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Default Z77 - which one ? - 05-05-2012, 12:09 | posts: 17 | Location: Dark side of the Moon

So,as i have problems with my Asus P8P67 Pro,i decided to RMA it and after i receive new one sell it for cheap and move to Z77 board.
Now,after some research i came to 2 boards..and tbh i just cant choose as they both seems to good to choose one LOL
So,looking for community help with advises
Here is the boards im looking at:

Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H Intel Z77
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/pro...px?pid=4139#sp

MSI Z77A-GD65 Intel Z77
http://www.msi.com/product/mb/Z77A-G...ml#/?div=Basic

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Default 05-06-2012, 10:47 | posts: 17 | Location: Dark side of the Moon

bump - no one?
   
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Default 05-06-2012, 11:02 | posts: 4,043 | Location: Australia

I don't have Z77 myself but am looking at one for an upgrade. I'm biased towards Asrock or Asus myself, but that is more a personal preference thing. Going by looks alone though, I think the MSI one is better
   
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Default 05-06-2012, 12:16 | posts: 17 | Location: Dark side of the Moon

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I don't have Z77 myself but am looking at one for an upgrade. I'm biased towards Asrock or Asus myself, but that is more a personal preference thing. Going by looks alone though, I think the MSI one is better
well,i was loyal to Asus since 90's,but with my last mobo P8P67 Pro i had 4 RMA's...also had very bad experience with Asus customer service..so now looking to "jump ship"
Still cant decide between those 2 boards..Looks alone doesnt matter much for me,even tho i have HAF X case
   
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Default 05-06-2012, 13:12 | posts: 4,043 | Location: Australia

I'm eyeing off the Asrock Z77 Extreme6 myself, but that isn't the equivalent of the boards you listed (but still in itself, a great board).

What about the Asrock Z77 Fatal1ty Professional? I mean the proper Professional, not the Professional-M.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.us...20Professional
   
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Default 05-06-2012, 14:45 | posts: 17 | Location: Dark side of the Moon

hm...looks very interesting..i had only 1 Asrock mobo ever,and it isnt very good memories
but i heard and read in forums that is not the case with current Asrock mobos..
need to dig more info about it
   
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Default 05-06-2012, 16:55 | posts: 19,054 | Location: Toronto, Canada

I have the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H, it's a pretty good board. Haven't tried overclocking it though as I literally just set this baby up and have no time because of school. However, I did get a chance to look it over, it looks pretty good.

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Default 05-06-2012, 17:22 | posts: 1,270 | Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

I got the Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe, was on sale at the price of a P8Z77-V, so I jumped on it. Works good so far, just figuring my way around the BIOS, and experimenting with the ASUS AI suite II. i5 3570K @4.4Ghz 1.275V.
   
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Default 05-06-2012, 17:30 | posts: 6,440 | Location: Chilling

I just picked up an Asrock Z77 Pro4. It seemed to be the best feature to price Z77 that fit my needs.
   
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Default 05-06-2012, 18:51 | posts: 621

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I just picked up an Asrock Z77 Pro4. It seemed to be the best feature to price Z77 that fit my needs.
Me to, great small board, lots of features, only complain is that i could no longer connect my dvd drive since it has no IDE connector and had to buy a drive with sata connection. otherwise great board
   
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Default 05-06-2012, 19:01 | posts: 1,456

I was also looking at the GA-Z77X-UD5H and the Asus Sabertooth Z77.
Really can't decide right now.

My last two boards where Gigabytes, though.
Those two were the most reliable and overclocking-friendly boards i've ever had.
   
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Default 05-06-2012, 20:52 | posts: 17 | Location: Dark side of the Moon

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I was also looking at the GA-Z77X-UD5H and the Asus Sabertooth Z77.
Really can't decide right now.

My last two boards where Gigabytes, though.
Those two were the most reliable and overclocking-friendly boards i've ever had.
we in same boat hehe
after looking at reviews im leaning towards Gigabyte Z77X UD5H..also in OcUK forum there is are thred dedicated to this board and it was reviewed by customer like us - and he says board is just brilliant (and he knows what he's talking)
now will wait for payment and order will follow
   
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Default 05-07-2012, 18:00 | posts: 1,270 | Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Me to, great small board, lots of features, only complain is that i could no longer connect my dvd drive since it has no IDE connector and had to buy a drive with sata connection. otherwise great board
I don't think any of the modern motherboards come with IDE connectors anymore
   
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Default 05-07-2012, 19:39 | posts: 725 | Location: Belgium

i need new motherboard in the 125-150 euro budget...

