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Intel i950 CPU - Which board would you choose to go with this processor?

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I am planning to buy an i950 intel processor tomarrow for boxing day 269.99 CAN from a retail store in my area. Price is really nice.

I would like to ask which if these boards would be good to go for this processor if you are planning on making a gaming system

1) Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Socket 1366 http://www.canadacomputers.com/pro [...] _id=028490 $219.99

2) Asus P6X58D-E Socket 1366 http://www.canadacomputers.com/pro [...] _id=030576 $199.99

3) Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 Socket 1366 http://www.canadacomputers.com/pro [...] _id=028506 $269.99

4) Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD7 Socket 1366 http://www.canadacomputers.com/pro [...] _id=028511 $359.99

5) Asus Rampage III GENE CrossFire / SLI Socket LGA1366 Intel X58 + ICH9R http://www.canadacomputers.com/pro [...] _id=032569 $204.99

6) Asus Rampage III Formula Socket 1366 Intel X58 + ICH10R Chipset CrossfireX / 3-Way SLI Triple-Channel DDR3 http://www.canadacomputers.com/pro [...] 0335532200 $309.99
post #2 of 11
Judging from reviews and general opinion, I'd go fro one of the first two. It really just depends whether you prefer Gigabyte or ASUS BIOSes better. Personally, I like Gigabyte's BIOSes. ASUS hides things in weird places.
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From experience and reviews, the rampage III formula definitely!
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Any reason you overlooked the asus sabertooth? It's an amazing motherboard.
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post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by blackbalt89 View Post
Any reason you overlooked the asus sabertooth? It's an amazing motherboard.
I was considering this board but I think there was a specific reason I chose not to get this.

I think it it was because the board is not tri SLI.

I can't remember if that was the reason.

I was really interested in the Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R board and I was going to buy it a few months back when someone told me that there are issues with SSD and raid 0. I guess apparently the raid controller on the board that is designed by marvel has issues with SSD.


So my second choice was going to be the Asus P6X58D-E board but I'm hoping someone out there from experience can convince if there is a better choice out there before I commit to this board.
post #6 of 11
The R3F. Hands down.
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post #7 of 11
It solely depends on if you are going Multiple video cards are not. If you are going Tri-SLI or so, I'd go for the UD7 or the Rampage III. Both are nice boards, but Asus has gotten into my system (figuratively and literally) so my vote would go for the Rampage III. Both are nice boards, but it's just my preference.
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post #8 of 11
I have built 2 systems with Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R boards and I personally find it inferior to the Asus P6X58D-E board that I am currently using. Utilizing the same chip required more voltage on the UD3R's which resulted in lower overclocks.
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#1 Asus Rampage III Formula

#2 Ud5

# 3 the Rampage III Gene
    
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post #10 of 11
I would go with the Rampage III gene unless you plan on running really fast memory because the Northbridge can get really hot with a QPI that is too high.
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