Good Mobo (z77 chipset on 3770k)

I need a good motherboard that performs neatly on all benchmarks and has a good brand name. I have a budget of $250 but willing to extend to 300 if its a really good motherboard.

In short I want gaming oriented jack-of-all-trades mobo.
By jack of all trades it doesnt doesn't end up on the bottom of a list when compared to other motherboards when something is tested like USB speed.

edit: must also have enough space for SLI/CF
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  1. Hi and welcome to Tom's forum.

    Here are five options of the same model and manufacturer:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=50001315+600009018&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=-1&description=maximus+v&hisInDesc=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&AdvancedSearch=1&srchInDesc=

    I would go with the Maximus V Formula, excellent quality, performance and manufacturer.

    If you want another option from differente manufacturer, take a look of this one: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157328

    A more cheap but still good option: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128544
  2. Hi also to you guys (i've been actually stalkin toms hardware for 3 months on a regular basis till i just signed up today lol)
    The reason I had doubts in the Maximus V is due to the limited sata ports -newegg says it has 6 gb/s x6 and 3gb/s x2 but from every other shop in my country(im not from US/CAN) and from asus' site itself it has only 2 6gb/s and 3gb/s sata ports and I plan on doing a raid and adding more hdd's in the future
    So yeah I'm having a hard time picking a mobo since msi has slow usb 3.0 ports, gigabyte is kinda slow on games and asrock isn't really on my trusted brands list considering its now an asus rip-off (these are all from reviews though)
  3. I'm checking the mobo and comes with:

    1) 6xSATA 6GB/s (Red color)
    2) 2xSATA 3GB/s (Black colo)

    Check in the ASUS web page where says "Internal I/O ports", you will see that are according to the Newegg specs.
  4. As the above poster answered it is 6 SATA3 (6GB/s) ports as Newegg says. And is one of the best boards for the price.

    A year ago I would have never suggested an ASRock board, but they have come miles in the past year, and are now a very solid brand. And it is in no way an "Asus Rip-Off" it started as a company under Asus, using Asus engineers, Asus materials, and Asus technology. It has sense become it's own company, but still relies heavily on it's beginnings, and is in no way a company trying to rip-off someone else.
  5. saint19 said:
    I'm checking the mobo and comes with:

    1) 6xSATA 6GB/s (Red color)
    2) 2xSATA 3GB/s (Black colo)

    Check in the ASUS web page where says "Internal I/O ports", you will see that are according to the Newegg specs.


    itzdanielp said:
    As the above poster answered it is 6 SATA3 (6GB/s) ports as Newegg says. And is one of the best boards for the price.

    A year ago I would have never suggested an ASRock board, but they have come miles in the past year, and are now a very solid brand. And it is in no way an "Asus Rip-Off" it started as a company under Asus, using Asus engineers, Asus materials, and Asus technology. It has sense become it's own company, but still relies heavily on it's beginnings, and is in no way a company trying to rip-off someone else.

    Yeah I got a bit too harsh on my on my last reply. It's just that I have bad experience with chinese products-the fact I live in Asia.

    saint19 said:
    I'm checking the mobo and comes with:

    1) 6xSATA 6GB/s (Red color)
    2) 2xSATA 3GB/s (Black colo)

    Check in the ASUS web page where says "Internal I/O ports", you will see that are according to the Newegg specs.

    I seemed to have missed that part. I swear it was 2 last time I checked I/O. Oh well. I guess it's maximus v then.

    Once again thanks guys!
  6. ASRock isn't what was few years ago, now is building very good product for an excellent price.

    Enjoy it the new mobo and let us know if your need more help.
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