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Old November 30, 2011, 04:29 AM
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Having researched for a while in several forums and discussion groups and taking into account many suggested considerations I am interested in finding out if there is any one motherboard that fills fhe following list of requirements:
1. Intel Ivy ready
2. With integrated video and audio
3. Socket LGA to support Sandy Bridge both i5 and i7 processors
4. able to handle Sata III components
5. with USB 3.0 ports with at least one in the front panel.
6. PCI Express slot for dual TV tuner card
7. 2 e-sata ports (at least 1 in front panel)
8. with at least one extra available PCI Expressx16 2.x slot
9. at least one 1000BaseT Ethernet port
10. Able to support 32 GB of memory. How many memory slots/banks do I need?
I do have Windows 7 Home 64-bit. I understand it may support 32 GB of memory if the motherboard does.

I have a budget but at this time i rather not limit the possible choices
Should there be no such a Mobo, which is/are the one/s that get as close as possible to fulfill the list?

Would appreciate knowledgeable contributions.

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Old November 30, 2011, 09:01 AM
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I think you are describing any decent Z68 board really. You may have an issue with 32GB of memory however because you will have to use 8GB sticks which are not cheap. Not even sure how that capacity mem would even work on a Z68 board TBH. Why do you want 32GB? 16GB is going to be much cheaper.
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Old November 30, 2011, 09:42 AM
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I do not want to install 32 GB now..I want the ability to install as much as 32 down the road -if and when needed. I am a retired senior with limited fixed income so this would likely be my last full system. So I need something that would last not less than 5 years. Regarding your comment that my needs describe any decent Z68, I think that at least front panel e-Sata and USB 3.0 piorts are uncommon. Aside from the 10 items on my list, I was reminded about an 11th. i.e. support for Intel Smart Response Technology that allows for the integration of SSD and HDD internal drives to become a bigger storage and lets the SSD become the cache for the system.

Do do you know of specific brands and models of Mobo that fill all or at least a minimum 8 of those 11 elements?

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Old November 30, 2011, 09:55 AM
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NCIX.com - Buy ASUS P8Z68-V Pro GEN3 Z68 LGA1155 ATX 3PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2 PCI B3 Motherboard - ASUS - P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 - in Canada


I think so. 1. Intel Ivy ready
Check. 2. With integrated video and audio
Check. 3. Socket LGA to support Sandy Bridge both i5 and i7 processors
Check. 4. able to handle Sata III components
Check. 5. with USB 3.0 ports with at least one in the front panel.
Check. 6. PCI Express slot for dual TV tuner card
Depends. 7. 2 e-sata ports (at least 1 in front panel)
Check. 8. with at least one extra available PCI Expressx16 2.x slot
Check. 9. at least one 1000BaseT Ethernet port
Depends. 10. Able to support 32 GB of memory. How many memory slots/banks do I need?
Check. 11. Intel SSD Cache Support

for the esata ports, it depends on if your case offers it. if it does then it is there.

for 32gb memory, you wont need it any time soon unless you do crazy video editing or similar. but it can support 16 and up to 32 if you raise your voltages.
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Old November 30, 2011, 10:00 AM
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Front panel esata and usb 3.0 depends on the case for the most part. Most boards will have a usb 3.0 header for front panel however typically esata will be on the back panel.

I would go with 16GB of memory instead of 32. 32GB is going to run you $600 at least for something that really isnt necessary. 16GB you can get for around $100.
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Old December 6, 2011, 12:30 AM
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Default Thanks Eldonko and Birk for your contributions

The Asus P8Z68 V PRO Gen 3 does support front panel USB 3.0 but NO eSata, so Birk i am assuming that you are saying that if the case has a front slot/port for eSata then with a longer cable it could be fed from the back of the Mobo from the i/o pad?

I appreciate your opinions.

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esata plugs into any sata ports on your mobo.
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only back panel or use a extender cable





or I/O box
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Old December 16, 2011, 08:40 AM
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Default Thank you all for your valuable contributions

Eldonko, Birk, chubaka and KaptCrunch. happy Holiday Season for all of you
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