Originally Posted by Alatar
The TUF line really is just one big marketing gimmick... The boards cost a lot, don't have the features of other asus boards and are sold on stuff like thermal armor which just makes things worse and is referred to by asus themselves as a gimmick.
With haswell you really don't need a high end mobo for 24/7 overclocking so the best bet is to buy a motherboard based on the features you want. Or looks if that's your thing.
I have to agree with this. Seeing as the VRM is located on the cpu, motherboards with many phases are not really needed. A good motherboard VRM is still needed as Although The internal VRM is responsible for the main cpu volts, the VRM on the motherboard must still provide clean and stable power. High memory clocks and voltage would probably benefit from a better quality VRM though.
If im honest, and unless you are trying to break world records or need extra pci-e lanes, then really expensive and high end motherboards really are not needed for most users. Even something like the Gigabyte Z87x-D3H or the MSI Z87 GD45 / GD65 would be more then enough.Edited by South80 - 8/11/13 at 5:50am