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Asus Z97 Sabertooth Mark 1 VS Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H-BK for ultimate durability?

Hello,
I'm have to choose between Asus Z97 Sabertooth Mark 1
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/SABERTOOTH_Z97_MARK_1/overview/
or Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H-BK
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4978#ov
I'm looking for the most durable and easy to clean motherboard.
I don't care at all about aesthetics and don't plan to do any overclocking.
Their price are quite similar, so I don't base my choice on price.
I would only use 1 video card GTX 780, so no need for multi GPU capability

The Sabertooth's advantages are:
-User friendly BIOS
-Excellent Fan speed and temperature control

Main disadvantage:
-Hard to remove the dust that falls behind the thermal armor through the gaps around the slots, thus forming a pocket of dust

The Z97X-UD5H's advantage:
-easy to clean
-gold plated connectors

Main disadvantage:
-User unfriendly BIOS
-CPU's tendency to be overclocked by default
-doesn't offer sturdy backplate like the Sabertooth

Please give your suggestions
Thank you very much for your answers
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  1. Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H-BK < Just finished my build with it a few days ago , unreal board thing of beauty.

    You just press F2 and you get the normal BIOS.

    Only is overclocked by default when Bios isn't updated to at least F5.

    I use Big air so i had a great backplate to use.
  2. well gigabyte by a long shot after 3 sabertooths [990fx] never again matter of never asus again them boards broke it off in me and no way will they get to do it twice

    asus = lots of hype and low on quality [all opinion]

    i'v run most all and as today asrock and gigabyte have been holding there own [more opinion]
  3. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H-BK < Just finished my build with it a few days ago , unreal board thing of beauty.

    You just press F2 and you get the normal BIOS.

    Only is overclocked by default when Bios isn't updated to at least F5.

    I use Big air so i had a great backplate to use.


    Can you send the link for the Big Air?
  4. It's what I call my cooler , it had a nice backplate.

  5. nothing like a nice fresh new build to kick back and say '' yaaa that's sweet''
  6. Amen ^ +1
  7. Does the Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H-BK offer good fan speed control?
  8. you know back to what I said above them asus junk after I seen it was a wast of my time and money I got the giga 990fxud3 took the parts off the asus and slaped them on the ud3 fried it up and ran smooth and stable first boot -- 2 cards 3 sets of memory 2 harddrives nothing ever worked with asus but the parts went on the giga all good the outher parts went on this asrock -all good -- 0- issues my buddy got one right after I got my saber tooth and 2 weeks it went into the trash and all he ever built was asus and he went with giga and now he's all good his final words on asus was ''I guess its time to change brands''

    as of right now asrock and gigabyte is al I see looking at - so far first boot stable is all I can ask and want
  9. junkeymonkey said:
    you know back to what I said above them asus junk after I seen it was a wast of my time and money I got the giga 990fxud3 took the parts off the asus and slaped them on the ud3 fried it up and ran smooth and stable first boot -- 2 cards 3 sets of memory 2 harddrives nothing ever worked with asus but the parts went on the giga all good the outher parts went on this asrock -all good -- 0- issues my buddy got one right after I got my saber tooth and 2 weeks it went into the trash and all he ever built was asus and he went with giga and now he's all good his final words on asus was ''I guess its time to change brands''

    as of right now asrock and gigabyte is al I see looking at - so far first boot stable is all I can ask and want

    Which version of Sabertooth did you have?
  10. I own 2 990 FX Sabertooths Rev. 2 \ AM3+
  11. Best answer
    amd 990fx-- then I go look at the one your looking at and cant see it with all that silly dust collector shield stuff on it mine is hard enough to keep the dust off it with out a collector shield involved and blocking everything else on the board
    newegg shows 2 of 10 dissatisfied in some way

    just looking at all that makes the gigabyte more appealing its open so its easier to work on and look things over so far a better satisfaction rating

    after my buddy and I with 5 failed asus boards its dang hard to look there way

    but in the end YOU have to decide on what YOU want and go for it and hope it all works out with any brand you choose
  12. I too think that the thermal shield will trap a lot of dust over time. A clean but primitive mobo is always better than a dirty well equipped mobo.
    However, I'm surprised by all those Sabertooths breaking down. Asus is usually known for having good quality and one of the most popular brands for motherboards.
  13. Asus is usually known for having good quality and one of the most popular brands for motherboards.
    use to , looks like they go for more sales hype things.. now heres what I got on there support page on it [blank]
    http://www.asus.com/us/Motherboards/SABERTOOTH_Z97_MARK_1/HelpDesk/
  14. found them at a different asus site [whats up with that??] but heres one more thing that I was looking for at first in one month asus all ready 6 bios updates gigabyte has 5 and the asrock exe9 has 2 now what board is having the stability issues here?
  15. MasterDell unselected this answer as the solution July 24, 2014 3:38:06 PM i

    did not know a passer by can do this
  16. Fixed
  17. just thought it was odd
  18. The solution button is for OP and Admins only.

    Thanks for the heads up.
  19. if it were not mine I would not of noticed it was there on sec. and gone the next then seen it was not the op who did it ..
  20. It happens here and there .
  21. SR-71 Blackbird said:
    Amen ^ +1


    Amen indeed NOOB, lol :]
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