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Which sub-$200 Sandy Bridge board?

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130574 MSI P67A-GD65

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128478 Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131703 ASUS P8P67 PRO

I primarily have 8x/8x SLI in mind, so I've narrowed it down to these 3. I noticed most of the boards below these ones only do 16x/4x or whatever, which is a huge buzzkill. Don't really care about the new UEFI BIOS. Just having trouble deciding between these boards. I'm more after personal feedback from owners of each board about the pros & cons they've experienced. Am going with the 2500k, 2x2GB Ripjaws-X 1600MHz, and a second GTX 470 SOC. And the rest of the build, I'll be salvaging from my current rig. Thanks.
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Pretty much a wash between the Asus and the UD4.

UD4 with beta bios is very stable and boots faster than default, but you may want to compare the max overclocks vs the stock BIOS. (Alt F12 three times at the beginning of POST will swap the main and backup BIOSes, but you're going to need a PS/2 keyboard to get that to work, as even Alt-f12 once (to copy the main to the backup in a flash) is hard to activate with a USB keyboard.
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ehh those two will OC the same, the asus and the GB, it comes down to personal preference, neither BIOS is perfect, both have their stupid issues for those who are new to OCing.
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OCing all comes down to the chip. Just pick the board with the features you want/need
    
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