The gigabyte doesn't have onboard video ports; if you don't need them, get it. Both are about the same quality. Most boards default to 1066 or 1333 for the ram speed. All you do is change the memory setting from "auto" to "manual" and select your ram speed. To go past 1600, you would need to overclock the cpu on most boards. Go to both boards webpage and download the motherboard manuals and check out the bios options. It only takes a few minutes.