I was looking at:

Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 and 6
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
Asrock Z77 Fatal1ty Professional
ASUS P8Z77-V

I was looking in this range. I was wondering which one is good for 24/7 4.5ghz/5.0ghz

I know voltages kill but my current motherboard is dying because it was little too cheap.

Asrock Extreme 4 needs better heatsinks for the mosfets so i have read. I am not sure this is true or not.

My current motherboard has its mosfets overheating above 4.1ghz lol
   
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Default 05-07-2012, 21:22 | posts: 17 | Location: Dark side of the Moon

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i need new motherboard in the 125-150 euro budget...

I was looking at:

Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 and 6
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
Asrock Z77 Fatal1ty Professional
ASUS P8Z77-V

I was looking in this range. I was wondering which one is good for 24/7 4.5ghz/5.0ghz

I know voltages kill but my current motherboard is dying because it was little too cheap.

Asrock Extreme 4 needs better heatsinks for the mosfets so i have read. I am not sure this is true or not.

My current motherboard has its mosfets overheating above 4.1ghz lol

from my info i got reading all stuff,its Gigabytes UD3H your should be looking,its basically UD5,just with less connectors,less LAN if im not mistaken
so far forum people say that ocing with Gigabyte Z77 UD series is just to easy
i dont need personally 5Ghz,i dont even think 4.6 is needed really,but that would be + for future,but again,who from us enthusiasts will keep cpu or gpu for more than 3 years lol? not me hehe,i have that ugly virus called upgraditis
   
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Default 05-07-2012, 22:06 | posts: 1,079

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well,i was loyal to Asus since 90's,but with my last mobo P8P67 Pro i had 4 RMA's...also had very bad experience with Asus customer service..so now looking to "jump ship"
Still cant decide between those 2 boards..Looks alone doesnt matter much for me,even tho i have HAF X case
Interesting, what were the problems you were having with your Asus P8P67 Pro? I bought my Asus P8P67 Pro the first day Sandy Bridge went on sale and it worked fine. I did an RMA only because of the Intel recall not due to any flaw of the motherboard itself. I receive a very nice pair of Asus ear-buds for free with zero downtime for my trouble. The 3.0 version worked fine as well and has never given me any trouble.

I have had problems with Gigabyte though I wont hold it against them. I’ll still buy a Gigabyte board.

I will point out that Asus is the only manufacturer that has an onboard Intel Thunderbolt “TB_Header” for use with an upcoming expansion card. This is for most of their Z77 lineup including the P8Z77-V LE and P8Z77-V LK. Now I know a lot of people will say “so what, Thunderbolt doesn’t amount to much now” but that doesn’t mean it wont in the near future.

I mean, I look back at some of my early motherboards that had some of the first USB ports and some of the first SATA ports and I had no need of those ports initially. I was glad that they were there later though,….

It just seems a little shortsighted to not incorporate new tech when you can during an upgrade, especially so if its not going to cost you an arm and a leg to do so.
   
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Default 05-08-2012, 11:19 | posts: 17 | Location: Dark side of the Moon

my history with Asus P8P67 Pro so far:
1st time - board didnt finish flash bios and just died in the middle of flashing - RMA
2nd time - chipset recall
3rd time - board just died
4th time - now,working only 2 ram slots far from cpu,funny thing - another 2 sticks of the same memory not working if i swap them,so when i get new Z77 board,Asus board will be RMA'd and when i get new i just sell it

as for new tech - i,like many others upgrading every few year,and only what is really needed,by that time that so called new tech will get into every board and boards will be much better
another thing - with what you will use that TB now? for me its totally pointless and its just making board cost more
by the time we ALL really need that TB,we will have probably something like Z88 or X89 or something,if not even better,you dont really need pcie 3.0 now,as its not giving you any advantage,and again,by the time i upgrade next time,pcie 3.0 will be standart
Its not shortsighted from some companies,just 99.99% of people dont need that new tech if you cant use it in next 2 years,so whats the point to make board cost more? by the time everybody will use this new tech you will have different board probably
   
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hm...looks very interesting..i had only 1 Asrock mobo ever,and it isnt very good memories
but i heard and read in forums that is not the case with current Asrock mobos..
need to dig more info about it
ive got nothing but good things to say about my asrock board. its reliable, OC's fairly easily (with a decent amount of power phases), and has 10 sata ports and looks funky.
   
