GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P is what I am cheering for.
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  1. GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P < By far the better board the other is a thermal nightmare.

    It has an 8+2 power phase design , and a much better thermal design.

    ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 < Is a very very poor board.
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    The only real difference between the two, in my opinion, is their phase design. The asus has 4+1 and the Gigabyte 8+2. Everything else is similar, though I'd say the cooling of VRMs is better on the Gigabyte as well. They both have 1 x16 and 1x4 PCI-e slots.

    My vote goes to the Gigabyte, for potential overclocking capability with 8+2 design.

    EDIT: Bolded, too. heh, Bb
  3. as with black bird I'm no asus fan so I still like the gigabyte choice
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