Asus Rampage III Gene vs Gigabyte X58A-UD3R


I'm having trouble deciding on which board to buy. I was initially going to buy the UD3R but now the Asus Rampage III Gene is on sale for 10$ less than the Gigabyte.

The salesperson told me that mATX boards generally perform worse than full sized ATX boards. But I did some searching and there was no indication that a mATX board is slower just because of it's size.

My question is, what would you guys recommend? Are mATX boards really slower? Will I have trouble fitting a after-market CPU fan in?

I'm just a casual gamer and I'll probably do some CPU over-clocking here and there.

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  1. Best answer
    There is no performance difference between MATX vs ATX. Really, the difference is just the number of PCI slots / spacing. You won't go wrong with either motherboard, so go with the cheaper board... IMO.
  2. ^+1 i agree personally i prefer the flexibility of an ATX board though.
  3. Hmmm, so the performance between the 2 boards is about the same?
    Are the ROG (Republic of Gamers) stuff just gimmicks?
    and the Asus has the SupremeFX X-Fi 2 sound. Would that make it a better deal?

    Thanks again.
  4. The ASUS board is the better board for overclocking and overall features. If you are okay with a MATX board (which some aren't) than you be fine with the ASUS.
  5. Rampage +1
  6. Don't get the UD3R if running SSD + HDD there are a lot of problems that Tom did not test; BSOD and forced shutdowns.

    Rampage + 2
  7. MATX board may run a little hotter if you OC the CPU and SLI.
  8. Best answer selected by specr12.
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