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Default 05-08-2012, 17:48 | posts: 19,054 | Location: Toronto, Canada

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i need new motherboard in the 125-150 euro budget...

I was looking at:

Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 and 6
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
Asrock Z77 Fatal1ty Professional
ASUS P8Z77-V

I was looking in this range. I was wondering which one is good for 24/7 4.5ghz/5.0ghz

I know voltages kill but my current motherboard is dying because it was little too cheap.

Asrock Extreme 4 needs better heatsinks for the mosfets so i have read. I am not sure this is true or not.

My current motherboard has its mosfets overheating above 4.1ghz lol
If you can afford the P8Z77-V, you should be able to afford the GA-Z77X-UD5H as it's cheaper than the P8Z77-V.

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Default 05-09-2012, 07:50 | posts: 6,440 | Location: Chilling

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Originally Posted by djjonastybe View Post
i need new motherboard in the 125-150 euro budget...

I was looking at:

Asrock Z77 Extreme 4 and 6
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H
Asrock Z77 Fatal1ty Professional
ASUS P8Z77-V

I was looking in this range. I was wondering which one is good for 24/7 4.5ghz/5.0ghz

I know voltages kill but my current motherboard is dying because it was little too cheap.

Asrock Extreme 4 needs better heatsinks for the mosfets so i have read. I am not sure this is true or not.

My current motherboard has its mosfets overheating above 4.1ghz lol
Anand heard your question:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5793/i...byte-and-msi/1
   
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Default 05-09-2012, 14:18 | posts: 3,111 | Location: Dallas, TX.

+1 for Gigabyte. My new Z77 board is working flawlessly...as have all my previous Gigabyte boards. Been using them forever.
   
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Default 05-10-2012, 12:31 | posts: 981 | Location: Miami

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I'm eyeing off the Asrock Z77 Extreme6 myself, but that isn't the equivalent of the boards you listed (but still in itself, a great board).

What about the Asrock Z77 Fatal1ty Professional? I mean the proper Professional, not the Professional-M.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.us...20Professional
i got this board! board looks beautiful, well a little better than asus ROG boards with about the same theme. i havent played with this board much, last night i was able to reach 4.6ghz stable with 1.35 vcore but my temps were trolling at 88-94C lol (HT on). i went back to 4.4 with 1.29V and now temps are like 82-87 in prime95.
i am using zalman Cnps 9900Max-R (the red kind )
besides that i am able to choose xmp profile easily and my muskin red rams are running at 2133 mhz (manufacture specified speeds) without any problem.

hope this will help
   
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Default 05-10-2012, 13:51 | posts: 4,043 | Location: Australia

88-94C is a little toasty for the CPU, actually I believe above the thermal limits! I do realise the Ivy's are said to run hot.

I was looking for a long time in getting a Silver Arrow CPU cooler, then the SB-E came out and that looked like a possible alternative. I came across a review for a new Silver Arrow (Silver Arrow Extreme, different to the SB-E) that had reddish coloured fans. Apparently it gave the Noctua NH-D14 a run for its money which I thought was quite impressive. When temperatures get up though its a lot noisier than the standard Silver Arrow.

The issue I have though is availability, I seriously don't think it would be available here before July when I upgrade. I can't even find the normal Silver Arrow for sale here anymore...

Good to hear about the board though, it settles my decision on the Extreme6
   
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Default 05-10-2012, 14:27 | posts: 981 | Location: Miami

nice, for some reason out of no where asrock started building high quality boards lol. and yes, temps are high and the cooler im using cnps 9900max is a very reputable air cooler. 135mm fan lol. i was initially going to choose extreme6 but went for fatal1ty coz of color theme they should perform like same anyway.
good luck.
   
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Default 05-11-2012, 07:17 | posts: 285 | Location: in your nightmares

Just got the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H here, it's pretty good, no issues here.

I could easily go higher on the overclock on this thing... i just don't really need it right now so why stress it. But yeah i bet this thing could do wonders, the bios is ridiculously adjustable. I guess it all just depends on your preference as far as what manufacturer. Last build was a gigabyte and it was OC'd and rock solid. And i always liked their dual bios. The UD5H has a nice handy switch on the board so it's easy to just switch to the backup if you hose the bios somehow.

EDIT: coming from my old AMD build, i felt like i might need an engineering degree to figure out everything in this thing's bios. After a while, you realize most things just don't even need to be touched, most things on auto and it's fine.

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