Originally Posted by adridu59
Originally Posted by Peanuts4
Can some one translate the vrm stuff for me I looked at Sins chart and the Gigabyte got a 3.5 in on over the Asus's 3.5 but I think everything else was on par with other.
Gigabyte motherboards have better VRM's since they use IR PowIRstages which means that MOSFETs and drivers are all integrated into one chip making it cooler/more efficient.
I recall they have a marketing slide for that:
Gotta love them I think they're the only ones that put up some technical explanations on their website.
Asus is no slouch either.
Gigabyte is better for mid-range, Asus for high end (magical ram overclocks, better overclockability but only on their $300+ boards). The ud4h vs pro is kind of a toss-up between the two, just get the one that is better aesthetically for you or cheaper. Honestly I would think the UD4H is higher quality. Asus make good mid-range boards, for sure they are second best, but Gigabyte really uses above and beyond components on their mid-range boards.
Why are you choosing between ud4h and pro? Why not go for the ud3h? It's a lot cheaper and doesnt have that ugly red.
Microcenter offers price protection, so just buy the board you want, and then go back and get a partial refund when it inevitably is on sale again. I bought my Z87X-UD3H on sale for $124 (vs $129 as normal), and today I went into MC and they refunded me $15 because of a special that expired last week, where it was on sale for $109 (i just printed out the email I had).