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I may need to replace my motherboard soon (see my other thread: http://www.overclock.net/t/1438602/multiple-problems-with-asrock-z77-pro4). If I do, I would like to get something super solid that will last me for a good long while. I haven't seen a compelling reason to upgrade to Haswell, so I would rather invest in a quality 1155 board, then split my money between a 1150 board and a new CPU.

To cut to the chase: Are the ASUS Maximus V boards worth the money, or are you paying for features that most overclockers will never need? I have also been looking at the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H. I am open to any other suggestions you have, although I do not plan on buying ASRock again after this experience.
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You can get very solid board under $150 like MSI Z77A-GD55, Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H, Biostar TZ77XE and HiFi boards. ASRock has good boards starting with Extreme6, and Asus has good boards starting with P8Z77-V.
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I'll bump it too, because I'm possibly in the market if my motherboard croaks again (usb troubles, not sure if it's the OS or the usb 3.0 ports).

I have the ASUS P8z77-v pro model, the third I've had.

First one the sound chip died, second one was a scratched refurb that I refused and sent back, and now I'm on this one. I hope to heaven the usb ports aren't the issue or I'll be asking tech support for a new board or a check. The asus customer support/RMA service is probably the worst experience I've ever had dealing with anything purchased.

Took months, miscommunication in their records lost the replacement board they had for me, further delaying my replacement. Then when they found another one the CS logs were so long that the techs weren't even understanding my case. A manager had to personally handle my case and I STILL got a mobo with a nicked heatsink.

I was mad after all that work that I didn't get something that looked new, since I payed good money for a new product that crapped out, and dealt with a whole month of no computer when they lost the replacement AFTER i sent my original board in.


I'm looking for a good CS and a reliable manufacturer. I'm not convinced that Pegatron/ASUS is putting out quality chips, the features look great on paper but no sound and now no usb 3.0 is a huge disappointment and a hindrance to my business. That's why I'm about to throw up my hands and just get a new motherboard if the usb ports are in fact dead (no time ATM to figure it out, i spend hours troubleshooting already).

Oh and ASUS apps aren't even proof read in english! The grammar sucks and the user interface looks pretty but is laggy as hell and leaves a lot to be desired. Functionally there is lack of explanation for various devices and NOTHING will work as easily as in their stupid newegg tutorial videos. I got the remote desktop and wireless mouse via phone to work last night, I was shocked. I had to click buttons until the configuration worked though because there weren't instructions and the help link sent you to an advertisement page on their site....

Basically I feel like ASUS is all about image before purchase with little to no care about follow-up satisfaction. Even their driver updates download page is a mess...try sorting through 60 some odd updates in one big list. Not fun. I'd rather have a bare-bones board with adequate connections and do the rest myself. the only good features I like are the fanXpert2 to control my fans, the one-click overclock (modest to 4.2gHz on my 3770k, but it DID work and DIDN'T blow up), and the built-in wifi card.

the rest - sick of it! Really killing building for me considering this was my first rig. frown.giffrown.gif


EDIT:

Turns out a windows update (I think) fixed my usb 3.0 problem for at least two of my ports. I haven't tested them all yet nor the front ports but things ARE looking up, finally.

I had the usb ports go down, then my "good" headphones crapped out on me while I was working, i was beginning to thing technology hated me.
Edited by Figit090 - 11/14/13 at 1:47pm
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I'm in the market as well.

My GA-Z68X-UD4-B3 just died, so I'm looking for a replacement. Was thinking of a G1.Sniper 3 since you get a whole lot of bells and whistles and it's optimized for gaming, which is what I'll use it for mainly. I'll OC my 2600K to 4.5 or maybe more.

My only real complaints about Gigabyte in the past has been that the UEFI was implemented in my old mobo sort of 1.5 years after I bought it. Hence, it wasn't really in a release condition, and vital OC settings like loadline calibration was removed, and I had to reduce my OC a bit.

Anyone know if the UEFI is more complete on these Z77 boards?

Also, I'm open to alternatives to Gigabyte as well smile.gif
    
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Anyone know if the UEFI is more complete on these Z77 boards?

Also, I'm open to alternatives to Gigabyte as well smile.gif

Yes it's more complete, but not finished too. They still haven't released final versions of BIOS with Windows 8 support. The ones on their website are seriously bugged, but unofficial BETAs on Tweaktown are decent. Still, I would like them to support their products long term like Asus, MSI, and ASRock do.

And recommendations depend on what you need, and how much you will to spend.
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I was thinking some high end models, like Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 or the Maximus V Formula.

But I discovered that these boards are apparently E-ATX and my case, CoolerMaster HAF 922, isn't designed for it. Reading around on the internet I get the impression that those boards will fit anyway, since the case is apparently big enough.

Anyone with personal experience on both the difference between the two boards or fitting E-ATX boards in the HAF 922?
    
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