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Basically I'm willing to spend $250ish to get as much mobo as possible. So far I'm sold on the Gigabyte P67A-UD5. Question is, can anybody here put up enough of an argument to convince me to get the Asus P8P67 Deluxe, instead?

I'll keep track of any pros/cons I can come up with and update it with any you mention.

Gigabyte P67A-UD5 Pros:
- 3x USB power
- On/Off USB power
- 4 USB3.0 ports
- 2 USB3.0 headers
- 2 pwr eSATA (6Gb/s)
- 20 phase power

Gigabyte P67A-UD5 Cons:
- Only 2 internal Sata 6Gb/s ports
- Not shipped with EFI BIOS
- No bluetooth
- Single LAN
- No Intel LAN
- Capacitors within very close proximity of socket
- No USB3.0 front panel adapter

Looking back over the pros and cons, this is actually pretty tough! I don't care about dual LAN, but I really wish Gigabyte had the Intel LAN. I actually don't care too much about the front panel USB3.0 adapter. But I figured if I got one, I would mod it to convert my USB2.0 ports on the front of my Antec 300 to USB3.0.
Edited by cmeeks - 1/7/11 at 7:59am
    
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Gigabyte doesn't have Uefi bios interface and no blue tooth included in the mother board.
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Or you could get a real motherboard:

http://www.guru3d.com/news/foxconn-q...-motherboard-/
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Originally Posted by Dopamin3 View Post
Or you could get a real motherboard:

http://www.guru3d.com/news/foxconn-q...-motherboard-/
IDE port ??? Decent looking board otherwise.

As for Asus, I don't see myself using Asus' bluetooth for anything. Gigabyte should have EFI BIOS soon, not to mention reports so far seem to conclude that Asus EFI BIOS is still rather buggy.
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Gigabyte doesn't have Uefi bios interface and no blue tooth included in the mother board.
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get a p8p67 pro instead. it has everything ud5 has and more. and its cheaper too.
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I vote for the P8P67 Deluxe. I just purchased one online.
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Power - GB UD5 20 phase - Asus (Deluxe) 16+2 phases - Asus (Pro) 12+2 phase
EUFI - GB capable waiting to release till bugs worked out (current tried and true) - Asus only EUFI buggy as ****
RAM - same up to 2133, some other vednros only up to 1866
Audio - UD5 and Deluxe 889 same - Pro actually better HD quality with 892
LAN - UD5 Realtek but still 1Gbps - Deluxe Realtek and Intel 1Gbps - Pro Intel 1Gbps (NOTE ALL NIC Run across PCI Express Bus, so kind of immaterial)

Those are the most things of note, other than USB count Deluxe give u ability for 2 in front, via a 3.5 adapter.

Cost and power phase this is where it gets interesting. Better phase normally indicates better OC ability. So take it from there, to get as good or better than the UD5 for phase, you have to look at RoG. Then do u really want to drop $350-400 on a mainstream board?
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post #8 of 13
Save yourself some cash and get the cheapest Asus or Gigabyte P67 MB. You could also use the money you save to get a better video card giving you better overall performance for the same price. You'll probably never use the features you're missing anyway or does that sound stupid?

Got the RealtekALC892 sound on my board, sound quality is OK but not as good as my previous board.

Both Asus and Gigabyte make good quality boards. Sounds like you're leaning towards the UD5 which would be a good choice.
Edited by Ding Chavez - 1/7/11 at 8:06am
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I'm not overly concerned with saving $50ish right now. I understand that what you get for the $50 isn't really a $50 value, but a mobo is sort of a one time purchase for a long time. I'm not too worried about saving a few bucks now because it will not be until Kepler GPUs are released that I make any other upgrades.

I did a quick google search and read somewhere that the Intel NIC was significantly better than the realtek... though it probably doesn't improve actual internet speed as that's already limited, but probably applies to network transfers instead. Both the Deluxe and the UD5 have more than enough phases, but the 20 on the UD5 is a bonus I guess. I hope it doesn't just mean they're crappier quality.
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What board has the best phase?
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