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Is an ASUS Sabertooth overkill for an i5 3570k?

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January 17, 2013 1:36:09 AM

I am trying to design a gaming system with an i5 3570k, and I want to know if an ASUS z77 Sabertooth will be overkill for it and whether it will have any significant advantages over a more price efficient ASRock Z77 Extreme4. I might do some overclocking but I honestly have a hard time figuring out just how much of an impact a higher end motherboard will have. Thanks for the input!

This is the system so far, feel free to comment on the build and whether there are any flaws:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xXVJ
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xXVJ/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xXVJ/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($29.98 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($124.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($87.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($178.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 670 2GB Video Card ($353.48 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Rosewill THOR V2 ATX Full Tower Case ($124.98 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Cooler Master Silent Pro M 600W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($105.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS247H-P 23.6" Monitor ($159.99 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Keyboard: Microsoft SIDEWINDER X4 Wired Gaming Keyboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Razer RZ01-00152400-R3M1 Wired Optical Mouse ($47.99 @ Best Buy)
Total: $1654.29
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-16 22:31 EST-0500)

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January 18, 2013 1:29:17 PM

You'll get very little benefits for a much pricier motherboard. The ASrock is way better for the price, especially since it's MOSFETS are in a reliable 4+2 configuration and it has 2 4-pin CPU power connectors.
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January 18, 2013 3:25:24 PM

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January 19, 2013 4:47:54 AM

I could not disagree more. The Sabertooth is a great board, and the Asrock BIOS pales to the Asus BIOS ... it's the easiest one I have ever worked with .... an opinion which is echoed in most reviews.

http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/asus_sabertooth_z7...
http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/04/20/asus_sabertoo...

The auto tuning tools in the Asus BIOS are the best I have used and while I dont "walk away" after playing with them, they do give me nice starting points. I still do a manual final setup but those starting points save me a lot of time.....again a position and procedure echoed by many reviewers as you will see below.

Yes, certainly if budget doesn't allow buy only what ya can afford. But if ya have the money to move up to the Pro, Sabertooth or the WS, many will find the extra features well worth the investment.

Personally, I find the Asus WS at almost $100 over the Sabertooth well worth the investment but that's another story entirely. The features and service (Try getting Asrock to cross ship a RMA) come at a price.

Here's a more detailed analysis of BIOS features

http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/asus_p8z77_ws/5...
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ASUS' BIOS implementations just continues to get better with each successive generation and are easily the best implementation out so far.


http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/asus_p8z77_ws/1...
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ASUS UEFI BIOS that is so far the best implementation on the market in that it is easy to use, using a mouse for navigation works, and everything is clickable. It just works.....The performance delivered by the P8Z77 WS is within the expectations based on the installed hardware. That being said the ease with which you can improve the board's performance is as simple as point and click. Manually tuning or using ASUS TurboV Evo tool you can overclock on this board as easy as any in the ASUS P8Z77 arsenal. By using TurboV EVO in AI Suite II the board and software set up a perfectly stable 4.42GHz speed on my clock speed challenged Core i7 3770K. Manual tuning was a bit more rewarding as it usually is at 4.6GHz.

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