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May 30, 2012 4:52:20 AM

What's the best motherboard for the following specs?
-CPU will be 3770k.
-Supports at least 2 way SLI (GTX 680s).
-Multiple (at least 4) SDD/HDD "connectors".
-Speed is a must, as the computer I'm building will be mostly dedicated to gaming.
-Dual monitor support.
-I don't plan on extreme overclocking, but having the option to would be nice.
-Price can be up to/around $300-$350.

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Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
May 30, 2012 4:58:29 AM

here is a review of the big boys when the z77 first hit the market; got some nice boards.
Intel Z77 Panther Point Chipset and Motherboard Preview – ASRock, ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, ECS and Biostar
really what separates boards is the different bells and whistles.

now what i think is the bee's knees:
ASUS P8Z77 WS $309.99
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7...
ASUS P8Z77 WS Workstation Motherboard Review
The ASUS P8Z77 WS is the latest in the ASUS "Workstation" series and has virtually every feature but the kitchen sink thrown into it. If you are looking for a board that can fill almost any role while utilizing a desktop LGA1155 processor, then this motherboard is worth a serious look. Maybe 4-way 8 Lane PCIe 3.0 gets your attention?
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May 30, 2012 6:16:42 AM

How does the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 3 compare with the ASUS P8Z77 WS?
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a c 87 V Motherboard
May 30, 2012 6:31:09 AM

There both awesome i like the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 3



Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
LGA 1155

CPU Type
Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)

Chipsets

North Bridge
Intel Z77

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
4×240pin

Memory Standard
DDR3 2666(OC)/1600/1333/1066

Maximum Memory Supported
32GB

Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 3.0 x16
4 (x16, x16, x8, x8)

PCI Express x1
2

PCI Slots
1

Storage Devices

SATA 3Gb/s
4

SATA 6Gb/s
6 x SATA 6Gb/s

SATA RAID
2 x SATA 6Gb/s (SATA3 0/1), 4 x SATA 3Gb/s (SATA2 2/3/4/5) and1 x mSATA Support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10
(The SATA2 5 connector will become unavailable when the mSATA connector is installed with a solid state drive.)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s GSATA3 6/7/8/9) Support for RAID 0 and RAID 1

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
None

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Creative CA0132

Audio Channels
6 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 LAN chip

Second LAN Chipset
Intel GbE LAN phy

Max LAN Speed
Dual 10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports

PS/2
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port

Video Ports
D-Sub + DVI

HDMI
1 x HDMI

DisplayPort
1 x DisplayPort

USB 3.0
6 x USB 3.0

S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical

Audio Ports
5 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
4 x USB 3.0 + 4 x USB 2.0

Onboard 1394
2 x 1394a

Other Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
1 x PCIe power connector
1 x mSATA connector
1 x CPU fan header
4 x system fan headers
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x Clear CMOS jumper
1 x power button
1 x Clear CMOS button
1 x reset button
Voltage measurement points
1 x BIOS switch
1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header

Physical Spec

Form Factor
Extended ATX

Dimensions
12" x 10.39"

Power Pin
24 Pin

Features

Features
GIGABYTE All Digital Power Engine

GIGABYTE 3D Power Utility

GIGABYTE 3D BIOS

Super Sight

Super Hearing

Super Speed

Super Shield

3rd Generation Intel Core processors

Designed for PCI Express Gen.3 Support

Intel Rapid Start Technology

Intel Smart Connect Technology

Onboard OC Features

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 4 - Insist on an Ultra Durable Motherboard

Lucid Universal MVP Support

GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response

GIGABYTE EZ Setup

Onboard mSATA Support

Exclusive Bluetooth 4.0/WiFi Expansion Card

GIGABYTE On/Off Charge

Enhanced Built-in Visuals

Intel Quick Sync 2.0

DirectX 11 Support

12 Phase Power Design those are most of it features
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May 30, 2012 6:32:44 AM

What about the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z?
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a c 87 V Motherboard
May 30, 2012 6:38:01 AM

Iamazn said:
What about the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z?
That's is a solid motherboard :D 
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May 30, 2012 6:40:20 AM

bigcyco1 said:
That's is a solid motherboard :D 

Compared to the other 2 already listed in this thread, which is better?
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a c 87 V Motherboard
May 30, 2012 7:21:25 AM

Iamazn said:
Compared to the other 2 already listed in this thread, which is better?
That is really hard to say but i would go with ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z :D  i have the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 3 and i love it though i rather have ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z ;) 
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Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
May 30, 2012 7:23:18 AM

^ +1
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a b V Motherboard
May 30, 2012 7:31:34 AM

EVGA Z77 FTW?
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a c 87 V Motherboard
May 30, 2012 7:36:22 AM

amuffin said:
EVGA Z77 FTW?
:lol:  solid as well my neighbor has one and loves it is overclocking his i7-2600K to 5.2ghz with a rasa kit i think ASUS is better brand name though :D 
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May 30, 2012 2:14:10 PM

According to the specs I posted, would Z68 or Z77 be better?
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a c 87 V Motherboard
May 30, 2012 2:35:48 PM

Iamazn said:
According to the specs I posted, would Z68 or Z77 be better?
The Z77
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May 30, 2012 7:58:34 PM

-What is currently the best Z77 for gaming?
-Will there be a Republic of Gaming Z77 Mobo?
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a c 87 V Motherboard
May 30, 2012 8:27:27 PM

Iamazn said:
-What is currently the best Z77 for gaming?
-Will there be a Republic of Gaming Z77 Mobo?
Yes there will be a Republic of Gaming Z77 Mobo not till a few months from now though just wait or get this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... it's a great choice either way ;) 
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Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
May 30, 2012 11:19:45 PM

Iamazn said:
-What is currently the best Z77 for gaming?
-Will there be a Republic of Gaming Z77 Mobo?

i'd suggest you go and take a look at the manual for the sniper G1 bigcyco is pimping out and see why he is.
http://www.gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4...

if the board is half as good as the manual, i can't see how you'd go wrong.
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May 31, 2012 12:01:13 AM

-Is there any announced release date on the Z77 RoG board?
-Is the G1 Sniper 3 really the best Z77 MoBo at the moment?
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a c 87 V Motherboard
May 31, 2012 1:21:14 AM

Iamazn said:
-Is there any announced release date on the Z77 RoG board?
-Is the G1 Sniper 3 really the best Z77 MoBo at the moment?
Have no clue i have not heard any and there are many good motherboards out right now the G1 Sniper 3 happens to be one of them we given you all the info we know so just pick a mobo ;) 
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May 31, 2012 2:10:01 AM

Does the G1 Sniper 3 support dual monitors?
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