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ASUS Sabertooth X58 vs. GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R

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So I'm looking for a x58 board around this price range:

Asus: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131665

Gigabyte: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128423

I found these boards quite similar unless I'm missing something, that's why I posted them on here. If anyone else could recommend another board around the same ~$200 price range that would be great as well.

Thanks
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Can't really say much for the Sabertooth, but my UD3R is coming up to a year old, and it's never missed a beat. Love it.
    
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Both boards are great. It pretty much comes down to brand preference.
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I was debating between those 2 too and I concluded my decision with the UD3R. Never looked back
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I'd definitely go with the Gigabyte. I have a friend who's selling a brand new in box Sabertooth in box for $140 though; since they're budget boards, you might want to consider what you can get for cheapest, since you can really get a lot.
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There's this ASUS Rampage III Formula Open Box: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813131666R

It's for only $225, but I have never bought an open-box item before.
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There's this ASUS Rampage III Formula Open Box: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813131666R

It's for only $225, but I have never bought an open-box item before.
Looks good; they're usually as good as new but had some noob who couldn't figure out how to seat the RAM return them. It has the 30-day refund and manufacturer warranty intact.

This EVGA SLI LE was selling for $94 last week.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813188074
$111 is still sort of cheap. Since 1366 is very much an aging platform, it's a great time to get flagship hardware for not very much money. My motherboard was $112 shipped.
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The UD3 has more options for pci-e connections imo. Two x1 connections up the top (1x wifi card 1x tv turner)
Then the two pci-e x16 slots for sli or XF.
Then one pcie-x8 slot at the bottom for a sound card if need be.
The layout is the same as what my UD5 is.
And that's what i had squished in it.
Plus the UD3 has two more sata ports.
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The UD3 has more options for pci-e connections imo. Two x1 connections up the top (1x wifi card 1x tv turner)
Then the two pci-e x16 slots for sli or XF.
Then one pcie-x8 slot at the bottom for a sound card if need be.
The layout is the same as what my UD5 is.
And that's what i had squished in it.
Plus the UD3 has two more sata ports.

The two x16 PCIe slots share bandwidth with the x8 PCIe slots. So if I put something in the third 8x PCIe slot then the first x16 will run at x8. Will that effect performance of the video card?
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I had my 5870 on the first x16 slot then a 8800gtx on the 3rd pci-e slot (x16) and an 8600gts on the bottom pcie slot.
I mostly run F@H though and steam games.
My 5870 is running eyefinity and i didn't notice and performance decrease from having all the pci-e slots populated.
But due note I'm not a hardcore gamer, im mostly rendering and folding plus source games use more cpu than anything.

I actually don't have my gigabyte board on me as its sent off for RMA so i can't run any benchmarks for you, Sorry.. >.<
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