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Hello folks,

I've decided on 4670k + Z87 motherboard. Outside of that, the wide array of Z87 motherboard choices and the huge mix of negative and positive reviews for every single motherboard have become overwhelming. I can't find a single motherboard with overwhelming positive reviews - each one poses significant risk and drawbacks as far as I can tell.

Can OCN help me decide on a Z87 motherboard? The information I find is mixed and a lot of it old, so if you had to choose a Z87 motherboard today with these criteria what would you choose?

Criteria: ATX form factor, ~$200 budget, reliability, build quality, and lack of problems with the board are the priorities

Thanks in advance if anyone is willing to give their 2 cents biggrin.gif
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A lot of it comes down to personal preference, what features you want, colour scheme etc.

In terms of build quality and quality of components used, for $200 you can't beat the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC. You get top class power delivery, Intel gigabit NIC, plenty of SATA and USB ports, on-board OC buttons, amazing UEFI... the works.

Gigabyte also have the lowest RMA rate of any motherboard manufacturer according to data taken in the second half of last year.
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I prefer asus myself. Spending $199 will get you a ROG hero.

At the $200 price point Asus/gigabyte/msi all have very nice offerings.

There is info out there about VRMs and power delivery however it just doesnt mean as much with haswell with the vrms on the cpu pcb.

Pick the board with the most features you need.

I have the Asus z87-plus and z87-A both with oc 4670k and the experience has been great with both boards.
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A lot of it comes down to personal preference, what features you want, colour scheme etc.

In terms of build quality and quality of components used, for $200 you can't beat the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC. You get top class power delivery, Intel gigabit NIC, plenty of SATA and USB ports, on-board OC buttons, amazing UEFI... the works.

Gigabyte also have the lowest RMA rate of any motherboard manufacturer according to data taken in the second half of last year.

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I prefer asus myself. Spending $199 will get you a ROG hero.

At the $200 price point Asus/gigabyte/msi all have very nice offerings.

There is info out there about VRMs and power delivery however it just doesnt mean as much with haswell with the vrms on the cpu pcb.

Pick the board with the most features you need.

I have the Asus z87-plus and z87-A both with oc 4670k and the experience has been great with both boards.


Thanks to you both. I guess it's tough to choose based on reliability alone without years of data to go by but the reviews on Newegg/Amazon are so daunting!
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Thanks OP for posting this question because I'm in the same exact situation as you are. In fact, I haven't been on OCN in a long time until my recent decision to build a new box and started looking at the Z87 options... made me come back here and here is your thread! I guess I'm not alone...
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i vot for the g1 siper has allthe gear of the z87 oc ith kck as audio

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Don't purchase any Asus z87 mobo until they fix the RTC issue. It's totally unacceptable that this hasn't been addressed after all this time.

http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?36676-Frozen-Time-Clock-in-UEFI-The-Fix/page12
http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?35490-Sabertooth-Z87-Bios-Clock-Issue/page12
http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?33895-Hero-Time-Clock-Problem/page7
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i vot for the g1 siper has allthe gear of the z87 oc ith kck as audio

I wouldn't buy one of those boards for it's audio capabilities. They seem to be extremely touch-and-go in terms of noise (hissing), depending on the other components in the system.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Oubadah View Post

Don't purchase any Asus z87 mobo until they fix the RTC issue. It's totally unacceptable that this hasn't been addressed after all this time.

http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?36676-Frozen-Time-Clock-in-UEFI-The-Fix/page12
http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?35490-Sabertooth-Z87-Bios-Clock-Issue/page12
http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread.php?33895-Hero-Time-Clock-Problem/page7


I wouldn't buy one of those boards for it's audio capabilities. They seem to be extremely touch-and-go in terms of noise (hissing), depending on the other components in the system.

This clock issue must only affect ROG boards. Neither of my two gold boards have had this issue.
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post #9 of 17
Gigabytes z87 oc gets my vote. Unbeatable at it's price range.
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post #10 of 17
I say ASUS Sabertooth. Hands down the most reliable board out there and has all the goodies you'll need.
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