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Whch is better Asus or Gigabyte? I am not up on current tech and can't decide on a mobo. I have it narrowed down but don't know which would be best. any thoughts on the M5A78M-USB3, M5A78M PRO-USB3, GA-880GMA-USB3 and the GA-880GM-USB3. not sure which is best. I have the Phenom II x4 840T. Thanx
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Whch is better Asus or Gigabyte? I am not up on current tech and can't decide on a mobo. I have it narrowed down but don't know which would be best. any thoughts on the M5A78M-USB3, M5A78M PRO-USB3, GA-880GMA-USB3 and the GA-880GM-USB3. not sure which is best. I have the Phenom II x4 840T. Thanx

I would go with the GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-USB3, both gigabyte boards are the best imo as they both have 8 pin cpu power vs the asus's 4 pin, and the ratings are generally better with the GIGABYTE GA-880GMA-USB3 having the highest overall reviews i would choose that one. hope this helps. they are pretty much the same spec wise across the board.
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That's the one I was looking at. plus it had core unlocking let too
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I just noticed that it is the GA-880GM-USB3. Not the GA-880GMA-USB3. Is there a big different in the chipsets update in the two or without be so little I won't notice?
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I just noticed that it is the GA-880GM-USB3. Not the GA-880GMA-USB3. Is there a big different in the chipsets update in the two or without be so little I won't notice?

On the spec sheet they are pretty much identical but the reviews are different, it has overall lower reviews but still generally positive, but for an older board and chipset its always a bit of a risk, but you should be fine.
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OK I can get either. is one better for OC and for potentially unlocking cores?
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they both have virtually the same board design overall but only the GMA version states about overclocking on the product page and the GM version doesnt but they both have the same power design so i cant see one overclocking and not the other and from what i see on forums is you can overclock on it, i wouldnt go too crazy though because the vrm isnt cooled its all passive and to much voltage and load will screw them over, maybe pickup some vrm heatsinks for them?
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But is the 880GM better than the 78LMT? or vice versa?
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Honestly all the listed boards are nearly completely identical in every way, the only difference is some of the parts are moved a tiny bit, so im just going off reviews, the Gigabyte boards review better and the 880GMA is the highest rated board from the list, outside that the 880GM is the next best. but they are honestly pretty much all identical.
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