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Which one of these P67 boards should I get? (MSI, ASRock, Gigabyte)

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June 16, 2011 4:48:35 PM

I'm looking at a sub $180 P67 motherboard for my new build, and I've narrowed it down to these three:

ASRock P67 EXTREME4 (B3)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD4-B3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MSI P67A-GD55 (B3)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'm leaning towards the ASRock because it seems to have better reviews everywhere (especially in newegg), and because I haven't seen as many reports of DOA boards as I have with the MSI or Gigabyte.

My problem is that I've heard ASRock isn't as reliable as the other two. I don't know if it's true, but I wouldn't want to buy a board just to have it fail sooner than the others would.

What do you guys think?
June 17, 2011 4:26:17 AM

Why not move to the z68 chipset? the MB features are about the same but you get a couple of extra options (ie SSD caching and use of the i5 intgrated GPU)
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June 17, 2011 1:33:29 PM

I always use dedicated GPUs, and don't plan on buying SSDs for quite a while.

My budget's set on one of those three I mentioned.
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June 17, 2011 3:18:20 PM

I'd put them in the order you listed them in your post (not the order you used for the post title). Their quality level is about the same, but the ASRock has the shortest warranty. I didn't let that bother me when I bought my ASRock P67 Pro3 board, and it has been fantastic for me.
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June 17, 2011 3:49:16 PM

How reliable is ASRock nowadays? I know years ago they used to be pretty "budget" and cheap, but now I see people are talking about them on the same level as Gigabyte and the others. Did they get better, are their parts more reliable now?
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June 17, 2011 3:57:15 PM

It’s now part of asus and they use premium parts so I'd say jea pretty reliable.
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a c 716 V Motherboard
June 17, 2011 3:57:25 PM

ASRock 'is' ASUS just without the bells and whistles.

For Z68's http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-128-507^13-128-507-TS%2C13-128-506^13-128-506-TS%2C13-128-512^13-128-512-01%23%2C13-131-730^13-131-730-TS%2C13-157-250^13-157-250-TS I like the ASRock Z68 Extreme4 or Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD4

For P67's I prefer the ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.0) with NEC vs 3.1 with cheaper ASMedia USB 3.0 controllers. $183 ASUS P8P67 PRO http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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June 17, 2011 4:06:47 PM

What would those bells and whistles be in the case of the ASUS P8P67 Pro?
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a c 716 V Motherboard
June 17, 2011 4:11:48 PM

The ASUS P8P67 Pro has BlueTooth and more Phases for OC; off the top of my head and a few other items. Phases mean more to 'me' than BT.

Here's a side-by-side -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-131-703^13-131-703-TS%2C13-157-250^13-157-250-TS%2C13-157-231^13-157-231-TS
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June 17, 2011 4:40:47 PM

Thanks! Do you think the P67 ASRock (which is the one I'm still thinking of buying still), is a good and realiable choice?

Also my Gladiator 600 case hasta a front eSATA port. Will I be able to connect it to that board, and if so where?
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June 17, 2011 4:51:03 PM

the eSATA cable goes into a normal sata port on your motherboard. and yes I think the extreme 4 is a good and realiable choice.
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June 17, 2011 8:29:06 PM

Also, with the ASRock extreme4 and a cooler master gladiator 600 case (hdd cage), I'm guessing I should get right angle to right angle SATA cables right?
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June 17, 2011 8:34:20 PM

you can't use the same cable that came with the case?
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June 17, 2011 8:59:49 PM

Yeah, just that I see the SATA ports in this mobo are at a 90 degree angle. I doubt it matters though!
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June 17, 2011 9:27:03 PM


nope does not, there is plenty of room between the hard disk tray and the sata connectors.
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a c 716 V Motherboard
June 17, 2011 10:56:11 PM

I would ass-u-me the eSATA <-> SATA cable comes with the case...
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June 20, 2011 2:29:22 PM

What does "SATA3_M2 connector is shared with eSATA3 port" mean?
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June 20, 2011 2:42:10 PM

I guess they mean that if you put a sata drive in the SATA3_M2 slot on your motherboard the esata on the back of your motherboard wont work anymore.
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a c 107 V Motherboard
June 20, 2011 6:14:28 PM

If you plug a drive into the SATA3_M2 port (one of the Marvell SATA2 ports), then the eSATA port on the back I/O area stops working. If you plug a drive into the eSATA port on the back I/O area, then the SATA3_M2 port stops working.

They share resources, so only one can work at a time.
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