The primary use of the PC will be gaming & I don't plan to SLI/CF. I will be running 2 HDDs in RAID 0 so the two 'Speed HDD' SATA ports on the Asus looked useful although I don't know if they actually make any difference. The EVGA looked nice as it would mean I could use my TRUE without having to buy any other mounting bracket as the board supports 775 coolers.
I am also somewhat of an amateur modder & am going for a black & red theme in this build which partly contributed to my choices above. I would also like to know if the mATX form factor has much effect on overclocking as I figure with things closer together it might run a bit hotter?
I am really 50/50 between the two. One day I prefer the EVGA and the next the Asus. Please help me make up my mind.
I will be buying in a few weeks so I have time to wait for potential boards with USB3.0 etc, although I can't afford much for the mobo than, basically the price range of the two linked above.
I am also open to suggestions of other boards however would like to stick with boards with a red/black theme. I was looking at a foxconn board a while ago but it didn't appear to have RAID support which I thought was utterly abysmal so gave up.
My vote goes for the Asus maximus III, mainly because thats the board im using and I love it. Cant speak on the evga board but the asus board is soo easy to overlcock and has an insane amount of features. I have the i7 860 and the highest speed i have hit so far is 3.9ghz, but i havent really tried messing around with the settings to much.
The Memperfect feature is really nice it will torture test your memory in the bios and find out what the limits for your memory speed/timmings are and also the optimal settings for your memory.
You also might want to look at the GA-P55-UD6 board as from what ive seen on benchmark sites overclocks really well. And just might help you reach that 4ghz that your looking for.