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Narrowed it down to two boards for the next build

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August 11, 2012 3:15:14 PM

Hi community, the parts for my next build are pretty much picked out, however I'm having a little trouble deciding between two options for the board. This build is primarly used as a gaming rig, as well as the server for my home media network.
It will be paired with the i5-3570k and a the Gigabyte 670. I wasn't planning or OC'ing or SLIing in the near future.

ASRock Z77 Extreme4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

Gigabyte UD5H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Price isn't really an issue, though I'd hate to go over 200 for what I realistically need. Any discernable major differences between the two? I was also taking a look the Extreme6, but haven't fully investigated it. I've heard good things about both these mobos, and would appreciate any input.

Thanks!

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August 11, 2012 3:42:34 PM

drifteractual said:
Hi community, the parts for my next build are pretty much picked out, however I'm having a little trouble deciding between two options for the board. This build is primarly used as a gaming rig, as well as the server for my home media network.
It will be paired with the i5-3570k and a the Gigabyte 670. I wasn't planning or OC'ing or SLIing in the near future.

ASRock Z77 Extreme4
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

Gigabyte UD5H
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Price isn't really an issue, though I'd hate to go over 200 for what I realistically need. Any discernable major differences between the two? I was also taking a look the Extreme6, but haven't fully investigated it. I've heard good things about both these mobos, and would appreciate any input.

Thanks!


Not a heck of a lot of differences. They have very similar features, same length of warranty. However, the ASrock Z77 Extreme 4 is very very well reviewed here, and a few other sites. I have seen only lukewarm reviews of the Gigabyte Z77 series of boards. According to Anandtech (who gave the Gigabyte board a Bronze award), the softwares and BIOS with the Gigabyte are very under-polished, but features wise the board is good (a bit more than the ASrock, DUal LAN for example). The gigabyte board as tested by Anandtech is also the most power hungry of all Z77 boards tested there (including the ASrock).

I'd say which ever is cheaper, and if you don't need features like DUAL LAN, etc... or care about power consumption, etc...
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