do
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The UP5 is a much much better board, way better feature set, power delivery, higher quality components, you name it.

They are in different price brackets though, the UP5 is a premium overclocking board while the Sabertooth is targeted at the normal consumer who will fall for the silly 'TUF' marketing.

It doesn't sound like you need a board for extreme overclocking, just something that will be stable and allows you to use the iGPU. The Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H is a perfect fit, it's cheaper than the Sabertooth and actually uses better quality components.
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Why does everyone say the Gigabyte is so great on power and VRM ect ect. Just about every review I see of the UD3H and higher the boards run hotter and use power power than the competition that doesn't sell me on efficiency.
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