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go for the ud7..i have the m4e and its a great board, but save some money and go with black and gold..has more power phases if thats important to you
The M4E's phases are higher quality than the UD7's, and the BIOS and monitoring systems are MUCH better. You can monitor almost every single voltage on a M4E. And the dual bios feature on M4E is MILES ahead of UD7's. There's actually an onboard switch that lets you choose which BIOS to use, as well as a feature to flash the BIOS without the board being powered on (!!) Not only does LLC at 75% cause vcore NOT to move ONE BIT at 1.5v from idle to load, but also matches a multimeter almost precisely. That's how good the M4E is. Pretty amazing board.

Dual bios control is weaker on UD7, though there are undocumented options for BIOS recovery.
Holding down Alt and F12 as soon as you see the CPU string during post (Must hold them down until you see the system stop at the CPUID string, then you can release) lets you flash the main bios to the backup bios, if you're happy with the main.

Alt and F12 THREE times lets you switch from main to backup (though I'm not sure how you would get this to register, as I couldn't even get a single press of alt f12 to register unless I held it down). Perhaps PS/2 keyboard would be easier.

You can force bios recovery/switch to backup by powering off the PSU switch, then holding down the case button while turning the PSU rocker switch on, then as soon as the board powers on, turn the PSU switch off again. Then release case button, turn psu switch back on, power on with case button, and the bios recovery should be invoked (this is for if the main bios is so corrupted that the board can't even start or recover).

If you have a good PCI sound card and don't want to toss a perfectly good card for a PCIE version, then UD7 is for you.

Look for Sin's review of UD7 vs M4E on xtremesystems (go to the reviews section) forums. He gives a perfect breakdown of both boards.

Asus definitely made a questionable decision by not including a PCI slot; they could have fit one in I'm sure. But since you can do quad SLI on that board, I guess there was no room even between one of the pcie slots? I'm sure there was room on an x58...
Edited by Falkentyne - 3/19/11 at 5:23pm
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Maximus IIII Extreme is the best 1155 Motherboard.
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Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD5 or ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution
Pretty sure that this isn't a fair comparison. Revo doesn't have any PCI slots. It's more like a lite version of the M4E.

Direct comparison would be P8P67 deluxe to UD5, I think.
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They offered a amd mobo, how wrong is that?

Are you joking? what you think reviewers buy their boards?

To be very honest I bought my first GB mobo X58A-UD5 rev 2.0 i did a review because i found that all the reviews on the net were all BS, and well i posted it on XS and here, it got a lot of people excited because they have never seen a review done like that, and gigabyte offered me more boards to review, its something that asus does, and msi, and well all the mobo companies, they offer mobos to select members of forums review for them. It brings in search hits from the search engines. Google P67A-UD7 review, or X58A-UD5 rev 2.0 review, people come to the forums through those links, so actually no i should be getting paid. I feel as if its my way for giving back to the forums from all the help i have gotten through them. Maybe you are just jealous, or just angry, but hey sorry. I bring in traffic from the net to OCN and XS and any other forums i post on, on the other hand do you?

I am done with this stupid argument. Think what you want. Just because i like a company they they give me boards to review i get a bunch of people saying i can't express my opinion, well i like GB boards and i use them, i don't work for GB, and i have my own opinions.
Changing your story I see. First it was Gigabyte offered you an entire Bulldozer SYSTEM and you denied. Now, they just offered you the mobo? Get your stories straight.

And again, if you were a legitimate hardware reviewer that is sponsored by Gigabyte, then you would have to pay royalties to OCN to advertise here (and Gigabyte WOULD ask that you advertise). Not only that.....more than just your own arrogant self would have heard of you before.

Oh, and if you REALLY ARE on first name basis with Gigabyte...tell them they can eat me, and they will NEVER get a recommendation from me again after what they put me through. But seeing as how you're not....I guess it really doesn't matter now does it?

