Hey guys! Just realised there's a new gen of MOBOs, so I'm doing this all over again
This time it boils down to Asus P8Z77-V PRO vs MSI Z77A-GD65.
After 2 hours of looking around, it seems the only factor left is the audio driver, the ALC898 in MSI's vs the ALC892 in ASUS. The Asus is about $4 more than the MSI here, which is insignificant to me. The ALC898 seems to be shrouded in secrecy, can't find specifications, benchmarks or reviews anywhere. Even Realtek's homepage doesn't have it listed.
Could someone please chime in on the 898 vs 892 issue? Also, I could have missed out some factors which will tip the scale in favor of either MOBOs, please let me know.