Gigabyte or ASUS???

Hey guys I am in the middle of upgrading my motherboard, processor, ram and video card. Basically I will be buying a brand new Intel Core i5 2500k processor and 8gb ripjaws ddr3 1600mhz 2x4gb dual channel sticks of ram. Also debating whether to get a gtx 570 or gtx 460 in sli for less than the price of one gtx 570. That being said my real big decision right now is between these two motherboard.


GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 LGA 1155 Z68 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0366193

or

ASUS P8P67 R3.1 LGA 1155 P67 ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364220


I do have to say the GIGABYTE Z68 has Cloud OC, and supports 2-way SLi and CrossfireX, while ASUS doesn't, and the Gigabyte board is a little cheaper, supports the same ram and pretty much everything else.

I will be overclocking my new 2500k to around 4.5ghz stable and probably no where close to 5ghz as I am going for stability and that is def a very nice overclock enough for me for now. What do you guys think?
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  1. Do you have any need for the Z68 chipset's SSD caching and transcoding abilities?
  2. I will be using my new upgraded PC for gaming mostly, HD video, web surfing and stuff like that. Mostly gaming though. I don't know about SSD as of now.
  3. So the Z68 chipset allows you to use the processor's integrated graphics to transcode videos much more quickly. It is also useful if you don't have a graphics card lying around. The integrated graphics is HD 3000 and will not offer any advantages in gaming over a discrete card. The z68 chipset also allows you to make any mechanical hard drive in your system faster by using a small SSD drive (64gb or smaller) as a cache. A stand alone SSD is still much faster than using a small SSD as a cache.

    Besides those features I mentioned, the Z68 offers no improvement whatsoever over the P67 chipset.

    Have a look at the graph on this page for a comparison of all the P67 and Z68 mobos:

    http://www.overclock.net/intel-motherboards/916189-complete-official-intel-p67-z68-motherboard.html

    I personally like asus better than gigabyte because they have a more modern looking bios but to each his own.

    If you are planning to slo, the asus board you are looking at will not be able to sli/cf at 8x/8x. Only 16x/4x which will impact performance.

    You should get the P67 Pro version if you ever plan on using two video cards:
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364229
    This will allow you to sli at 8x/8x.

    here is the z68 version of that board:
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364206

    Hope that helps
  4. defintely helps, I don't really intend on sli'ing two cards really I don't think but it would be different, like what if I wanted to try sli'ing two gtx 460s for instance, I could get two exact 460s for a good price and sli and get good results I hear. Probably less expensive then a single gtx 570 and not too far off in performance.

    But yeah as far as the overclocking of the intel core i5 2500k goes, which would be easier and better to use for that purpose? I see both have different and unique methods at overclocking, but they both seem good. So it makes it harder to choose.
  5. Personally, I would not go for the sli/crossfire route. Not every game utilizes that configuration and the performance increase you get from two cards does not offset all the negatives you get from utilizing two cards - higher temps and especially noise. So good call on that.

    For OC'ing, things to look out for are the # of phases (to a cterian extent because after you get above 16, it's not as beneficial anymore). For that reason I would choose the asus over the gigabyte and the asus pro (either p67 or z68) over all the other ones.
  6. Sounds good I like ASUS better myself. Which ASUS board should I pick up for my needs dude? How about this one?

    ASUS P8P67 PRO R3.1 LGA 1155 P67 ATX

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364229


    wait.....

    you know what, the NON-pro is actually cheaper and the PRO doesn't offer me anything else extra that I will use, or does it?? So what about this one?:

    ASUS P8P67 R3.1 LGA 1155 P67 ATX

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0364220
  7. Just the ability to crossfire/sli at 8x/8x. Besides that, nothing major...If you don't plan on using two video cards, you should get the non pro.
  8. yeah the ASUS P8P67 R3.1 LGA 1155 P67 is a good choice for me then with my HAF 912 Gaming case and I will pick up a GTX 570 or HD 6970 for my next purchase. I am getting a ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT CPU Cooler as well. Gonna OC my new i5 2500k to the highest around 4.5Ghz. Should be nice.

    Here is the cooler I will be getting, how do you like it? VERY good reviews on Newegg as well and pretty non-expensive, gets the job done looks like:

    ZALMAN CNPS9500 AT 2 Ball CPU Cooling Fan/Heatsink
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118003
  9. I don't have any experience with that cooler but zalman is a good brand. For cpu coolers, I check out out these charts:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/cpu-cooler-charts-2010/benchmarks,104.html
    http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm

    Most all reliable coolers all perform within 5 degrees of each other so get one that is not noisy and will not bankrupt you.
  10. Dude, I don't really care about low noise that much I got an AC pretty loud in here already lolll, I just want a good mediocre costing, efficiently coolin cpu cooler that will definitely cool my intel core i5 2500k to a very nice temp while overclocked to 4.5ghz and I am gaming a good amount.

