Originally Posted by kzinti1
The Maximus. Unless EVGA gets off their butts and actually produce the P67 Classified they're supposedly going to sell. They've never even had a P67 of any sort for sale though. They won't say why and get pissed when asked. The only Gigabyte I owned was a real POS. That was so long ago I don't even remember if it was AMD or Intel. What they're producing now could be the best there ever will be for all I know. AFAIK, Gigabyte will not be using the new UEFI BIOS so that would kill the deal for me. Maybe. Hell, I don't know! Flip a coin. You'll probably do just fine with either. I hope this confuses you as much as it's doing for me.
Gigabyte boards were awful
about ten years ago. I remember building a system for a friend that had no end of problems when using one.
These days, they're pretty good though. Nice and stable with good overclocking capabilities. My current system is gigabyte based actually, and while I still had some reservations about buying one, I have had no issues at all with it and would recommend them, especially now that they have gone away from the hideous colour schemes they used to use.
I have always held ASUS in higher regard though. Certainly back when I used to be building PCs for a living they were always the most stable and reliable boards with the smallest return rate. I think they've been consistently good over the years and while they may not be the absolute best overclockers (debatable) they certainly make solid boards that are worth the money.
using UEFI on their current boards, it's just that they are using a BIOS interface for it right now because it was quicker for them to implement, more familiar to people and faster to navigate. It's my understanding that they do have plans to upgrade this to a flashier UEFI system in a future update though.
Originally Posted by Johnny Rook
If you are going to overclock your CPU above 5.2Ghz, I would suggest the Gigabyte because it has more phases for CPU - therefore, more stability.
This is not necessarily true. A high quality 8+2 setup is more than enough for adequate power delivery. In fact, you typically only need more power phases to make up for using lower quality components.