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Honestly, there's nothing that justifies me buying the UD5 over the UD4. The UD4 has everything that I would use that the UD5 has and does cost $70 less. If I had the extra money lying around, then sure. Most likely, I'm going to need to keep this a bit in the middle so the $150-$190 boards are probably where it's at for me. I am still mildly considering the MSI boards, but I doubt I'll get one. The ASRock boards still intrigue me but it makes me a bit nervous to buy from them when I've had no prior experience with the company. Most likely, it's between the PRO and UD4 for me.

If you don't mind me asking, how do you justify purchasing the UD5 over the PRO and DELUXE but not the UD4? They are essentially the same with just a few extra add-ons. The additions you listed seem quite useless to me when you gauge how much extra you pay for them.
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If you don't mind me asking, how do you justify purchasing the UD5 over the PRO and DELUXE but not the UD4? They are essentially the same with just a few extra add-ons. The additions you listed seem quite useless to me when you gauge how much extra you pay for them.
Not at all. The Asus boards do have some neat features, none of which I expect to use. If $200 is your absolute limit, disregard the rest of this post and get the Asus P8P67 PRO, I think it is better than the UD4. But if the budget is a little more flexible... well then it depends on your needs, but I would argue the UD5.

UD5 advantages over Asus DELUXE
- On/Off USB power
- 3x USB power
- 1 more pwr eSata
- both eSata operate at 6Gb/s
- 4 more power phases
- 2 more USB3.0 ports on back
- 1 more internal USB3.0 header
- 4 more power phases
- Supposedly better USB and Sata performance

Asus DELUXE advantages over UD5
- 1 more NIC
- Intel NIC
- Front panel USB3.0 box
- Onboard bluetooth
- 2 more internal 6Gb/s Sata ports
- Shipped with EFI Bios

The primary thing the DELUXE board has that I would like is the Intel NIC. Gigabyte did skimp out with the Realtek. However, it seems to have no effect on performance according to the link I posted above. I just don't know why Gigabyte wouldn't utilize the onboard P67 ethernet controller.

Bluetooth? No need, I can always buy an adapter later if it comes up.

Front panel USB3.0 box? I suppose it would be nice to rip apart and convert my Antec 300 front USB ports to USB3.0.

4 internal 6Gb/s Sata? I can barely afford an SSD that won't even saturate Sata II. When I can afford more SSD, it will be in the form of single unit storage capacity, not multiple SSD. The two extra Sata 6Gb/s ports on the Marvell controller are better reserved for eSata so that I can have an external Sata III SSD in the future. Of course, if you plan to operate several SSD drives in a RAID configuration then you have a good argument toward having all 4 Sata III ports internally.

I will keep adding to this list as I think of things - I edit posts often, sorry. Let me know if I forgot anything.
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