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Boys and Girls, it seems since ASUS is more than likely going to muscle and weasel there way out of honouring my warranty and replacing my board, that I am now forced to have to start looking for alternatives to replace my P8P67 Pro.

I was looking at both used and new boards and here is what I have come across.

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I've decided to spend a little built more to buy something of if decent quality and am no longer considering buying used boards. Here is what I have been able to find in Canada.

ASRock Z77 EXTREME4 - $139.99
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H $ - 149.99
MSI Z77A-GD55 -$149.00 (at this price most are back ordered and most likely will never be back in stock)


Any thoughts or suggestions. With my Asus P8P67 Pro I had my Chip over-clocked to 5.0Ghz. So I do require a board that is capable of pulling off high stable over-clocks. One other thing I prefer boards that include the INTEL NIC not those cheap crappy Realtek NIC's.(yes I am aware the Asrock board uses realtek)
Edited by Nightingale - 1/14/14 at 10:18pm
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post #2 of 19
Guess that budget is driving selection?

If you're comfortable with buying a used board the MSI or Gigabyte Z68 boards would both be fine. I'd give the nod to the Gigabyte UD4 though. I used both and I sold the MSI board and replaced it with the Gigazbyte UD4-B3. It was a smart choice IMHO.

The UD4-B3 was a solid board, zero issues. In fact, I was so happy with the UD4 that when I changed up to Z77 I bought another Gigabyte board, the UD5H.
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Unfortunately, yes there has to be a reasonable budget set in place since I refuse to spend a lot on an outdated platform. I was wondering I hear Gigabyte has two types of bios'd, there old school one and a new UEFI. Some have said the new UEFI on the older platforms is not as good as the standard old school bios.
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post #4 of 19
Gigabyte's Z68 board lose LLC settings with updated UEFI BIOS. Also it was never finished, and not even available on most Z68 boards. Their Z77 boards are more finished though with few issues.

If you want to keep that OC, you would want to ignore Z77 Extreme3, since it will get toasty. You would want to consider MSI Z77A-GD55, Gigabyte GA-Z77X-D3H/UD3H, and if you can find Biostar TZ77XE boards.

Or get that MSI from your list.
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post #5 of 19
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Originally Posted by DeXel View Post


Or get that MSI from your list.

are you referring to the MSI Z68-GD65-G3? I can potential get this for a cheap price.
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post #6 of 19
Asrock Extreme 3 Z77 on sale for 89.99 CAN,

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It's a decent enough board..It took a screwdriver digging into a trace to kill mine. smile.gif

Everything worked,nice BIOS..booted fast.
 
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post #7 of 19
Why dont you try RMA? What did you do to your original board?
post #8 of 19
I am not entirely happy with my MSI Z68-GD65-G3 overclocking on it is easy yes but no real v-droop controll its either low or auto. other than that fairly solid no real issues. ALSO BEWARE OF WHAT BIOS YOU PUT ON YOUR BOARD THEY CAN BE VAGUE ON THE DESCRIPTION IF YOU APPLY AN IVYBRIDGE BIOS THERE IS NO GOING BACK I HAVE BIOS CHIP 1 WITH IT ON THERE BUT LUCKY ME THERE IS A SECOND BIOS CHIP.
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post #9 of 19
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Why dont you try RMA? What did you do to your original board?

All explained here http://www.overclock.net/t/1458844/beware-update-1-14-12-asus-is-trying-to-screw-me-over-with-rma-read-my-story
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post #10 of 19

Thanks bud, just thought id ask as myself and everyone I know uses Asus boards.
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