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Asus P8P67 pro or Gigabyte Z68?

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May 15, 2011 4:08:43 AM

i am in the process of building a new rig very soon and im narrowing a few things down, i came across the new Gigabyte z68 boards and i was wondering what ones are better and what you guys recommended for my build. Either the P8P67 PRO or the Z68S models?


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-Intel Core i7-2600K Sandy Bridge 3.4GHz (3.8GHz Turbo Boost) 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor BX80623I72600K

-EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Ti FPB 1024MB GDDR5 (01G-P3-1561-AR) nVidia GeForce GTX 560 Chipset 1GB DDR5 Dual Display DVI-I/Mini-HDMI PCI Express 2.0 Graphics Card

-CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ8GX3M2A1600C9B

-Western Digital Caviar Black (WD1002FAEX) 1000GB (1TB) SATA3 7200RPM 64MB Cache

-PSU Corsair HX Series CMPSU-650HX 650W ATX EPS12V Power Supply


-SAMSUNG Black 12X BD-ROM 16X DVD-/+R 48X CD-ROM SATA Internal Blu-ray Drive Model SH-B123L/RSBP LightScribe Support (Retail)

-Cooler Master Storm Enforcer USB 3.0 Mid Tower ATX Case with Window and Black Interior
a b V Motherboard
May 15, 2011 4:55:06 AM

I used to have an asus board, then I bought a real motherboard. I was tired of screwing around all the time, trying to get the asus to work right.
I was really impressed with my gigabyte board, it is made surprisingly better than an asus board. Intel also makes good boards.
Spend a little more for a good board, you will be glad latter on.
But let me give you one tip about these systems that can really help your build:
Install the operating system on a small hard drive. This will be the dedicated OS drive. The only things that are loaded onto this drive are your programs.
Use your 1 TB drive for files only. Keep the operating system on a separate drive from the files.
The OS drive will be C drive, set this OS drive to boot first in the bios settings....
The favorite drive for OS only is the WD veociraptor 70 GB SATA. It costs about $80 for a new one on e bay.
A 1 TB drive is very slow. By using the fast drive for your OS and programs, you will optimize your system.

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May 15, 2011 5:13:24 AM

ok thanks for the advice btw what gigabyte board do you got?
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a c 107 V Motherboard
May 15, 2011 5:21:27 AM

I would suggest a Gigabyte Z68 UD5 board. It's the one I would choose if I was buying right now.

Regarding the unsolicited tip from soundguruman:
Yes, that kind of setup would result in a small speed boost. However, unless the small drive used for the OS and your most-used programs is an SSD, the performance boost isn't worth the hassle.

A 1TB drive isn't "very slow" compared to any other 7,200RPM drive -- they're actually quite fast. Compared to a 10,000RPM drive like the VelociRaptor they are a bit slow, but then so is any other 7,200RPM drive. SSDs make VelociRaptor seem as slow as Grandma crossing the street with her walker.
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May 15, 2011 5:40:33 AM

thanks Leaps-from-Shadows, i think im going to go with the Z68 UD4 board the UD5 is a little out of my price range its just as good, as for the HDs im going to still stick with the 1tb and eventually get a SSD for my O.S and games

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a b V Motherboard
June 29, 2011 12:57:28 PM

The UD5 is worth the extra money
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a c 717 V Motherboard
June 29, 2011 2:34:52 PM

If anyone at Tom's was negative towards Gigabyte it indeed was 'me,' they made horrible X58/P55 & many AM3 MOBOs with only a few exceptions e.g. UD9. It seemed like every other friggin post was a bad this or that component on GA's, I lost count how many RMA's. Then with the initial re-release of P67 B3 there were bad batches of GA P67 UD3, UD4 & UD5.

On the other hand ASUS & EVGA made terrific MOBOs all the way up to the release of P67.

Now and for about the past 2~3 months I fell like I'm in the 'anti-universe' with ASUS, it's literally the mirror image, with bad ASUS P67/Z68 MOBO's. WTH??!! ASUS needs to get their act together pronto!

Therefore, about the lowest end P67/Z68 Gigabyte's to buy are the UD5 series. Also, ASRock, oddly - it's owned by ASUS, also currently are a very good and reliable choice; perhaps the lack of BT or other 'doodads' sub-components who knows? I really wish EVGA was more aggressive with their LGA 1155's, but I would recommend those for 'Gamers.'
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August 14, 2011 11:30:33 PM

Hi guy's I think you better and see the PPBM5 results :

http://ppbm5.com/Benchmark5.html


For your choice concerning P67 or Z68 :


The PPBM5 benchmark result seems to show that all being equal (16Go RAM, processor I7 2600K, same OS...)

the P67 EVO obtain a better score than the Z68 !!!

So in my point of view ASUS P8P67 EVO is a very good choice !!!!
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