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Trouble choosing between two socket 1155 mobos

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May 9, 2012 11:34:35 PM

Dear readers,

I recently have decided that it is time to take out the old and bring in something new. That being a motherboard, processor, and ram, I need a little guidance as I am having a few issues distinguishing between a few of these chipsets. First off, I'd like to note that I am looking at the investment of an intel core i5-2400K processor... it goes for $190 right now and I expect it to drop a little more with the recent release of the ivy bridge line (This being a sandy bridge itself). I do not require the integrated graphics of this processor. This leads into the mobo dilemma. I am a huge fan of EVGA, and plan to purchase from their mobo line up. Right now I am torn between their

Z68 SLI:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and the

P67 SLI: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004J8HYQC?m=ATVPDKIKX...

These each utilize triple SLI, and I know I will require at least 2 PCI-E slots on a mobo. I just wonder what the difference is in the chipsets, and if one is really better than the other. I am also open to any suggestions on other brands and types of mother boards that people feel are very well designed. Ram is not really an issue, dual or triple channel makes no difference to me. I just need the spots for the multiple GPUs and the correct socket size. Thanks ahead,

K Factor

May 10, 2012 12:56:00 AM

Those two boards are virtually identical, the only difference is the chipset. The P67 allows overclocking, but lacks the ability to use the graphics built in to the CPU. Z68 adds the ability to use the onboard graphics, but EVGA did not use this ability. The other feature enabled by Z68 is SSD caching.

Soo... the -only- technical difference that I see between those two boards is the ability to use SSD caching. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/z68-express-lucidlogix-virtu-ssd-caching,2888-3.html

The Z68 board has one more useable feature. I would let price alone determine which of those two boards to get.

Many argue that SSD caching with SRT is more headache than it is worth, while others insist it's the best thing since sliced bread. Personally, I skipped the whole deal and bought a bigger SSD to use as a system drive.

May 10, 2012 1:05:06 AM

2400k? don't think that exists.
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May 10, 2012 1:17:26 AM

slicedtoad said:
2400k? don't think that exists.


Minus the K, it does.
May 10, 2012 1:24:17 AM

ah, ok. In that case, an EVGA board is kind of overkill since you won't be overclocking.

You'd be better off with a ~$120 or less board. Look at ASRock's selection.
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