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Which Asus Z68 based motherboard to get?

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July 8, 2011 9:45:43 PM

I'm planning a new build and need help choosing a new board.

I need a totally reliable system for work use.

It will be used for photoshop, office stuff, web surfing, web programming etc. Occasional video work as well so 1394 firewire is needed. It will have I7-2600k, Corsair H70 cooler, 16Gig ram, 120Gig Intel 510 ssd as the main drive and 1 TB drive for documents and videos. Case HAF 922 mid tower.

So my problem is what MB to get
Asus P8Z68-V PRO
Asus Maximus IV Gene Z
Asus Maximus IV Extreme

Probably will not be overclocked or just slightly.

Any thoughts?
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July 8, 2011 10:53:28 PM

Assuming this is not for professional 'finish' work then any of those you listed are fine - if you drop you're FireWire requirements.

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO ; onboard 1394 only
ASUS Maximus IV Extreme ; no 1394
ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z ; no 1394

GA-Z68XP-UD5 ; x2 1394 I/O and onboard 1394 http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3...

The $248 Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD5 would be my #1 choice: FireWire, Virtu {Quick Sync MPEG 2/4 output acceleration, 20 Phase power, native 2-WAY SLI/CF support, good onboard chipset cooling, and in general built very well.

Virtu -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-128-513^13-128-513-TS%2C13-131-753^13-131-753-TS%2C13-128-507^13-128-507-TS
Non-Virtu -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-128-499^13-128-499-TS%2C13-131-714^13-131-714-TS%2C13-128-492^13-128-492-TS%2C13-131-701^13-131-701-TS%2C13-128-480^13-128-480-TS
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July 9, 2011 2:46:38 AM

jaquith said:
Assuming this is not for professional 'finish' work then any of those you listed are fine - if you drop you're FireWire requirements.

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO ; onboard 1394 only
ASUS Maximus IV Extreme ; no 1394
ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z ; no 1394

GA-Z68XP-UD5 ; x2 1394 I/O and onboard 1394 http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3...

The $248 Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD5 would be my #1 choice: FireWire, Virtu {Quick Sync MPEG 2/4 output acceleration, 20 Phase power, native 2-WAY SLI/CF support, good onboard chipset cooling, and in general built very well.

Virtu -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-128-513^13-128-513-TS%2C13-131-753^13-131-753-TS%2C13-128-507^13-128-507-TS
Non-Virtu -> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-128-499^13-128-499-TS%2C13-131-714^13-131-714-TS%2C13-128-492^13-128-492-TS%2C13-131-701^13-131-701-TS%2C13-128-480^13-128-480-TS


Can you explain what makes the Gigabyte better than the P8Z68-V Pro
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July 9, 2011 1:11:46 PM

Up until the P67 I actually did not like Gigabyte and to top it off I had to RMA 10 UD3R X58's, so I probably hated them.

Things change and the most problematic P67/Z68's today are sadly the ASUS. Even in the past X58/P55 the higher-end GA's were fine e.g. UD5 and especially the UD7 & UD9, so even now you won't see me 'push' anything much less than GA UD4.

I'm not saying you'll have problems with the ASUS but I am observing are high numbers on my end with problems. Frankly, the P67/Z68 overall has been a disappointment MOBO wise. My 'guess' as to what's the ASUS's root problem is the 'Swiss Army' approach of too many doodads, e.g. BT, screwing their MOBO's up.

If you can hold-off until the LGA 2011 maybe that would be a better option for you, and guessing they should be out in November 2011.
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July 9, 2011 8:08:51 PM

I'm not waiting that long. I'll buy a MB now and if it's a huge improvement come winter, I'll build another one.
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July 12, 2011 1:12:09 PM

Unless your Photoshop usage is professional {Xeon EX-12XX, ECC, & Pro GPU}, the Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD5 would be my first pick. Having a $350 3-WAY NF200 MOBO adds nothing and many of those MOBOs are specifically designed for extreme Gaming and multi-GPU.

The 'big' advantages to LGA 2011 are the SB-E CPU, Quad-Channel DDR3, native 32-lanes PCIe 3.0, and it seems BCLK OC is coming back {improved OC, improved fast RAM, etc}.

Good Luck! :) 
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