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Best Motherboard for i7 950

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Hey guys,

I am about to buy a motherboard for my i7 950 processor and I have been up in the air what to do.

Here are the boards I am currently looking at but I am more than open to further suggestions.

Motherboards:

1) Asus Rampage III Formula
2) Asus Sabertooth X58

I also have a question about onboard LAN. I have read that the onboard LAN for the Sabertooth is lacking so would it be best to buy an Intel PCI-E NIC if I purchased that board? How is the LAN on the Formula in comparison?
    
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I would just get a GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R.
 
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post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by Volcom13 View Post
I would just get a GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R.
yeah
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I just purchased a 950 off another member here on OCN and I am going with the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R love my current board and I have never had a bad Gigabyte product.
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post #5 of 9
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How does the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R scale with the other boards in terms of performance? I have no problem spending a bit of extra money for a better board.

Any input on my LAN question for onboard?
    
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My vote goes out the Asus P6X58D-E or P6X58D Premium. the E version is much closer to the UD3R price-wise. Although, in comparison, they are both technically pretty much exactly the same. Shouldn't make much of a difference.
For OC, I think the Asus is better... not entirely sure about that, unless someone corrects me.

EDIT: Although now I see that the last post was 4 days ago.... and that you've changed the status of your build to "ordered". I feel stupid now...
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MSI Big Bang Xpower x58 open box from newegg... check it out, and see what you think for yourself.
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MSI Big Bang Xpower x58 open box from newegg... check it out, and see what you think for yourself.
Big Bang is awesome, i also reccomend the ASUS P6X58D-E/Premium (club link in my sig, you can read there more than you need about the mobo)
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Originally Posted by Twisterman View Post
How does the GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R scale with the other boards in terms of performance? I have no problem spending a bit of extra money for a better board.

Any input on my LAN question for onboard?
This gigabyte board is the best price/performance ratio you're going to find imo and I highly recommend it. Using onboard LAN uses cpu cycles to do work since it's integrated and having a separate NIC will be overall more beneficial, but I don't think it's worth spending extra money on
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