On topic....
It really matters on what features you want out of your new SB board. Just about all of the P67 boards are good, considering its the chip that makes the overclock, not the board. So again, just pick a board that has the features you're after.
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Pretty sure that this isn't a fair comparison. Revo doesn't have any PCI slots. It's more like a lite version of the M4E.

Direct comparison would be P8P67 deluxe to UD5, I think.
UD5 costs a bit more than the Deluxe doesn't it? WS Revo and UD5 are pretty close in price or so I thought.
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falkentyne i didn't write that review, the guy who did got both boards from Asus, as asus told me lol. The phases ont eh N4E are totally different than the UD7, and the guy who wrote it results got torn apart too because his 3D testing wasn't done correctly. Things he said about the VR on teh GB are not true, and he only tested for ripple, which is part of LLC which can be changed on GB boards and has been since. I can show you GB LLC on teh UD7 which on software and DMM is steady just like ASUSes. The guy who wrote that review also uses the UD7for everyday, lol. Read the entire thread over there it is pretty good.

for me setting me up with the mobo is the whole system, as i already have GPus, i would have to ask AMD for a CPU as well.

Um yea i only have to pay royalties to OCN, and not any other forums? that is fine with me i won't post em here then because GB told me they don't even look here, even though my SB OC guide/P67A-UD7 performance review has over 37K hits on this site.

Another thing at xtremesystems, they have a section dedicated to forum member reviews, no one pays royalties because none of us get paid for what we do. Yea a $300 mobo isn't worth 2 weeks of my time it took me to write teh review
Edited by Sin0822 - 3/19/11 at 5:39pm
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Maximus IIII Extreme is the best 1155 Motherboard.
Yeah, it'll cost ya an arm and a leg too. >_<
Edited by Hereticaster - 3/19/11 at 5:41pm
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Asus for motherboards, msi for video cards. You can't go wrong with this statement.

The best p67 board is the M4E, but do you really need the best? Imo, only go for what features you need. If you need just single card support, go with the p8p67. Dual card support, go for the p8p67 pro or evo. If you need dual card support with an extra card for physx/folding, go for the deluxe. Only go for the M4E if your going to be using 3 cards in sli/cfx.
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Yeah, it'll cost ya an arm and a leg too.
Only if your poor or are married and have kids.

I have the UD7 and it is an Awesome board. EFI is coming to it.


Also all the new Gigabyte boards for P67 will have a -B3 at the end so you can distinguish them as the ones with the fixed Intel 6 Chipset.
Edited by BeerPowered - 3/19/11 at 5:56pm
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One more thing, gigabyte send me a $300 board, and i spend 2 weeks writing a review on it, for what? i don't get paid, why the **** should i pay a site for royalties? i am not advertising ****, i am giving the users a look into the mobo.

XS has a special place for forum members review, you post your review there and if the company likes it they will contact you, that is how i got my gigabyte connections. Of course your review has to be good enough. FYi news flash OCers, the LN2/DICE group rarely pay for any mobo/cpu/ram its all provided from asus and gigabyte and msi and corsair you name it these companies give hardware to ocers and reviewers.

lol $300 buck board for a review like mine is slavery, so why do i do it????

Because i truly have a passion for computer hardware, that i think you will find evident if you read one of my reviews. For the P67A-UD7/OC guide for SB, there was no reason for me to write the OC guide, but I did it to help fellow members. Why? same reason i really love computer hardware and i can't afford all the mobos and ram and cpus, so intel gives teh cpu once in a while, gb gives the mobo/from my other review site that i work for/or the even other magazine i write for which all also get my RAM. I love being on the cutting edge of technology, and i love all the free stuff, and i honestly love writing i even signed up for a technical writing course at my local community college!(i graduated from georgia tech 3 years ago, and i work for the federal government now. ) this is my hobby and its nice not to pay too much for it. I also don't need to explain myself but I guess you should know.
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