Best LGA 2011 Motherboard

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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  1. 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=N82E16813131808
    2. $330 ASUS Sabertooth X79 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131801
    3. $430 ASUS Rampage IV Extreme - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131802
    4. $390 MSI Big Bang-XPower II - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130626
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    5. $340 GIGABYTE GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128563

    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=N82E16820233247

    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.
  2. 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=N82E16813131808
    2. $330 ASUS Sabertooth X79 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131801
    3. $430 ASUS Rampage IV Extreme - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131802
    4. $390 MSI Big Bang-XPower II - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130626
    -
    5. $340 GIGABYTE GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128563

    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=N82E16820233247

    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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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=N82E16813131808
    2. $330 ASUS Sabertooth X79 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131801
    3. $430 ASUS Rampage IV Extreme - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131802
    4. $390 MSI Big Bang-XPower II - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130626
    -
    5. $340 GIGABYTE GA-X79S-UP5-WIFI - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128563

    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=N82E16820233247

    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
  5. 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.
  6. as stability which is better than the ones listed?
  7. I use a P9 X79 LE and I've loved it from the start, never had an issues of any sort. I used to SLI on dual monitors, now I use one gtx 1080 (MSI gaming x ironically) and it handles both monitors fine, upgrading to a gsync in a few days. I use 1 ssd for boot and 1 WD 1TB for gaming.
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