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June 12, 2013 5:58:47 PM

I am in the process of ordering parts for a custom rig and the primary purpose will be gaming, but I will also be doing a large amount of video editing and simulations. I have narrowed the mobo choice to the Maximus VI hero(which I prefer) and the sabertooth z87, but I am weary of dust/dirt infiltration and the reliability of the ROG hero mobo. I would love a mobo that can last 5 or more years since I take extreme care of my parts (qeekly cleaning, filtering, updates, etc.) I have some background with the previous sabertooth z77 and found it reliable, but not as efficient as an ROG board. Is the "tuf armor" worth it? Is the dust and dirt filter enough to coax me into this board? The 5 year warranty of the sabertooth z87 and the reliability of the asus Tuf series may be what I'm looking for, but I really don't appreciate its gaming proclivity. Please offer some feedback and which one would be best for my pursuits...
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June 12, 2013 6:05:35 PM

niether. the plastic armor traps dust as you have to use the included fans and it also increases the motherboard temperature. if thermal plastic armor really worked, everyone else would be using it

a good board would be the gigabyte z87x-ud3h. much cheaper and has better quality VRMs for a much cheaper price. 5 year warranty isnt a major selling point when it costs 100 dollars more
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June 12, 2013 6:05:47 PM

Those are both bad motherboards for their price, IMO... either go an extra $50 or so and get a motherboard which really has extra functionality (which I don't recommend unless you're running tri-SLI) or go down to something like a Gigabyte UD3H, which is going to be great for any gaming build.
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June 12, 2013 6:06:13 PM

TheBigTroll said:
niether. the plastic armor traps dust as you have to use the included fans and it also increases the motherboard temperature. if thermal plastic armor really worked, everyone else would be using it

a good board would be the gigabyte z87x-ud3h. much cheaper and has better quality VRMs for a much cheaper price. 5 year warranty isnt a major selling point when it costs 100 dollars more


Exactly the same thing! :D  Jynx ;) 
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June 12, 2013 6:26:59 PM

I would go with the Hero over the Sabertooth, the Pro is a bit cheaper and built well also. I don't any of them are bad MB's for the money, features are not everything a MB is about.

BigTroll says "a good board would be the gigabyte z87x-ud3h. much cheaper and has better quality VRMs for a much cheaper price. 5 year warranty isnt a major selling point when it costs 100 dollars more"

Could you point me to something in print that says this?
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June 6, 2014 8:06:48 PM

Indeed. If you would please point me to a valid, backed up side-by-side comparison of the Gigabyte UD3H vs either ASUS ROG board, that would be helpful. I own the VI Hero and it is an awesome board. The UD3H is as well. As far as which will last longer, it's impossible to determine. As to which is better, it depends on your needs. I preferred a board that had very good audio which did not require me to go and pay for another sound card. The VI Hero and SupremeFX did just that. I also wanted certain things that I would make use of in the future such as SLI, the very easy setup to overclock although I am not an enthusiast that wanted the 4.6 - 4.8Ghz range on my i7-4770K. I run it at stock the majority of the time although I have torture tested it via Prime95 and OC'd to 4.6Ghz stable using the Noctua NH-D14. I knew I would never use 3-way SLI so the VI Hero's support for 2-way SLI was perfect although I have yet to purchase a second GPU. Oh, and a 5 year can definitely be worth it.
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