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post #1 of 11
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ok i will be in the market for sandy bridge in a couple of weeks....so which one is the best board in 3 of them?!
gigabyte is the best for reliability but i have seen u will not get that new flashy EFI BIOS..

MSI has some great O.C features..like O.C GENE nd other stuffs nd lots of xtras

ASUS maximus 4 XTREME ROG has also many features but not sure for its reliability same goes to MSI as well

confused.gif.....SO what do u guys suggest?smile.gif
     
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I'd get the Gigabyte UD7 if I were you.
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Asus Maximus IV Extreme. If you can afford it, buy it
    
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ok here goes more confusions....aaah affordability will not be a big issue....i have seen here many asus P67 owners banging their head here but again the replacements have started to come.....
     
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well if affordability isnt an issue get the Asus! smile.gif
post #6 of 11
If you didn't already know, it will be more than a couple weeks before you can get a fixed version of the Sandy Bridge boards. As for now you cannot actively purchase any Sandy Bridge parts or even processors through retailers because of the recall on motherboards. The Cougar Point controller has a design flaw that causes 5-15% failure on the SATAII ports. So it will be March/April before you can actually purchased a fixed version of the board.

But here:

If you absolutely need SVID then get the UD7 board as it is certified VRD12 by Intel. As for Big Bang Marshal, if you can live with all PCIE slots and will only use nothing but these slots then go for Big Bang. The ROG board will only run one card at 16x, two cards at 8x + 8x and three cards at 16x + 16x + 8x. The NF200 chip is set to be bypassed when using it in single and dual card configurations. So that means you can't run 16x + 16x on one card because of latency problems. I believe only the Gigabyte board does 16x + 16x. But it doesn't matter as 8x + 8x there is not much performance loss.

But best is subjective. SVID/VDR12 + NF200 doing 16x by 16x go UD7 though it does not have a bluetooth module or firewire. So if you need those connections pick another board. Big Bang doesn't seem like a bad choice as it has plenty of PCIE slots and can operate two different videocards Nvidia + ATI GPU. It's good if you swap back and forth from both camps and keeps your older videocards useful. The Maximus does 8x + 8x dual mode, and 16x + 16x + 8x mode and has onboard bluetooth so if you need bluetooth you'd want this board though it doesn't have onboard firewire. It would seem like a good option if you were to want to run something like ATI + ATI + Nvidia for PhysX support. But that's up to you to decide if it is worth it.

Otherwise I'd suggest staying in the Sub-$200 range:
MSI P67A-GD65
Asus P8P67 Pro
Gigabyte P67A-UD4

But if you're looking for just pure overclocking these more expensive boards don't offer much more than the sub $200 boards.
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Once again.....

Asus Maximus IV Extreme. If you can afford it, buy it.
    
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post #8 of 11
i would get the UD7 over the maximus 4 extreme. Both will OC the same, and since you like the OC Genie crap get the MSI i think.

OH and GB is going to change things for their new P67 boards a tiny bit, so you really shouldn't chose now.
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post #9 of 11
Asus Maximus IV Extreme. If you can afford it, buy it.
post #10 of 11
Big Bang Marshall is better than the Maximus Extreme.

"So in gaming terms the Big Bang Marshal takes the win, and that's borne out if you're looking at multi-GPU gaming."

"Now that almost 2GHz overclock should make the Big Bang Marshal completely untouchable compared to the Asus board. We could only get the Maximus IV Extreme up to 4.6GHz after all."

Read more: http://www.techradar.com/reviews/pc-mac/pc-components/motherboards/msi-big-bang-marshal-938904/review?artc_pg=4#ixzz1IGiixH00

I got an email from MSI saying the card will be available 2nd or 3rd week of April.
Edited by carpediem2b - 4/1/11 at 4:13am
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