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Old January 5, 2012, 12:32 PM
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Hi guys!

I'm contemplating an i5 upgrade, and have been picking through motherboards.

I know already that I want an ASUS, but they seem to have a generally terrible naming scheme this generation, and I'm trying to determine WHICH motherboard I really need.

I've pretty much narrowed things down to four:

ASUS P8P67 Pro REV3.1 ($177.99 - $20 MIR = $157.99)
ASUS P8P67 Pro REV3.1 ATX P67 LGA1155 DDR3 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard - ASUS - P8P67 PRO REV 3.1

ASUS P8Z68-V LX (127.99 - $10 MIR = $117.99)
ASUS P8Z68-V LX Z68 LGA1155 ATX 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 DDR3 SATA3 USB3.0 Audio Video CrossFire Motherboard - ASUS - P8Z68-V LX

ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 ($189.99)
ASUS P8Z68-V/GEN3 Motherboard Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI DVI USB3.0 SATA3 - ASUS - P8Z68-V/GEN3

ASUS P8Z68-V Pro GEN3 ($209.99)
ASUS P8Z68-V Pro GEN3 Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2 PCI B3 Motherboard - ASUS - P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3

Now, I've done the whole comparison of features bit on the ASUS website, and determined the following based on what they have listed:

-The P8P67 is obviously the older chipset, and has no built-in GPU support, or SSD caching

The LX can only do Crossfire, not SLI, has no bluetooth, no firewire, less power phases, and no front panel USB.

-The z68-V and the Z68-V PRO really only differ in two ways: the PRO supports 22nm processors (which I assume is the next gen coming), and it also comes with rear USB 3.0 brackets....



My current setup is OS on SSD, storage on HDD. As such, I don't really see much benefit in the SSD caching of z68. I do *some* video encoding, and I use Ps3mediaserver all the time (which transcodes most types of video for display on my ps3), so I might see some benefit from z68 there.

That said, I'm not really sure if the jump from P67 to Z68 is really worth $30-$50, or if I make that jump if I should just go for the PRO for future proofing. The more I think about it, the less I'm leaning toward the LX, but it would be a good budget alternative, I suppose, and I'm unlikely to use BT, or go SLI any time soon. The fewer power phases may be of concern for OC'ing, but previous gens didn't have those extra phases, and I remember my older chips OC'ing just fine.


I should also note that I WILL be overclocking, my primary system use is gaming, and as a media server for my PS3. My new system would look like:

-i5 2500k
-Asus mobo
-Silverstone Strider Plus 500W PSU
-RAM - Was hoping 2x4GB RIPJAWS, but they're on backorder. Any other suggestions?
-Sapphire 5850 Xtreme
-Crucial M4 64GB SSD
-WD Green 2TB
-WD Black 640GB x 2


Sorry this has become so long-winded, but I would certainly appreciate any thoughts, advice, or experience you could lend.

Thanks!
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Old January 5, 2012, 12:38 PM
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Have you considered P67 Sabertooth? That is what I would recommend if you are not going to use Z68 features.

My review here - ASUS Sabertooth P67 B3 Sandy Bridge Motherboard Review

ps - if overclocking dont cheap out on the mb. A better VRM will help with efficiency and your board will last a lot longer.
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Old January 5, 2012, 12:53 PM
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ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Motherboards- ASUS Maximus IV GENE-Z
Best board for the 1155 cant say enough good about it
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Old January 5, 2012, 01:05 PM
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If I were to get a LGA1155 board, it would be one with Z68 chipset due to the fact that you can use the IGP from Intel in case your GPU goes bonkers.
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Old January 5, 2012, 01:11 PM
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Both great choices, fellas, but this upgrade is already taking me within dangerous "slit-throat-while-sleeping" territory with my wife... Budget is definitely an issue here.
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Old January 5, 2012, 01:47 PM
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ASUS Sabertooth P67 Rev 3.0 P67 LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 1PCI Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard - DirectCanada

$190, cheaper than some of the other boards you posted above. Gives you 5 year warranty and ROG VRM components for a cheap price.
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ASUS Sabertooth P67 Rev 3.0 P67 LGA1155 DDR3 2PCI-E16 3PCI-E1 1PCI Sandy Bridge B3 Motherboard - DirectCanada

$190, cheaper than some of the other boards you posted above. Gives you 5 year warranty and ROG VRM components for a cheap price.
Oh, snap...I should have looked it up first. Thought it was in the $300 range, for some reason...Must be thinking of the rampages or something. Cheers! I'll look over the specs tonight!
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Yeah if you are not going to use the z board features (IMHO over rated features like SRT) then the Sabetooth is the mobo you want. Super stable, built like a tank and great warranty. I've used many in builds and they are ALL rock solid. Good price ;)
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Just have a look at the review I posted. Everything you need to know is in there.
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Just have a look at the review I posted. Everything you need to know is in there.
I'd read it before, and just went over it again this evening. I had forgotten that you actually included a bit comparing it to the P67 PRO Think I have all the answers I need on that front.

Thanks again for the advice; I think I've found the board I want in the Sabertooth.

Any RAM suggestions for it? I was going to go with the 2x4GB RIPJAWS kit everyone keeps raving about, but it's back ordered...and I hate waiting.


EDIT: Hmm...not at directcanada....but I'd still be happy to hear any other recommendations
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