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Evga 121-BL-E756-TR vs. Asus Rampage III Gene

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September 18, 2010 8:03:29 AM

Hello all i am going to build a new system soon. I want a motherboard that is a good over clocker and a micro atx so it will fit in my new case. I am stuck between these two boards, both seem to oc well, both are in my price range and both are good name brands. Not to mention theyre my favorite colors black and red silly i know but it is a plus. What are your thoughts? Also would it be in my best interest to buy a bigger case and get a full atx or an extended atx board? System: one of these mobos i7 950 and i want to oc it as high as i can on stock voltage. thanks for any input you may have thank you

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September 18, 2010 12:05:12 PM

1) I would go with the ASUS board. It has USB 3.0 & SATA 6.0 Gb/s support and is the better overall overclocking motherboard.

2) As for your case size, it really depends on two things; 1) How much other components are going into it (dual GTX 480's for example) & 2) The cooing ability of the case.

3) I would look at three ATX motherboards at this price range myself... 1) ASUS P6X58D-E, 2) Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R or 3) ASUS Sabertooth X58
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September 19, 2010 9:26:15 AM

tecmo34 said:
1) I would go with the ASUS board. It has USB 3.0 & SATA 6.0 Gb/s support and is the better overall overclocking motherboard.

2) As for your case size, it really depends on two things; 1) How much other components are going into it (dual GTX 480's for example) & 2) The cooing ability of the case.

3) I would look at three ATX motherboards at this price range myself... 1) ASUS P6X58D-E, 2) Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R or 3) ASUS Sabertooth X58



Is the sabertooth a good overclocker looks like a really nice solid board
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September 19, 2010 12:57:57 PM

It is a newer board to the market, so I haven't seen many overclocking results. If it performs like the P55 version, the board will be a very capable overclocker. I see no concerns with this board for overclocking.
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September 20, 2010 3:39:35 AM

Basically what i am looking for is a quality motherboard that i can overclock a i7 950 to 3.6-4.0 and i do not want to spend 400 for a motherboard to do it. The saber tooth is advertised as a solid board but it does not mention any overclocking features on its spec sheets that is my only concern. i thank you for your time
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September 20, 2010 4:14:55 AM

^ Personal experience with all but the ASUS Sabertooth X58, EVGA is by far the better choice in an X58 OC + SLI environment. I had to RMA (10) ten GA-X58A-UD3R and replaced them with ASUS P6X58D-E to solve a SSD + RAID known issue. However, all of my gaming rigs are 100% EVGA and not by accident, and a bizarre recommendation coming from @tecmo34 considering we both build EVGA.

The ASUS Sabertooth X58 is a newer board still with new issues {BIOS}, and for the money I would never buy an X58 that didn't support 3-WAY CF/SLI.

EVGA X58 SLI | 132-BL-E758-A1 $220 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

mATX/uATX 2-WAY SLI
EVGA X58 SLI Micro | 121-BL-E756-TR $180 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case
CM690 II Advanced $90 {great for the $} Mid-Tower {ATX, mATX}
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

+ Everything in between.

Corsair Obsidian Series 800D $255 {great period} Full Tower {ATX, mATX, EATX}
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

In short, a new case that supports ATX and perhaps EATX would be a bad idea, but Full Tower EATX is only needed for elaborate water cooling and 4-WAY SLI/CF.
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September 20, 2010 10:48:55 AM

so in general evga over clocks better than asus in your experience? I understand that in general though why are asus priced higher? Pardon my lack of education in the matter i havent built a computer in 5 years and am semi new to oc
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September 20, 2010 4:38:30 PM

Jrw363 said:
Basically what i am looking for is a quality motherboard that i can overclock a i7 950 to 3.6-4.0 and i do not want to spend 400 for a motherboard to do it. The saber tooth is advertised as a solid board but it does not mention any overclocking features on its spec sheets that is my only concern. i thank you for your time

Here is a review on the Sabertooth... It overclocks nicely!! http://www.guru3d.com/article/asus-tuf-sabertooth-x58-r...

