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ASUS M5A97 R2.0 vs Gigabyte GA-970-UD3P

Hi all!

I'm between these two MBs for my current build.

Can you help me to decide?

I'm aware that the Asus M5A97 R2.0 is currently more "popular" given this price range for AM3+ ($100), but the GB has also very good reviews.

The only real difference that I've encountered is that the Gigabyte has a power phase scheme of 8+2, while the Asus is 4+2.
I have no intentions in OCing any components. So, that difference does really matters?

Thank you!
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  1. Nope, go with the cheaper one.
  2. IDontUnderstand said:
    Nope, go with the cheaper one.


    Actually both cost the same, so what do you mean?
  3. I meant that there's really no difference, unless you hate one brand over the other. Just close your eyes and pick one, you won't regret either one.
  4. Yes, I think it's matter of pick one. Tough decision for me though :P
  5. I would recommend the Gigabyte GA-970-UD3P because of the 8x2 power phase.
    I recently upgraded to that MOBO and it works fantastically.

    But also the Asus M5A97 R2.0 is a very popular motherboard but if you are planning to OC i would go with the GB.
  6. Best answer
    Get the Gigabyte it's a better board.

    Stronger power phase and better thermal design.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $89.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-04 21:06 EST-0500)
  7. ^+1
    The Giggy is the better mobo!
  8. I'll go for the GB then! Thank you all, you've been very helpful.
  9. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Get the Gigabyte it's a better board.

    Stronger power phase and better thermal design.


    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($89.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $89.99
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-04 21:06 EST-0500)


    Thanks for the $89.99 link! It's 10 bucks more in Newegg.
  10. Your welcome.
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