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Which board should I go with

Gigabyte Z68X-UD5:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128492

or

Asus P67 Deluxe:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131701

Both boards comboed with the i5 2500K come out to about the same price. Both boards look similar as far as features go other than the SSD caching on the Z68(i don't plan on using that anytime soon,but who knows). I always been a Gigabyte user, but I also wouldnt mind giving Asus a try for the first time...What do you guys think???


BTW...I already messed up and bought the 2500K last week without checking the combos, but Newegg was cool enough to look past my ignorance and said the would refund the savings from which ever combo I choose. NEWEGG ROX!! Thanks for looking and any help would be greatly appreciated.
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  1. They're relatively similar MOBOs, obviously P67 vs Z68; so if you want BlueTooth then the ASUS if not the Gigabyte Z68X-UD5. Also, the ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe. In either case to Z68 is a $20~$30 premium.

    If I had to choose 1 the Gigabyte Z68X-UD5-B3 BUT keep in mind it has NO Virtu as many Gigabyte Z68's lack; whereas the GA-Z68XP-UD4 does offer Virtu and so does the ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe.

    So IF Virtu or SSD Caching interests you -> ASUS P8Z68 Deluxe.
  2. Not really all that interested in SSD caching, and Virtu is just basically disabling the stand-alone gpu when not needed and using the onboard(correct me if I'm wrong here and enlighten me if there's more to it). If thats what Virtu is then it's not a biggie.

    *Edit*
    Just looked at the Asus Z68 Deluxe and if I could stomach throwing another $60 into the board I would definitly get it just in case I wanted to try those extra Z68 features
  3. Best answer
    For gaming Virtu is useless and SSD Caching is financially uses less spending $80~$100 for a small SSD vs $165 for a 120GB is dumb.

    So for Gaming P67 makes the most since or as I already posted above. IMO - Save the $60 and use it for a 120GB SSD you'll be a 1000X happier :)
  4. jaquith said:
    For gaming Virtu is useless and SSD Caching is financially uses less spending $80~$100 for a small SSD vs $165 for a 120GB is dumb.

    So for Gaming P67 makes the most since or as I already posted above. IMO - Save the $60 and use it for a 120GB SSD you'll be a 1000X happier :)


    Well...since you put it like that(not to mention I already have the 120GB SSD :p ), I'm going with P67 board. Thanks for the help, much appreciated :pt1cable:
  5. Best answer selected by mywifehas36dd.
  6. If ya spending the $$ on the Deluxe, consider an extra $20 for the WS Revolution. .... the WS adds the NF200 which gives you x16 x16 GFX as opposed to x8 x8. Looking at average frame rates, you can see as much as 9 or 10% increase in average frame rates (i.e STALKER) but in most games, there is little difference. However, it's minimum frame rates that are most affected by bandwidth. On a $2k system, that's a 1% increase in system cost.
  7. Go with ASUS always gave me better experience then GIGABYTE
  8. @jacknaylorPE save the $20, dual x16 vs dual x8 will not make a noticeable difference
  9. I really appreciate the help and suggestions you all provided. I went ahead ordered the P8P67 Deluxe this morning. I figured I won't use Virtu or SSD caching so I might as well get the P67. As far as brand preference, this going to be the first non-Gigabyte board I've owned in several years. I have nothing but good things to say about Gigabyte. None of the boards failed, they all oc'ed really well and were very stable for the duration I had them. It was hard to go with another brand, but from all the things I've read and heard about Asus, I feel very comfortable with my decision. And Jack, I did look at the WS Revolution because of the dual 16x it offers, but I set my budget for the board @ $200(give or take a few $) and really wanted to stick to that. @ $200 this will be the most expensive board I've ever bought, so hopefully it won't disappoint. Again, thanks to everyone that responded.

    BTW, here are what my system specs will be after it's up and running:

    i5 2500K w/Corsair H70 cpu cooler
    ASUS P8P67 DELUXE mobo
    G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3 1600 CL8 (Shellshocker & 10% off coupon=$65 for 8GB kit)
    2x Asus AMD HD 6850
    G.Skill Sniper 120GB SSD(wish I would've bought a SATA3 SSD or a Revodrive instead now...might ebay it and do so)
    2x Western Digital Blacks RAID 0
    Corsair HX850 PSU
    CoolerMaster 690 II Basic case
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64

    I also have a Creative SB X-Fi XtremeGamer soundcard, but not sure whether I will be using it...what do you guys think should I or shouldn't I?
  10. jacobadam said:
    Go with ASUS always gave me better experience then GIGABYTE

    ASUS was #1 on all my lists with P55/X58 edit: and AM3 and Gigabyte was #4, then the P67/Z68 and most of the problems vs good are flip-flopped and ASUS P67/Z68 is the most problematic. ASRock oddly also has been good, yeah I know it's an ASUS but without all of the 'doodads' which 'may' be causing all of the problems. I was/am a fierce supporter of ASUS but the problems aren't imaginary. Hopefully, ASUS will fix the problems.
  11. Just an update. Got everything up and running and this is what I got.

    http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=1890850
  12. Yeah Buddy 4.6GHz with a very low vCore - NICE! :sol:

    Q - What HSF and what's your temps running Prime 95?
    Q - At 1.288v vCore are you totally stable?
  13. jaquith said:
    Yeah Buddy 4.6GHz with a very low vCore - NICE! :sol:

    Q - What HSF and what's your temps running Prime 95?
    Q - At 1.288v vCore are you totally stable?



    Totally stable so far...still playing with it to make sure. I wanted to keep my vCore @ 1.3 or below and was pleasantly surprised. Temps are "ok" with Prime 56, 62,61,64. 8 thread run on IBT @max warmed it right up 58, 68, 65,68. A little disappointed since I have a Corsair H70 cooling it. I've tried reseating it a couple times now and got it to come down a little. Any suggestions would be nice...LOL
  14. The H70 requires the 'Pump' to run at full speed, so Q-Fan -> Disabled, and ideally you have best results with pulling cool air in versus using the hotter case air blowing through the radiator; CF 6850's, depending on the design (hottest below), will have too much heat in the case. If you have a side-fan (in) case with top & rear out you'll improve temps. Problem - sucking air in the rear: 1. very dusty case, 2. must have a top out case.

    The simplest is to compare stress temps with the SIDE PANEL OFF vs ON if the difference is >2-4C then you need to evaluate your air flow. In any case you want >CFM {airflow} OUT and keep negative pressure in the case. Next step is a Fan Controller and aftermarket Fans with high CFM while having low noise. If you have a Fan Controller you have the option of higher CFM + higher dBA otherwise running full speed <25 dBA fans e.g. Scythe SY1225SL12M 120mm http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835185058

    XFX {lots of fans -- blowing lots of hot air into case}
  15. LOL...I guessit helps to read directions. Will do that with my fans on the radiator and se what happens. Also is, I figured that Windows was throttling back my cpu(figuring this stuff out as I go along), would it be safe to run it @100% at all times...just curious, not a big deal.
  16. If you mean the 'Pump' running 100% -- then yeah! It's really designed to run at one speed - ON.
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