If you are wanting to go cheap, I feel it is one of the better boards with USB 3.0 and SATA 6.0 Gb/s, along with EVGA 131-GT-E767-TR LGA 1366 Intel X58 SLI 3 in the under $200 price range. Here is a nice review on the EVGA board... http://www.overclockerstech.com/evga-x58sli3-131gte767t...
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September 20, 2010 7:04:33 PM

on the high end stuff i didnt even realize the evga 170 existed, i thought the 141 was their top board. thanks for all your help guys. Since i am looking to rebuild soon would it be in my best interest to wait for black friday or cyber monday in a few months? i mean waiting till then wouldnt be a problem I am looking to buy from amazon.com or newegg (prefer amazon no tax no shipping) but my question is do parts get a decent discount around that time?
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September 20, 2010 7:40:38 PM

^X68 is due soon with new MOBOs and discounts are beginning now.
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September 21, 2010 3:12:41 AM

everyone here has been more than helpful i think i am going to save my money for a while and go with the evga ftw or the evga classified 141 assuming it goes on sale for around 300 thanks for everything
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September 21, 2010 8:57:47 AM

Actually i had one more question. This is the build I'm going to put together or something very similar. Motherboard: Evga 141 e760, Memory: cas 7 6g corsair dominators, cpu: i7 950 gpu: palit geforce 460 2gb ram, storage: 60 vertex 2 ssd, and prolimatech megahalems cooler with 4 120mm fans in the case and 40 80mm fans in the case. My question is if the corsair 850 watt psu is enough to power all this or should i just up to a 950 or the 1000 watt psu? thanks again guys
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September 21, 2010 9:37:52 AM

The Corsair 850 has more than enough power, so you are good to go there. :) 
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September 21, 2010 9:51:31 AM

even if i overclock the processor to a 3.6 to a 4.0?
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September 21, 2010 10:29:57 AM

Yes... Even if you overclock to 4.0 GHz & add a second GTX 460, it will be powerful enough.
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September 21, 2010 12:13:30 PM

Jrw363 said:
Hello all i am going to build a new system soon. I want a motherboard that is a good over clocker and a micro atx so it will fit in my new case. I am stuck between these two boards, both seem to oc well, both are in my price range and both are good name brands. Not to mention theyre my favorite colors black and red silly i know but it is a plus. What are your thoughts? Also would it be in my best interest to buy a bigger case and get a full atx or an extended atx board? System: one of these mobos i7 950 and i want to oc it as high as i can on stock voltage. thanks for any input you may have thank you



Can you get that Rampage III Genes Embedded!
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September 21, 2010 8:28:29 PM

tecmo and jaquith cant thank you two enough for putting up with my noobness and answering my questions thank you
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September 21, 2010 8:58:46 PM

Jrw363 said:
tecmo and jaquith cant thank you two enough for putting up with my noobness and answering my questions thank you

Not a problem... that is what we are here for :) 
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September 28, 2010 7:44:01 AM

does anyone know by chance if the asus sabertooth can handle 2 way sli from the new huge video cards? or do they cover the pci slot
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September 28, 2010 10:29:08 AM

Yes, it will support SLI with two huge cards and it will cover a PCI slot & a PCIe x1 slot.
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September 29, 2010 8:28:33 AM

can the rampage III formula and the sabertooth sli at 16x16 in dual mode? i know when u add a third it takes it to 8x on the formula just want to make sure in duel mode both these boards can do 16 on both channels. Also if i go with the formula it will it cover any other slots ? thanks guys
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September 29, 2010 9:58:10 AM

Yes, both motherboards run at x16,x16 in SLI. When running dual cards on the Formula, it only covers one PCIe x1 slot with the second card.
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October 9, 2010 6:27:45 PM

Best answer selected by jrw363.
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November 5, 2010 4:42:20 PM

jaquith said:
^X68 is due soon with new MOBOs and discounts are beginning now.

Um... no. Where is your proof of X68?
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