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post #1 of 21
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Ok this isn't a vs thread, I'm not a troll just a guy who needs a new computer. I've been reading the threads and following the Asus and Gigabyte P67 issues for the last month. I am biased, as 10? years ago I bought a Gibabyte mother board that was a piece of junk I lived with for 2 years. Asus has been very good to me, I have one Asus board running 24/7 since 2005.

But when I look at the reports and issues people are seeing with the P67 motherboards I can't help but see that the Gigabyte boards are having fewer issues.

With the Gigabyte it looks like there is a cold dual boot issue if you have less than stellar 5V+ amperage/stability. Folks are hitting incredible overclocks with these boards given proper power and it looks like Gigabyte is betting the B3 cougar point will probably fix the 5V+ vulnarability, I mean a shorting transistor isn't good for any system.

Now with the Asus P8P67 series there are a lot of stability issues being reported, in particular a BSOD while doing mundane tasks, even without an overclock. Some say this is fixed with SP1, but I find no real confirmation.

The Asus boards with the UEFI bios seem to be a bit riskier than the Gigabyte boards which have a more traditional proven history bios.

Now as soon as the P67 MB's appear on NewEgg I'm buying one, and right now unless their is some breakthrough on the Asus side I think the Gigabyte board may be the safer bet for a long term stable motherboard.

Feel free to tell me what I have missed, whatever. I am not a brand loyalist, just want a mother board that will be rock solid stable, last several years, and over clock to 4.3 with all the powersaving features on. That's all I'm looking for here.
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I don't have anything really constructive to offer, just wanted to say that I am in the exact same boat as you. I'm pulling the trigger on either a P8P67 Deluxe or P67A-UD5 as soon as they show up on Newegg but I can't for the life of me decide which one it will be.


I see the ASUS board being offered at a better price point, having better audio and LAN chipsets and offering a few more features in general, despite the stability issues.

On the other hand the Gigabyte board has a beefier power delivery system (debatable whether this actually matters for a SB system or is just a marketing gimmick), has been reported as more stable and if it matters to you is just damn sexy. The matte black PCB and all black connectors make me drool just thinking about it.

I think no matter which you choose you are going to be getting a quality piece of hardware.

So yeah, I wish I had some advice for you but not really. I would love to hear everyone else's opinion on this debate though, please.
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post #3 of 21
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What muddies it is I can't remember the pricing. I was looking at a P8P67 standard for around $160 before they pulled the plug, don't remember the Gigabyte pricing.
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if i do recall, pricing wise the UD3 was around the same price as the P8P67 standard at 159, the UD4 at 189 was right on line with the P8P67Pro and the UD5 was close to the EVO at around 230.

but if i also recall correctly the performance and specs were more like UD4 = P8P67 and the UD5 was comparable to the Pro, although the gigabyte boards were running much more stable than the ASUS boards according to reviews and OCN from what i have read.

i too am stuck on which brand to go with when they all get completely re-introduced, but i believe im leaning towards the sexy sexy all black of the UD5
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P8P67 PRO = $190
P8P67 Deluxe = $230-240

I think the UD4 is around $200 and the UD5 makes a huge jump up to $270

Here, found this at the top of the page

http://www.overclock.net/intel-mothe...therboard.html
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post #6 of 21
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Thanks for the info. The $160 P8P67 std has basically the same power handling/regulation has the $190 Pro, while the UD3 has the same power handling/reg as the UD4.

So now I need to research more about the UD3-4, can't remember if they were as good performer as the UD5.
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There will be a p67x-ud4 releasing that suppose to fix a lot of the overclocking problem you should hold out till then.
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post #8 of 21
My new rig gets here within a week and it will have a P8P67 Pro, simply because it's all they had. They ran out of the MSI which was meant to be going in there.

Will let you know if there are any problems, I use my machines for a vast amount of tasks and if something is wrong I usually find it pretty quickly. lol
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Honestly, I have not had any problems with my Asus P8P67 Pro. I have only had it for a month though. I have not tried any UD series boards. I own a Gigabyte board and never have had problems with it after a year. Both are very good, but you are right, I have noticed more people having problems on OCN with Asus than Gigabyte, but could that also be due to more people buying Asus than Gigabyte.
 
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honestly gigabyte was **** to feathers pre 2007. TeamAU and overclocking team went through 10 of their X48 chipset boards in one day, and after that the whole Team AU worked very closely with GB to improve their boards. GB was very smart at taking their advise, as now key people from teamAU work for GB as technical marketing. gigabyte has come A LOT WAY. Honestly they build better quality boards than ASUS in my opinions.

I was a die-hard ASUS fan for 7-8 years, and now I am a GB only type guy. ASUS just has its name to live by now, and its crazy marketing tactics like sending reviewers their boards and the competitions, and purposely damaging the board's performance. Oh course you have their director of technical marketing gary key to thank for that.

The indian guy is anand form his website. The white guy in the middle that is skinny is from Intel. The bigger guy on the right is from ASUS and he is gary key.


Anyways you can hear him spew BS.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSY7H...embedded#at=27

ANYWays id give GB a shot, or you can go asus, either way its not going to be painless because all the tech is very new. OCing isn't easy either.

EDIT: i was looking for the rest of that video, not just the intro, **** anand why the hell did you do that? gary key made such a fool of himself. Anyways he goes on about how the cheaper board oc better, and then says stuff that makes the Intel guy look at him like he is ******* nuts.

its just funny Gary key used to work for Anand as the main motherboard reviewer. Now they got another guy that works for Anand and he is also very good friends with key and they all have bias towards ASUS. many others do as well.

Let me just put it this way if you really do know tech from 10 years ago.
GB is like mushkin, but with the innovation of OCZ. This only applies to back in the day, as OCZ is now ****ty and mushkin isn't making much. GB has come a long way, and i woudl have never bought a GB board pre X58.
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