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P67 vs. Z68

Poll Results: Which setup is better and future proof?

 
  • 45% (128)
    P67 - You don't need anything else
  • 54% (151)
    Z68 - Newer technology is better
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post #1 of 91
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Hello all. I'm looking into getting a new gaming rig going. I'm planning on going with a Core i5 2500k setup, since apparently an i7 2600k is completely useless unless you do a lot of video editing or coding (feel free to correct me if I'm wrong). Anyways, I was wondering if an avid gamer like myself should hold out for the Z68 motherboards or should I just get the Z68s? I heard there were a lot of problems with the Cougar Point chipsets, so it kind of makes me feel uneasy about getting a P67. I'm also wondering if the Z68's feature of both the overclocking capabilities and the onboard GPU processing will be a benefit for an avid gamer like myself.

Also, I plan on leaving my computer on 24/7. I don't know if this will make a difference.

If I should go with a P67, which board should I get?

Thanks in advanced.
post #2 of 91
Go with the P67... Its mainly for enthusiasts...P67 is the best you will get right now.

Plus the R3 boards work perfectly fine, nothing to worry about. They changed the SATA controllers, two 6g ports are handled by the Intel Chipset, the other two 6g ports are handled by a 3rd party controller such as Marvel (ASUS Sabertooth P67) and four 3g ports are handled by the onboard ASUS or board manufacture.

However, the z68 will support SSD Caching and Overclocking the GPU from UEFI*... It will also allow you to use the embedded Intel GPU instead of a discrete one. But thats all a while from now, launch dates are in May 2011.
Edited by mikeseth - 3/19/11 at 6:38am
post #3 of 91
Better? Probably the Z68.
More future proof? None, they're the same socket and future proofing is more dependent on future CPU compatibility.

If you go P67, get the MSI P67A-GD55. I might be biased though... wink.gif
Edited by B!0HaZard - 3/19/11 at 6:40am
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post #4 of 91
Gaming? A P67 would do you more good. You'd be adding in a 590 anyway so there's no need for that IG processing.
post #5 of 91
z68 if you can wait. p67 is fine for most. z68 only has one (two) more functions over p67: Transcoding movies 2x the speed (while using a discrete graphics card), ssd caching.
    
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post #6 of 91
i would go with p67 unless you want to pay more just for ssd caching.
post #7 of 91
The P67 still has plenty of issues, I'm returning my second (B3) board next week. I'll probably be waiting for the Z68 boards to come out before buying another replacement.
Z68 by itself doesn't offer a ton of advantages, but there are a couple things that may work out really nicely. SSD caching probably isn't a big deal if you can afford a ~256gb ssd, but if you're under 120gb, it'll probably be pretty helpful.

The big advantage will be if you lucid logix pans out. It lets you pair up multiple gpu's, not just exact same brand & model, like with crossfire and sli. Then you could use the integrated graphics on the desktop, and that plus whatever graphics cards you have for gaming.
Toms Hardware has a good writeup on the upcoming z68 lucid logix virtua as it pertains to the z68 and a single add-in graphics card, but there's also a hydra chip that lucid produces and some motherboard makers have integrated into their systems. that lets you mix & match graphics cards without utilizing the integrated video of the sandybridge processors.

On the P67 platform, watch for the ECS Black Extreme Series P67H2-A motherboard or the Sapphire Pure Black P67, they're both supposed to be released already and utilize the hydra technology. Almost forgot the MSI Big Bang Marshall, too bad it's eATX, so it's TOO BIG to fit in my case (and there's no way I'm getting rid of my FT-02!)...

Nothing's more future proof than a system that lets you slide your old #1 graphics card into the #2 position when you upgrade. I'd like to add an nvidia card to my system so I can get the physx advantage on games that support it, but also get a graphics boost on games that don't.
Edited by n1tr0 - 3/19/11 at 10:53am
     
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post #8 of 91
wait for BD, IB & Z68 and see how they stack up against SB.
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Originally Posted by x-legend;12787937 
hello all. I'm looking into getting a new gaming rig going. I'm planning on going with a core i5 2500k setup, since apparently an i7 2600k is completely useless unless you do a lot of video editing or coding (feel free to correct me if i'm wrong). Anyways, i was wondering if an avid gamer like myself should hold out for the z68 motherboards or should i just get the z68s? I heard there were a lot of problems with the cougar point chipsets, so it kind of makes me feel uneasy about getting a p67. I'm also wondering if the z68's feature of both the overclocking capabilities and the onboard gpu processing will be a benefit for an avid gamer like myself.

also, i plan on leaving my computer on 24/7. I don't know if this will make a difference.

If i should go with a p67, which board should i get?

Thanks in advanced.

lolwut?
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I'm also wondering if the Z68's feature of both the overclocking capabilities and the onboard GPU processing will be a benefit for an avid gamer like myself.
... and the answer is ... maybe, if you have a board with lucid logix's technology. A cheap p67 vs. a cheap z68 isn't likely to offer much of an advantage. We'll see when the boards start showing up.

It's not gaming related, but having access to the onboard gpu for quicksync can also reduce transcoding times by 2-3x, and we'll probably see that built into more and more applications going forward. Who doesn't rip some of their videos to put on their phone/psp/ipod/etc from time to time.
     
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