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November 3, 2013 1:51:16 PM

I currently have an ASUS Z87-Plus on my parts list and I'm trying to save some money. Do I need this motherboard for best performance or can I get a lower asus board and not be affected? I plan to overclock and I need to run a few drives including ssd's so i need 6gb/s

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a c 1575 V Motherboard
November 3, 2013 2:02:44 PM

The Plus or the Z87-A would be as low as I'd go on Z87 if you want to OC any
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November 3, 2013 2:13:16 PM

Tradesman1 said:
The Plus or the Z87-A would be as low as I'd go on Z87 if you want to OC any
After many hundreds of builds, I must totally agree with Tradesman1 on this. I've used 15 or 20 ASUS Z87 Plus or A boards and everyone has been a beauty.
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November 3, 2013 2:16:12 PM

Are the difference between them worth the $20?
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November 3, 2013 2:18:41 PM

In my opinion when it comes down to cpu and mobo i try to get the best possible, i mean these are the components that last longer, its not like adding more ram or more hdd...
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a b Ĉ ASUS
a c 102 V Motherboard
November 3, 2013 2:22:00 PM

Having used both, the A is fine IMO unless you want the onboard wireless of the Pro. I do not consider the 2 extra ASMedia SATA ports worth anything, as I would add a card if I needed more than 6. The Intel LAN port is a slight plus but not for the money.
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a c 819 Ĉ ASUS
a c 1575 V Motherboard
November 3, 2013 2:37:52 PM

RealBeast said:
Having used both, the A is fine IMO unless you want the onboard wireless of the Pro. I do not consider the 2 extra ASMedia SATA ports worth anything, as I would add a card if I needed more than 6. The Intel LAN port is a slight plus but not for the money.

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Plus not Pro - two different animals, the Plus is a little better handling heat and OCing and has a couple extra SATA nand USB 3 ports - really just if the PLUS has anything you think you'll need
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