    Let me know what you think dude. I can spend upto like 80$ or so on one, if it's worth it.
  11. Arguably the two best cpu coolers:
    Noctua d14: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835608018

    Thermalright silverarrow: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003XRAKLQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8

    The following is also a great cpu cooler but you have to buy the additional fans:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835242001
  12. Ok let me change that question, on www.microcenter.com, where I'm buying all my components and they are actually going to assemble most of it for me, which CPU cooler is the best I can get for my needs. I'll look those up though and see..

    plus those are a bit expensive, I don't think I need the best one. Not like I'm going to push the i5 2500k to it's limits over 5ghz or anything. I just want a really good cpu cooler keep my temps real nice while I'm gaming on it for awhile, resonably priced like hopefully from $40-$75.

    The Thermaltake FRIO looks really good and it was like the number 5 of the top custom cpu fans/heatsinks on that 2nd site you gave me its 69.99.

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0333155
  13. 1. Thermalright SA
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0352680

    2. Frio OCK Universal CPU Cooler
    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0365242

    Not familiar with the others. The one you mentioned also works well.
  14. Even that cooler might be overdoing it, I am not die-hard overclocking, most people get a stable 4.5ghz overclock almost even with the stock cooler, so with this pretty good ZALMAN CNPS9700 LED Universal CPU Cooler, which is ranked really high on newegg, I think I'll be fine. You said Zalman is a good company too and this version is not a low end model, it's not the 9500 one or anything either.
  15. Yes, that should work for your build. Zalman is well known for their cooling products
  16. Yeah, I mean I don't want to spend unnecessarily either, those probably be overkill for just a moderate overclock on the 2500k to 4.5ghz stable. I think it would work pretty good. Thanks
  17. If you want a good, relatively inexpensive cooler, get a CoolerMaster Hiper 212+.
  18. This one?

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0315397

    Will that cool my intel core i5 2500k well and keep it stable at like 4.5ghz oc?


    Wow it got reallllly good reviews on NEWEGG as well. I just want to be very stable at like a 4.5ghz overclock on my sandy bridge i5 2500k, during gaming..
  19. Also what about this motherboard, it's a little less then the REV 3.1 and basically the same stuff, check it out here, I'd save another 30 bucks or so

    http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0358067


    Basically would it be logical to just pick up the ASUS P8P67 REV 3.1 for another 20 bucks more or the link in this post the ASUS P8P67 LE-R3 LGA 1155 P67 ATX for 139.99 is sufficient, since I am using a single gpu solution, I will be using 2 4gb sticks of ripjaws 1600mhz ram and my intel sandy bridge i5 2500k.

    Sorry for the amount of questions, there are sooo many revisions of the ASUS P8P67 Motherboards available haha, I just want a really nice one, don't need all the bells and whistles but a nice one nonetheless with good overclocking options, stability and stuff like that.

    Any consensus?
  20. What do you guys think?
  21. The Asus LE mobo lacks an extra SATA 6gb and replaces it with an IDE port which is basically useless nowadays. I would not recommend going down to the LE.

    As for the cooler master hyper 212+, that is a good cpu cooler. Probably the best for that price.
  22. Yeah definitely going to get that one I think, it's very effective, and yeah gonna stick with the REV 3.1 of the ASUS P8P67.

    What about this ASUS board, ASUS P8Z68-V LGA 1155 Z68 ATX.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131729&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo
  23. Making my final choices today for my pc upgrade so I want to make sure I get something that is nice and will last, and is very stable overclocking! :)
  24. Wow, I feel like I've already responded to this thread on another forum....

    As I stated on the other forum. Unless you plan on using SLI/Crossfire, Intel's "Smart Response Technology" or Intel's IGP....go with the P8P67. If you plan on using any of the 3 later on down the road....go with the P8Z68. Also, why are you comtemplating GTX460 SLI or GTX570 when you already had a GTX560????
  25. Nah dude, I sold my GTX 560 ti HAWK, needed the money at the time for my setup because I failed to realize certain things I needed to fix before I could just get the video card.
  26. I would stick with your original mobo choice unless you plan on using two video cards but from your responses, that doesn't look like it's the case here. Good luck on the build, Hope I was helpful.
  27. Thanks man, yeah the original mobo choice is the ASUS P8P67 REV3.1 NON-PRO. Def good choice for me.
  28. The only argument I see in favor of the P8P67 Pro is the Intel network controller, assuming you're going to use the integrated network controller.
  29. yeah so what are the benefits of that over the one the P8P67 REV3.1 non-pro uses?
  30. The Intel network controller is the only advantage I see, unless you're considering using SLI in the future.
  31. I don't intend on using SLI in the future, I am going to get a gtx 570. I don't need to use that controller as I am just fine with what I have now anyway.
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