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Windows 7: What Motherboard?

19 Sep 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
These boards are very close in specs. I'm going to have you do some reading

1st individual reviews, then a comparison where both were in the mix.

Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Review - Overclockers Club

ASUS P6X58D-E Motherboard Review - Overclockers Club

X58 In 2010: Four LGA 1366 Boards With USB 3.0 And SATA 6Gb/s : Being Well-Connected

The Gigabyte barely was Tom's choice. A Guy
Thanks for the TomsHardware page that was interesting. The Gigabyte and the Asus mobos are basically exactly the same except Asus comes with more accessories. But then the
Gigabyte is about $20 (AUD) cheaper. It also came top in the TomsHardware contest, If that means anything.

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19 Sep 2010   #12
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

I personally have an ASUS board, but Gigabyte was my second choice. They use a very good copper base, and have a good BIOS as does ASUS. The only real difference I could find is that apparently the ASUS doesn't use the PCIE lanes for the USB3/SATA3 features. Therefore they wouldn't slow down any SLI/Crossfire setup. Only important if you game and plan on running multiple GPU's. I believe either of those boards will serve you well. A Guy
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19 Sep 2010   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

This is tough, but I will probably go for the Asus and pay the extra 20 dollars.
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19 Sep 2010   #14

windows 7 home premium 64

I had the gigabyte MB and then upgraded to the ASUS. Both worked well but the ASUS is by far a better MB. The problem with the new ASUS MB is that if you run a SATA 3.0 you will find that you can't run the SATA in Raid. The default looks for port 1 and 2 as the only option for the operating system. There is some sort of problem with Raid for Sata 3. Be careful if this is what you plan. And most of all the Sata 3 sucks as it is a meager Sata 2 with just the name of a Sata 3.
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