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ASUS P67 Sabertooth versus P8P67 PRO

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Hey guys im a long time lurker, first time poster and I was wondering which board was better for the new sandy bridge setup im building. Note that im a first time builder, so although I have done a fair amount of research, I may not know certain things that are deemed "common sense" by the tech-literate

The sabertooth and pro seem to be very similar in terms of functionality except with the sabertooth sporting the plastic shroud which is imo well worth the $30 for aesthetic reasons

here are a few differences I found while comparing the 2 motherboards spec-by-spec (compare feature wasn't working) but I cant make sense of it all:

it seems the pro is missing a clear CMOS jumper as well as a few extra heat sensors that the sabertooth has
whats that used for?
But the pro also has an Epu and Tpu switch.
what are these switches used for?

The pro has a 12 + 2 power phase design whereas the sabertooth has only an 8+2 design.I thought this was bad but it seems that the Maximus IV has 8 CPU power phases and 3 memory powe phases (8+3?)
is it beneficial to have 8+x power phases versus 12+x?

Also the sabertooth has the entire overclocking features section missing which contains the following information on the pro's page:
Precision Tweaker 2
- vCore: Adjustable CPU voltage at 0.005V increment
- vCCIO: Adjustable I/O voltage at 0.00625V increment
- vCCSA: 144-step system agent voltage control
- vDRAM Bus: 160-step Memory voltage control
- vPCH: 90-step Chipset voltage control
- vCPU_PLL: 160-step CPU & PCH PLL voltage control
SFS (Stepless Frequency Selection)
- BCLK/PEG frequency tuning from 80MHz up to 300MHz at 0.1MHz increment
Overclocking Protection
- ASUS C.P.R.(CPU Parameter Recall)

So based on this what is better? I will be overclocking my CPU(2500k) and my video card btw

Thanks

EDIT: Added my specs at the bottom in case you guys wanted to know. I'm not building my pc for another month or two so things may change
my budget is about $1600 btw
Edited by Xalexon - 1/25/11 at 4:27pm
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post #2 of 8
looks the same as p8p67 pro it does have clear cmos, instead of a button it's called a jumper!

how else do you think everyone fix their ram issue on the pro?

but i think Sabertooth uses fatter phases lool, well it looks fatter ^_^.

just get sabertooth and tell us how good the thermal armor is after a year, i fear dust trapping
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Welcome to OCN!
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Welcome, the pro is not missing ANY OC features. I would not recommend the sabertooth just because it LACKS the features the pro does, mainly the pcie slots. My pro will oc my 2500k to 5.2 Ghz without a hitch.
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i'd only get the sabertooth if you're in love with how it looks

otherwise there are cheaper alternatives that work just as well, if not better

imo , the best bang for buck mobos are the biostar tp67xe & asrock extreme4, both sell for $150 and overclocks extremely well
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btw im looking for a motherboard that suits my needs (ofc)
I'm getting one 6950 for now and plan on getting a second in a year or two, whenever the price drops and I'm going to toss that into corssfire. Read somewhere that 8x8x doesnt affect gameplay at 1920x1080 resolutions so 8x8x is fine with me

I plan to do a moderate overclock to about 4.5-4.6 with the asus auto-overclock feature. I watched a video on newegg showing them reaching about 4.8 ghz which is great.

im tossing in 2x4GB sticks of vengeance ram, planning on possibly upgrading to 16GB for another 100 bucks in the future if needed

im thinking of putting in a second HDD i have lying around for raid 5

i need a mobo that is compatible with all of the above, and the sabertooth seems to be it!
the pro also fits but doesnt match my color scheme
a small detail i knw, but 2-3 years down the line when I look into my case Im going to wish i spent an extra 20 bucks for a black mobo
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sorry for the double post

but i just read that gigabyte is releasing a uefi for their motherboards.
That was a deciding factor between asus and gigabyte for me and im considering looking into gigabyte boards, but first:

What gigabyte boards will support the future uefi update?
how long will it take for gigabyte to update their bios's to uefi?

thanks
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post #8 of 8
Im trying to decide between the same 2 boards so any more comments are appreciated.

So far it sounds like save the $50, go with the pro and put the extra $ towards a SSD?

Can i get away with the regular p8p67 for $160 http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0354231

or should I fork up $30 more and get the PRO?
Edited by MCImes - 1/26/11 at 10:37am
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