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X58 Motherboard

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February 18, 2010 5:00:23 PM

I am currently on an i7 860, and I don't really like the system. want to upgrade to an i7 930 once that comes out.
I will be water cooling for sure.
I definitely want an i7 930, 6gb of RAM, ATI 5.XXX series card, Corsair 800D and Corsair HX1000W (or any cheaper and of equal quality alternatives).
Hence the plan for water cooling, I want to over clock as far as possible. For now I will have 1 card, might want to crossfire in the not-so-distant future though.
I have thought about these 3, as they are in my price range:
which one of these would prove for the best overclock? or are there any others within this price range that will overclock even better?

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a c 292 V Motherboard
February 18, 2010 6:36:49 PM

Hi newcomer and welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.

The ASUS is a very good mobo, but the gigabytes support USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s at a less price is not a good option, I would get the UD3R, BUT bear in mind that the gigabyte mobo don'r support USB 3.0 when the X-Fire is enable.
February 18, 2010 6:46:55 PM

I'm not exactly picking the motherboard based on USB 3.0 support or Sata 6gb/s as I don't think I will need them and/or have a use for them, or at least for now.
I didn't know about the crossfire and USB 3.0 conflict though, now I will know.
so far I'm leaning towards the UD3R, because of the price.
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a c 292 V Motherboard
February 18, 2010 6:50:29 PM

^Yea, the UD3R is the bet option price/performance.
February 18, 2010 6:59:25 PM

and how about the BIOSes, are they different between the 2 GIGABYTE boards, and which one is most in-depth, proving for the best overclock?
a c 292 V Motherboard
February 18, 2010 7:33:04 PM

Well, the UD3R looks like a solid mobo. I only can see s few differences, like 1 network port in the UD3R against 2 in the UD5, also the UD5 have more PCI-E slots.

I think that both are very good OC mobo, the difference is on the components that have.
February 18, 2010 7:57:59 PM

Best answer selected by mattciupak.
a c 194 V Motherboard
February 20, 2010 10:11:25 PM

Problem with the Gigabyte is that it puts a whack on your PCI-E lanes somewhat crippling your GFX options if you wanna maintain full USB thruput. What Gigabyte does is essentially sacrifice half of its peak bandwidth to enable 5.0 Gb transfers to the USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gb/s controllers, while those with two cards must live with 2.5 Gb/s bandwidth limits on USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gb/s controllers.

So if you have multiple GFX cards....

w/ Asus you get 5.0 GB/s transfers on USB 3 and SATA III
w/ Gigabyte you get 2.5 GB/s transfers on USB 3 and SATA III

Of course you need something that can pump that for it to matter.