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Well I'm bored and want to play with something so I'm going to pick up a 2500k.

Now I'm just not sure which mb to grab with it. I went by MC and they have the Asus P67---- Deluxe for $239.99. But not sure if it's worth it.

Kinda looking at the Gigabyte UD3P, it's only 169.99 and from what I have read it seems the mb isn't really making the biggest difference for the oc's.

Or have I just not read the right articles/reviews?

Would really like some opinions from some of the ones that have already jumped on SB.

I think I'll replace one of my C2D rigs with SB, obviously not much point in replacing my sigrig with it.

So should I shave off some of the price or go ahead and try to snag a more premium board?
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Gigabyte UD3P is nice, BUT it doesn't support SLI. I see that you have a FTX 480 so that might be a consideration. The Asus P8P67 PRO is going for about $185 on the internet, and supports both SLI and CrossfireX. The only differences between the PRO and deluxe are: 1 LAN port vs 2, smaller heatsink, less power phases, and the deluxe comes with a USB front panel.
Edited by AtomicFrost - 1/12/11 at 9:03pm
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i would go with a board with the color you like and features you like, most will OC the same. All of them need to get used too as OCing has changed a bit.
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Originally Posted by Sin0822 View Post
i would go with a board with the color you like and features you like, most will OC the same. All of them need to get used too as OCing has changed a bit.
Hhhmm, see with the looks blended with featues kinda makes me throw MSI in the mix also. The GD65 imo is a pretty nice looking and a decent layout.

Oh brother, why do I always make the mb selection so hard on my self.


EDIT: BTW, the mb doesn't have to be from MC in case anyone is thinking that. Heck I don't care if I don't grab a mb for another week.
Edited by rx7racer - 1/12/11 at 9:27pm
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If it's something to play around with and overclock, get something cheap. I picked up the vanilla P8P67/2500k combo the other day. It's pretty much the cheapest you're gonna get and it still overclocks well. All those features of the higher end motherboards might be a waste if it's just something to mess around with.

I sold the combo mentioned above and picked up the biostar TP67XE. I bought another 2500k to test the motherboard out, since I couldn't score a 2600k.

I think the biostar is pretty much stripped of all features but has a nice feel to it. It makes me think it's more about performance than features. Although the Asus did well, I'm liking the Biostar more.

I'll give my comparison on things that I care about. I bought this only to mess around, bench, etc. It's not for a daily rig.


Biostar
Pros

-Debug screen
-Power & reset buttons on mb
-No UEFI fancy bios
-Price, very cheap....
-Allows me to set default page when entering bios
-2x 8pin cpu power, (although I don't know how useful this is)

Cons
-Can't lower bclk on latest bios
-Uses F4 instead of F10 to save and exit bios
-Manual says F12 for flashing bios, but doesn't work. Been told F7 or F8 works, but I used windows since I didn't know
-NOwhere to save profiles in bios

Asus P8P67

Pros
-Simple bios to navigate, once customizing a few things.
-Flashing is easy and plenty of Profiles to save OC settings.

Cons
-No Debug screen
-No power & reset buttons
-Software is terrible, (not a big deal, but wanted to try out blue tooth overclocking on my phone)


For other differences, the asus has more sata, no sli official support, blue tooth, more friendly. The uefi bios is very overrated. I never use the mouse and it's basically the same as any other asus bios with the exception that it looks nice and you can use your mouse. However, it's more responsive and quicker. Hardware monitoring in bios is instant, which takes a very long time on the X58 Asus models that I have tried.

The main bios screen shows a fancy display which shows the time in huge numbers, and some voltage readouts and temps. Other than that it's useless. I changed the settings so that it defaults to advanced.
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Originally Posted by Mikecdm View Post
If it's something to play around with and overclock, get something cheap. I picked up the vanilla P8P67/2500k combo the other day. It's pretty much the cheapest you're gonna get and it still overclocks well. All those features of the higher end motherboards might be a waste if it's just something to mess around with.

I sold the combo mentioned above and picked up the biostar TP67XE. I bought another 2500k to test the motherboard out, since I couldn't score a 2600k.

I think the biostar is pretty much stripped of all features but has a nice feel to it. It makes me think it's more about performance than features. Although the Asus did well, I'm liking the Biostar more.

I'll give my comparison on things that I care about. I bought this only to mess around, bench, etc. It's not for a daily rig.


Biostar
Pros

-Debug screen
-Power & reset buttons on mb
-No UEFI fancy bios
-Price, very cheap....
-Allows me to set default page when entering bios
-2x 8pin cpu power, (although I don't know how useful this is)

Cons
-Can't lower bclk on latest bios
-Uses F4 instead of F10 to save and exit bios
-Manual says F12 for flashing bios, but doesn't work. Been told F7 or F8 works, but I used windows since I didn't know
-NOwhere to save profiles in bios

Asus P8P67

Pros
-Simple bios to navigate, once customizing a few things.
-Flashing is easy and plenty of Profiles to save OC settings.

Cons
-No Debug screen
-No power & reset buttons
-Software is terrible, (not a big deal, but wanted to try out blue tooth overclocking on my phone)


For other differences, the asus has more sata, no sli official support, blue tooth, more friendly. The uefi bios is very overrated. I never use the mouse and it's basically the same as any other asus bios with the exception that it looks nice and you can use your mouse. However, it's more responsive and quicker. Hardware monitoring in bios is instant, which takes a very long time on the X58 Asus models that I have tried.

The main bios screen shows a fancy display which shows the time in huge numbers, and some voltage readouts and temps. Other than that it's useless. I changed the settings so that it defaults to advanced.
HHAHA me too about the BT overclocking. Only reason I installed that crap.
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thx Mike, awesome info there. I appreciate that alot.

Yea, that's kinda my mind thought since it is something to toy with more then anything. And as crazy as it is the Biostar after reading some reviews is where I was leaning due to it being so affordable and still able to hang right with the rest as far as a typical oc which after all is the main point.

Anyone else please share your experience.
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I forgot to mention, that after flashing the bios on the asus, a 2400mhz memory option became available.
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well, went ahead with with the Asus P67 Deluxe, guess I'll see if I regret it when I get back home this week end.
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Originally Posted by rx7racer View Post
well, went ahead with with the Asus P67 Deluxe, guess I'll see if I regret it when I get back home this week end.
I don't think there is anything to regret. The Asus that I had worked well and it was the budget model. Once you have it and are running that 2500k over 5ghz, there's not much to be upset about.
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