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Asus or Gigabyte for overclocked i7 920?

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July 8, 2009 5:53:04 PM

Hello. I'm trying to decide between the following two motherboards for an overclocked i7 920 system that I'm building to do home video editing, conversion, etc. I won't play games on this computer.

My two choices are:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131365
ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

or

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128374
GIGABYTE GA-EX58-UD4P LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard

I'm using this memory with it:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227421
OCZ Platinum 12GB (6 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Low Voltage Desktop Memory Model OCZ3P1600LV12GS

I also plan on having one system drive and two other drives in RAID1 for my video editing/conversion. Can I get some feedback on which board to go with and why since they look very similar to me? Also, is one in particular more stable than the other when it comes to overclocking?

Thanks.
July 8, 2009 6:47:56 PM

Personally, I would go with the Gigabyte board. I've haven't read too much on the P6T but the Gigabyte board has been reviewed as a board that is easy to overclock with, both for beginning and experienced users.

In terms of hardware. The Gigabyte board is also has better expansion capabilities. There are 2 more sata ports, an extra pci-express 4x slot, and the 16/16/8x pci-express slots are properly spaced. I believe both boards have power and reset switches built in so you don't have worry about that.

One major consideration is if you plan on using the pci-express 1x slot (ex. sound card), make sure the card isn't longer than the slot. It could potentially run into the Northbridge heatsink for the Gigabyte board.
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