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Asus Z97 Sabertooth Mark 2 or MSI Z97-GD65 Gaming

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I have a problem. I want to buy motherboard with digital VRM for my i5-4590 but next year I will change it to Brodwell K. So in this year I will not overclock my CPU (maybe a bit by bclk ) but with Brodwell I will certainly do OC.

Unfortunately Newegg.com doesn’t ships internationally to Poland. So I am forced to buy it in one of the cheapest Polish internet shop. But prices are higher than in newegg and I don't want to spend more than $185.

Therefore, considering the purchase of between Asus Z97 Sabertooth Mark 2 $182,88 and MSI Z97-GD65 Gaming $179.85. Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 7 costs $197.75 so price it’s too high.

I don’t care about build in audio and LAN Controller, because I’m using Asus Xonar Phoebus and WiFi Card on PCI-E. I'm not some huge fan of Asus, Gigabyte or MSI. I just want to buy good and solid motherboard. I am counting on you to dispel my doubts and help me choose a better product. And one more thing. The look of motherboard. I don’t care about it but my wife insists on the nicer colors and looks of MSI – she like “the dragon” onthe chipset heatsink. Haaaaaaa wink.gif

Both (Asus and MSI) have digital VRM but Asus has 8 true phases and MSI 6 true phases.

Advantages of Asus Z97 Sabertooth Mark 2
  • 5 years warranty
  • BIOS Flashback
  • Nicer looking UEFI - matter of taste

Disadvantages
  • No buttons
  • No debug LED - but it has POST State LEDs


Advantages of MSI Z97-GD65
  • Nice look - according to my wife tongue.gif
  • Multi-BIOS II
  • Buttons, Clear CMOS, Power, reset
  • Debug LED

Disadvantages
  • On my last motherboard from MSI (P67-GD65) one of SFC near CPU had a squeaking sound (coil whine). I know that sometimes MSI products have such defects

I would be grateful for any advice
P.S. Sorry for my english
post #2 of 6
Personally, I would (and did) go for the Sabertooth.

I have a Z87-G45 Gaming, and while a very good board, I don't like how it runs the PCIE slots at 8/4/4 when they are all populated. It makes it difficult to use Nvidia SLI (which requires 8x 8x) if you ever want to use the bottom slot.

It is annoying that there is no reset CMOS button on the Sabertooth, but it is really easy to move the jumper for ten seconds to achieve the same result.
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Both are excellent in theory. Go with wife.

I would go with 8 true phases than 6.

But it's a small difference, it's not 4.
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Thanks for the advices. I still haven’t decided yet, but I’ve found really good review of Asus Z97 Sabertooth Mark 1 and Mark 2.

http://www.pcaxe.com/hardver/maticne-ploce/asus-z97-sabertooth-mark-1-mark-2/stampa

Unfortunately, I haven’t found any test of MSI Z97-GD65 frown.gif

Mark 2 and Gigabyte Z97X-SOC Force have the lowest VRM section temperature. This is very good news for me. Considering the fact that I have water cooling system and do not have strong air flow over the VRM


Edited by przemciupol - 7/12/14 at 6:54am
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Oh you were the one researching the GD65 board so early. smile.gif

http://www.overclock.net/t/1490142/z97-vrm-info/400_100#post_22505493
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Yep. That was me smile.gif
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