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Old August 19, 2010, 12:05 AM
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Default P55A-UD3 vs. Maximus III GENE

Hey all,

Just picked up some parts to put a rig together and wanted to see some opinions on a motherboard purchase.

I have an i3 530 as the CPU, and I'm considering the Gigabyte P55A-UD3 motherboard. However the ASUS Maximus III GENE is at a very similar price point. I want to overclock the CPU to get the most performance for my dollar on air cooling.

USB3 and SATA3 are nice to have because you never know what the future holds but I'm mainly wondering about OC performance. Would going for the Maximus III yield a noticeably higher OC result than the P55A-UD3 on the i3 530?

I know the choice seems pretty obvious but I just wanted some opinions before I made any bad decisions.
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Old August 19, 2010, 06:44 AM
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Be careful with the P55A-UD3 board. Here is a direct quote from the NCIX specifications:

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* When set Turbo SATA3 / USB3.0 (Marvell 9128 /NEC USB 3.0 Controller) to enable in BIOS setup, 1st PCIex16 slot will run at x8 bandwidth and 2nd PCIex16 slot will be disabled.
Perhaps they have fixed the disabling of 2nd PCI-E with their new Rev 2.0 board, so that is also something you should watch out for, but it will be luck of the draw most likely. To reiterate, I don't know for sure.

As for the ASUS board, it's mATX compared to the ATX Gigabyte board, so you will have fewer slots and options. If you only plan to use a single graphics card, you can always slap in a USB3 PCI-E board to get that functionality.

Either way i3s clock great on either board and you shouldn't have any problems doing so.
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