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ASUS Maximus Vi Hero vs ASUS Sabertooth (Z87)

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February 13, 2014 6:50:38 AM

Which of these motherboards are best? I'm planning a Black/Red theme, so both fits. It will be paired with a 4670K!

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February 13, 2014 7:02:57 AM

I'd go for Hero as it is from the ROG series which meant for the gamers. Has better overclocking ability, better sound chip and lots of cool features that the gamers would use.

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Sabertooth is meant for people who want better durability like better 5 yrs warranty, higher lifespan of the components etc. it has dust and thermal armor and plenty of thermal sensors.
But in real life these things are rarely needed as a good case with dust filters keeps most of the dust out and good case fans are enough to keep temperatures low. moreover nobody keeps their systems more than 5 years now as technologies are changing very fast.
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February 13, 2014 7:51:04 AM

Muku said:
I'd go for Hero as it is from the ROG series which meant for the gamers. Has better overclocking ability, better sound chip and lots of cool features that the gamers would use.

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Sabertooth is meant for people who want better durability like better 5 yrs warranty, higher lifespan of the components etc. it has dust and thermal armor and plenty of thermal sensors.
But in real life these things are rarely needed as a good case with dust filters keeps most of the dust out and good case fans are enough to keep temperatures low. moreover nobody keeps their systems more than 5 years now as technologies are changing very fast.


Hmm okay. I'll have to buy a Network card for wireless network and that would add a bit to the cost. Would it be worth spending a bit more and get a Maximus VI Formula with the integrated wireless networking card?
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February 13, 2014 8:05:14 AM

Munchen said:


Hmm okay. I'll have to buy a Network card for wireless network and that would add a bit to the cost. Would it be worth spending a bit more and get a Maximus VI Formula with the integrated wireless networking card?


Maximus Formula costs around 100 dollars more than Hero whereas you can get a good wireless network card within 30 dollars in US. So getting a wireless card seems a better option to me.
Moreover with Formula you will not see any performance improvement in games than the Hero.
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February 13, 2014 8:35:27 AM

Muku said:
Munchen said:


Hmm okay. I'll have to buy a Network card for wireless network and that would add a bit to the cost. Would it be worth spending a bit more and get a Maximus VI Formula with the integrated wireless networking card?


Maximus Formula costs around 100 dollars more than Hero whereas you can get a good wireless network card within 30 dollars in US. So getting a wireless card seems a better option to me.
Moreover with Formula you will not see any performance improvement in games than a Hero.

Okay. Would it be better to add a 4770K instead then? I could imagine that giving a bit more performance?
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February 13, 2014 8:44:38 AM

If you are gaming only, I would suggest go with the 4670K. There is no significant increase in performance for gaming on i7. The i7 will be benefited on applications that require Hyper-Threading. My i5 4670K only uses 60% with my 780 Ti when playing Battlefield 4. The i5 will still do 780 Ti SLI just fine. Spend the extra $100 towards a better graphics card.
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February 13, 2014 8:45:16 AM

Munchen said:

Okay. Would it be better to add a 4770K instead then? I could imagine that giving a bit more performance?


If you are planning to build this rig only for gaming then there is no significant performance difference between a 4570k and a 4770k.
But if you run a lot of multi-threaded applications like video editing and 3D rendering etc along with games then 4770k is definitely worth having.
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February 13, 2014 9:07:33 AM

Okay, Thanks to both of you. I will stick with the 4670K since i won't be using any hardcore video editing. Not even sure if I will do video editing, but I guess it's still doable on a 4670K.

And I will be getting the ASUS 780 with the build as well. Paired with a 1440p monitor!
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February 13, 2014 9:09:44 AM

I assume that a 780 SLI setup to max out 1440p 60FPS+
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February 13, 2014 9:32:53 AM

Munchen said:
Okay, Thanks to both of you. I will stick with the 4670K since i won't be using any hardcore video editing. Not even sure if I will do video editing, but I guess it's still doable on a 4670K.

And I will be getting the ASUS 780 with the build as well. Paired with a 1440p monitor!


Yup, video editing is very much doable with 4670k.

With a single GTX 780 and ultra settings some games, specially the demanding ones, may be difficult to play at 1440p. You need to go multi GPU to play them smoothly.

Here's good video of the performance of 780 at 1440p. take a look:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gB9-eIPLzM

At 1080p with a single 780 however lets you play everything smoothly:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li1oj8zp1Qc
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