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Looking for a board between these 2 choices...which one is better?

Looking for a motherboard for my i3-3220 (3rd Gen) processor. I have narrowed down the list to these two boards, I'm not going to overclock. Could you guys give me your take of which one is better between these two? And could somebody please enlighten me as to wth is Sandy Bridge and Haswell??? Also keep in mind that a SSD SATA-II drive will be used in the system. Thanks and Regards.

GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3H
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4150#sp
Vs
ASROCK B-75M-Pro3-M
http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/B75%20Pro3-M/

Both are the same price for me here.
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  1. zteampro said:
    Looking for a motherboard for my i3-3220 (3rd Gen) processor. I have narrowed down the list to these two boards, I'm not going to overclock. Could you guys give me your take of which one is better between these two? And could somebody please enlighten me as to wth is Sandy Bridge and Haswell??? Also keep in mind that a SSD SATA-II drive will be used in the system. Thanks and Regards.

    GIGABYTE GA-B75M-D3H
    http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4150#sp
    Vs
    ASROCK B-75M-Pro3-M
    http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/B75%20Pro3-M/

    Both are the same price for me here.


    Both boards have almost the same items, both are excellent boards,
    I would go with the Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3H because Gigabyte offer better quality than asrock do, so fo rthe same price, get the gigabyte board and you wont regret it :)

    Also, Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge and Haswell are code names for Intels CPUs,
    Ivy Bridge use LGA1155 Socket but Haswell use the latest LGA1150 socket :)

    Sandy Bridge uses 32nm technology
    Ivy Bridge uses 22nm technology
    Haswell uses 22nm technology

    Get either Ivy Bridge or Haswell :)

    If ive answered your question, please click 'Pick as the Solution'
  2. I would go for the Gigabyte as I prefer their quality to ASRock.
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    Out the two, I would opt for the Gigabyte. Main reason being is that if you plan on overclocking, the Gigabyte supports up to DDR3-2200 memory whereas the ASRock is limited to DDR3-1600.

    The fact that you are running a SATA2 drive does not matter as SATA3 is backwards compatible. Also, the Gigabyte drive has both SATA2 and SATA3 connectors.

    Briefly, Sandy Bridge is the 2nd generation Core cpu architecture built on the 32nm process. Sandy Bridge was release for both desktop and server on the i3, i5, and i7 socket types. Ivy Bridge (which is the processor you've listed) is the successor to Sandy Bridge but shrinking the fabrication process down to 22nm and increasing the graphics performance. Haswell is the successor to Ivy Bridge and keeps the 22nm process and improves power consumption and graphics.
  4. The ASRock has a good on-board audio codec.

    Otherwise both boards are pretty much the same.

    If audio isn't an issue for you pick whichever is least expensive. I've used both Gigabyte and ASRock boards in multiple builds and both are solid brands.
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