ASUS P8P67 Vs MSI P67A-C45 (B3)
ASUS P8P67 Vs MSI P67A-C45 (B3)???????
Yep dude get a z68 mobo if your budget allows . You can make use of the Intel graphics thats bundled with the processor ( say ) i5 2500K .
Like @ sosofm said some z68 boards are compatible with ivybridge processors (22nm)
processors through a simple BIOS upgrade . If you plan to upgrade your processor in the near future say , mid 2012 you can go with a compatible motherboard
Ivy Bridge compatibility with LGA1155
"Ivy Bridge is the codename for the 22 nm die shrink of Sandy Bridge planned for retail sale in 2012. Ivy Bridge processors will be backwards-compatible with the Sandy Bridge platform, but require a BIOS and firmware update "
Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Bridge#Ivy_Bridge
These ASUS mobos are ivy bridge compatible AFAIK : P8Z68-V Pro/GEN3
But if you are little more specific we guys could help you a lot
If you are not interested in onboard graphics , SSD caching and Quick sync you can go for a P67 mobo which is a bit cheaper
For anybody hanging here on THG, I see no advantage in 2011-2014 for Z68. If the cost is the same...or maybe $10-$20, OK, but more than that the so called "advantages" really aren't there.
Launched 5 months after the P67 and H67 chipset the Z68 chipset combines the advantages of the H67 and P67 Chipset so that overclocking, dual dedicated graphics cards and use of the integrated CPU graphics is available. Whilst on the surface it would seem that this would be the chipset to go for, how many users that have 2 dedicated graphics cards will actually want to use the onboard graphics when they already have 2 more powerful graphics cards in their system anyway?
The only real advantage is for users that wish to access the HD graphics features such as quick sync, but considering it’s only supported by very few transcoding programs and there are not many people out there that need or will want to transcode, it makes it almost pointless to choose Z68 over a P67 chipset.
Same applies to users that want to overclock the CPU but use the onboard graphics card; it’s a very limited market.
Finally, another feature of a Z68 chipset is known as SSD caching which is where it allows the use of a small (say 10 or 20 GB) Solid state hard drive to act as a cache for a larger ‘traditional’ hard disk. If you are already planning the use of a Solid State drive this feature is redundant.
If you can’t afford a decent size SSD (40GB+) then there are more cost effective ways around using a small SSD and SSD cashing like spending less on a motherboard, (H67 chipset or even a P67 chipset) and putting the saved money into a decent size SSD.
Again, when the cost increase is minimal, then why the hell not. If there's a significant margin, I don't see anyone getting a hard case of buyer's remorse.
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO $210
ASUS P8P67 PRO (REV 3.1) $160
So if it helps ya sleep at night worrying if you'll benefit from some future upgrade option, ya gotta decide if it's worth $50 to do that
But if ya worrying about that, I'm sure ya'll also be worrying about X79