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Asus Rampage II extreme Or Gigabyte X58A-UD5 which one to choose

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Hi

I have a option to choose between these 2 motherboards, going to be using a 950 i7 and 1600mhz patriot viper II 6gb kit

I have read reviews on both motherboards, but i really want to go with the asus, but i see the gigabyte is a newer version x58 motherboard ( i think) i might of read wrong.

I have bad luck with gigabyte and always the best of luck with asus, and the asus would be 30 dollars cheaper and it has its own Sound card ( hate onboard ****ty sound), i have had lots of boards die on me (gigabyte).

Would be using phase change and will be taking all precautionary methods to prevent condensation (art eraser) (dielectric grease in socket) etc.

Would like some input on which board to go with, from what i read i concluded the asus is the better option, cause im going to be pushing a 950 which can do 4ghz 1.38v on a ud5 on air to its max on single stage cascade and the asus just seems better suited.

Merry Xmas to all and thankyou in advance for the input
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post #2 of 28
Go with the asus board MUCH BETTER build quailty, gigabyte boards are built terrible and have been known to catch on fire, is rare of course but still. Rampages are just epic!
post #3 of 28
UD5, the RampageII was a mediocre board from the start.

If we were talking about the Rampage III, that would be a different story

The asus will have just as bad sound as the gigabyte one.
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post #4 of 28
The formula is the right board if you dont need all the bells and whistles. And save a buck too.
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post #5 of 28
X58A-UD5 id take it over the formula, deffinitly over the R2E

Actually gigabyte has better build quality than ASUS, GB actually makes their boards, don't post unless you know what you are talking about.
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post #6 of 28
i disagree with those gigabyte fanboys...go with the asus...it is a solid board...dont listen to their gawking...

the only thing to consider with the rampage 2 is the pci slot layout...can get cramped if you have big cards...
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post #7 of 28
i don't know how anyone can say the Rampage II Extreme had a sketchy build quality, it's, by far, one of the greatest X58 motherboards of the original X58's (UD5, Bloodrage, RIIE, Classified, EVGA X58)
    
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post #8 of 28
About the max bclk i hit on my R2E was 230 so far. And i think that is about it for it on air. Gigabyte i can't comment on as i don't have one. But the rampage is a pretty nice board. It is pretty easy to overclock with. As others have said the pci slot layout is cramped. As i snapped off a few gpu latches on the board because of it. But got a advanced rma and had one in about 4 days from asus.
post #9 of 28
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Will be crossfiring 2x5850's one with the stock and the other would be on the lowest pci slot, its equiped with artic cooler cant remember what model, but its wider than the card but the same length and thickness as stock.
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post #10 of 28
RIIE all the way. I was able to pull off 212mhz base clock for a 24/7 overclock. Very few boards can say that.

My old RIIE was a beast of a board (I've also owned an E760 Classy, Flamingblade GTI, P6T, and my current RIIIE).
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