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Sabertooth or Maximus V gene or P8Z77-V ?

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November 23, 2012 2:03:36 AM

Hello

I have been going around so many websites , so many reviews , the more I read the more I get confused !!!! tomshardware,xbitlabs,guru3d,overclock3d ........etc !!!

I am building a new system for Gaming and general computer usage ... I always used Gigabyte Mobos but from the amount of no-so-good feedback I think I pass the Gigabyte

Then I started to look at MSI boards , they seem very elegant , well built and high quality , but some reviews show they always score less than Asus boards , and some poeple are having problems with Windows 8 and not detected devices and so on !! what I also liked about MSI is the use of Intel LAN and ALC898 audio which is better than ALC892 in most of Asus boards ...

So I think finaly I will choose Asus , they are the leaders when it comes to boards from their reputaton of building good Mobos..

My parts are :
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I7 3770K
Mushkin 2*4 GB 1600mhz 1.5v
Zalman 9900MAX-B CPU cooler
MSI GTX670 Power edition
Corsair AX750 PSU
Corsair 500R case

My priority in a motherboard is :
1.Performance (especially in gaming and getting the most of the GTX670)
1.Stability and robustness with good componants
2.Running cool in all its parts
3.Has good sound and Intel LAN
4.ATX form factor
5.OC ability is NOT important to me(but a plus for s iure)
6.Thunderbolt NOT important
7.Has no issues with devices and generally liked by the people...



So I narrowed down my options in Asus to (price from 180-250)$:
1.Sabertooth Z77 (just concerned about the thermal thingy would make it hot indeed)
2.Maximus V gene (just hate it being mATX so crowded)
3.P8Z77-V (or the deluxe version) (looks cheeper than the above 2 ?!)

My questions are :
-Anyone you elect for me ?
-What if compaired to MSI Z77A-GD80 or GD60 ? Gigabyte is out for me,as well as ASrock..those 2 are not options for me at all.
-Will any of those work with the Zalman 9900MAX cooler http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks in advance...












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November 23, 2012 12:39:45 PM

I would not buy anything more expensive than the P8Z77V PRO.
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November 23, 2012 1:58:27 PM

up for more opinions
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November 23, 2012 3:30:37 PM

P8Z77V
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November 23, 2012 4:39:31 PM

Very happy with my Asus Z77 V-pro. I have not used the other.
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November 23, 2012 5:12:35 PM

they are basically the same with what features you would be interested in:
all have 4 6gbs Sata port (though the pro, max and gene have 2 more on esata)
all have 2 PCI 3.0 x16 slots (x8, x8 mode)

now the z77-v has dvi out for graphics and the rest have hdmi and display port only (as does the -v). and the pro has 16 phases for cpu power whereas the rest have 8 phases. i skipped over stuff like onboard power buttons, wifi, mSATA/PCI expansion slots, or differences in onboard audio chips. if you want to see the differences just add them to a comparison and view that at the asus site
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7...
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7...
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/SABE...
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/Maxi...

i'd suggest to consider the PRO if you want the potential to overclock with more stability with more power phases. if not then there is really nothing that the sabertooth or maximus brings that the -V can provide, aside from a bit better onboard audio processing.

IMHO both the gene and sabertooth provide a brand name and not much more in any features or quality . . .
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November 23, 2012 5:23:33 PM

Anonymous said:
they are basically the same with what features you would be interested in:
all have 4 6gbs Sata port (though the pro, max and gene have 2 more on esata)
all have 2 PCI 3.0 x16 slots (x8, x8 mode)

now the z77-v has dvi out for graphics and the rest have hdmi and display port only (as does the -v). and the pro has 16 phases for cpu power whereas the rest have 8 phases. i skipped over stuff like onboard power buttons, wifi, mSATA/PCI expansion slots, or differences in onboard audio chips. if you want to see the differences just add them to a comparison and view that at the asus site
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7...
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7...
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/SABE...
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/Maxi...

i'd suggest to consider the PRO if you want the potential to overclock with more stability with more power phases. if not then there is really nothing that the sabertooth or maximus brings that the -V can provide, aside from a bit better onboard audio processing.

IMHO both the gene and sabertooth provide a brand name and not much more in any features or quality . . .
Hes wanting people that own these boards to comment as hes read hundreds of reviews and still cannot decide. :pt1cable:  He made same thread yesterday http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/324545-30-asus-opinio...
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November 23, 2012 5:30:13 PM

bigcyco1 said:
Hes wanting people that own these boards to comment as hes read hundreds of reviews and still cannot decide. :pt1cable:  He made same thread yesterday http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/324545-30-asus-opinio...

well it IS my personal experience from being an informed enthusiast (?)

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November 23, 2012 6:34:37 PM

Best answer selected by mahanddeem.
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November 23, 2012 6:46:00 PM

Anonymous said:
well it IS my personal experience from being an informed enthusiast (?)

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November 23, 2012 6:48:24 PM

Anonymous said:
they are basically the same with what features you would be interested in:
all have 4 6gbs Sata port (though the pro, max and gene have 2 more on esata)
all have 2 PCI 3.0 x16 slots (x8, x8 mode)

now the z77-v has dvi out for graphics and the rest have hdmi and display port only (as does the -v). and the pro has 16 phases for cpu power whereas the rest have 8 phases. i skipped over stuff like onboard power buttons, wifi, mSATA/PCI expansion slots, or differences in onboard audio chips. if you want to see the differences just add them to a comparison and view that at the asus site
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7...
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/P8Z7...
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/SABE...
http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Intel_Socket_1155/Maxi...

i'd suggest to consider the PRO if you want the potential to overclock with more stability with more power phases. if not then there is really nothing that the sabertooth or maximus brings that the -V can provide, aside from a bit better onboard audio processing.

IMHO both the gene and sabertooth provide a brand name and not much more in any features or quality . . .


Thanks for the nice and informed answer .... Now I know all the detailed specification of each ... And honestly I don't need the extra mSATA , wifi , bluetooth or the more SATA ports ...

Just one thing that concerns me : the Realtek audio chip ...The P8Z77-V and Pro (both) have the ALC892 ... I know that you will say most on board audio chips are limited (and I don't need a fancy one either) ...My current on board is ALC888 and I like it and it's enough for me...But anything lower would be a con for me ... I searched about some PCIe Creative cards like the recon but again I try to avoid using a discrete sound card (which would add something that disturb the airflow on the GPU) on top or below the GTX670 ..


So if the ALC892 is good (and not lower than my current ALC888) would make me go with one of these 2 boards ... (by the way the p8z77-v deluxe is 60$ more , has all the fancy things and ALC898 which is superior to ALC892 , I don't like spending 60$ more if the audio is fine on the p8z77-v)

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November 23, 2012 7:10:03 PM

the ALC892 is the same as ALC888 except it has "support" for BluRay audio playbck in the appropriate third party software:
ALC888 ALC892
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