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October 19, 2012 7:54:58 PM

What is the best LGA 2011 motherboard? It will run with couple SSDs, 3930K CPU OCed, a GTX 680 (and possibly a second one later on). I always thought ASUS was the best motherboard, but reading the reviews, every single premium board they make has %50 bad reviews on every website. I'd hate to buy a board like Rampage 4 Extreme and deal with Asus customer support.

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October 19, 2012 9:42:02 PM

Don't believe everything you read, and on X79 then the ONLY decent choice is ASUS.

ASUS's support isn't any different than Gigabyte or MSI. ASUS does offer 'Cross-Shipping' but most folks don't know to request it if needed, and ASUS's Tier 2 folks are very knowledgeable and easy to reach. The 'best' for customer service is probably EVGA, but after LGA 1366 I'm not a fan of their MOBO's. Gigabyte's suffer from power and phase issues, and MSI from temperature issues with one exception MSI Big Bang-XPower II.

My top 3 picks for Gaming:
1. $370 ASUS Rampage IV Formula - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2. $330 ASUS Sabertooth X79 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3. $430 ASUS Rampage IV Extreme - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4. $390 MSI Big Bang-XPower II - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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5. $340 GIGABYTE GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pros & Cons:
1. 4-WAY & good onboard sound ; 4xDIMM
2. 8xDIMM & Active cooling VRM & Chipset & 5 year warranty ; 2-WAY & typical onboard sound
3. 4-WAY, 8xDIMM ; typical onboard sound & Cost
4. 4-WAY, 8xDIMM ; typical onboard sound & Cost
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5. 3-WAY, 8xDIMM & Intel C606 ; typical onboard sound

I use mine for SQL coding and testing @ home and game a little; CPU-z http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2320509 Most the gaming rigs I build are either the ASUS R4E (RIVE) or R4F. If you're never going past 2-WAY SLI then I highly recommend the ASUS Sabertooth X79, it's a nice looking build especially with the Corsair DDR3L-1600 kits (CMZ16GX3M4X1600C9G) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Most of the so called DOA MOBO's and problems in general are User caused, and anytime I read 2x+ DOA anything then the User killed it -- there's a 0.04% (2% of 2%) chance of 2 DOA MOBO's. I'd stear clear of ASRock unless you're fine with Disabling all third party SATA or leave them Enabled if you shutdown (not sleep) every night.
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October 19, 2012 10:15:01 PM

There are 3 motherboards, all cost within $50 of each other, that supports the same chipset, from the same company. That is just so confusing. The Rampage IV extreme has 4 3.0 PCI slots, is this only for people who want to have 4 way SLI (isn't that a bit overkill anyways)? What does it provide that others don't (or the other way around).

What motherboard would you recommend for me? Money is not an issue, but I don't want to get something wrong.

jaquith said:
Don't believe everything you read, and on X79 then the ONLY decent choice is ASUS.

ASUS's support isn't any different than Gigabyte or MSI. ASUS does offer 'Cross-Shipping' but most folks don't know to request it if needed, and ASUS's Tier 2 folks are very knowledgeable and easy to reach. The 'best' for customer service is probably EVGA, but after LGA 1366 I'm not a fan of their MOBO's. Gigabyte's suffer from power and phase issues, and MSI from temperature issues with one exception MSI Big Bang-XPower II.

My top 3 picks for Gaming:
1. $370 ASUS Rampage IV Formula - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2. $330 ASUS Sabertooth X79 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3. $430 ASUS Rampage IV Extreme - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4. $390 MSI Big Bang-XPower II - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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5. $340 GIGABYTE GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pros & Cons:
1. 4-WAY & good onboard sound ; 4xDIMM
2. 8xDIMM & Active cooling VRM & Chipset & 5 year warranty ; 2-WAY & typical onboard sound
3. 4-WAY, 8xDIMM ; typical onboard sound & Cost
4. 4-WAY, 8xDIMM ; typical onboard sound & Cost
-
5. 3-WAY, 8xDIMM & Intel C606 ; typical onboard sound

I use mine for SQL coding and testing @ home and game a little; CPU-z http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2320509 Most the gaming rigs I build are either the ASUS R4E (RIVE) or R4F. If you're never going past 2-WAY SLI then I highly recommend the ASUS Sabertooth X79, it's a nice looking build especially with the Corsair DDR3L-1600 kits (CMZ16GX3M4X1600C9G) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Most of the so called DOA MOBO's and problems in general are User caused, and anytime I read 2x+ DOA anything then the User killed it -- there's a 0.04% (2% of 2%) chance of 2 DOA MOBO's. I'd stear clear of ASRock unless you're fine with Disabling all third party SATA or leave them Enabled if you shutdown (not sleep) every night.

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October 19, 2012 11:55:02 PM

There's plenty of folks that truly need 3 or 4 WAY SLI/CF, those folks have three monitors or more.

Please list all of your uses and what and how many monitors. Also are you considering 3D Vision?

On a single HD 1920x1080 either the R4F (onboard sound/acceptable sound) or Saberthooth 2 WAY and ASUS Xonar/exceptional sound with 8xDIMM option and 5 year warranty.
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October 30, 2012 11:33:48 PM

jaquith said:
Don't believe everything you read, and on X79 then the ONLY decent choice is ASUS.

ASUS's support isn't any different than Gigabyte or MSI. ASUS does offer 'Cross-Shipping' but most folks don't know to request it if needed, and ASUS's Tier 2 folks are very knowledgeable and easy to reach. The 'best' for customer service is probably EVGA, but after LGA 1366 I'm not a fan of their MOBO's. Gigabyte's suffer from power and phase issues, and MSI from temperature issues with one exception MSI Big Bang-XPower II.

My top 3 picks for Gaming:
1. $370 ASUS Rampage IV Formula - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
2. $330 ASUS Sabertooth X79 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
3. $430 ASUS Rampage IV Extreme - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
4. $390 MSI Big Bang-XPower II - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
-
5. $340 GIGABYTE GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Pros & Cons:
1. 4-WAY & good onboard sound ; 4xDIMM
2. 8xDIMM & Active cooling VRM & Chipset & 5 year warranty ; 2-WAY & typical onboard sound
3. 4-WAY, 8xDIMM ; typical onboard sound & Cost
4. 4-WAY, 8xDIMM ; typical onboard sound & Cost
-
5. 3-WAY, 8xDIMM & Intel C606 ; typical onboard sound

I use mine for SQL coding and testing @ home and game a little; CPU-z http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2320509 Most the gaming rigs I build are either the ASUS R4E (RIVE) or R4F. If you're never going past 2-WAY SLI then I highly recommend the ASUS Sabertooth X79, it's a nice looking build especially with the Corsair DDR3L-1600 kits (CMZ16GX3M4X1600C9G) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Most of the so called DOA MOBO's and problems in general are User caused, and anytime I read 2x+ DOA anything then the User killed it -- there's a 0.04% (2% of 2%) chance of 2 DOA MOBO's. I'd stear clear of ASRock unless you're fine with Disabling all third party SATA or leave them Enabled if you shutdown (not sleep) every night.


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jaquiith,

could you elaborate on "Disabling all third party SATA or leave them enabled if you shut down every night." I was considering the ASRock

X79 EXTREME7 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

for use with the i7 3930K

Thanks
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October 31, 2012 12:25:46 AM

In the case of a ASRock X79 Extreme7 both the Marvell SE9182 and SE9172 SATA from the BIOS. To 'elaborate' the ASRock's non-Intel SATA ports have been linked to a series of cases stability issues e.g. crashes, but disabling the non-Intel SATA ports seems to resolve most of the problems.
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