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Windows 7: UD5H vs P8Z77-V


03 Mar 2013   #1

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UD5H vs P8Z77-V

Hi guys,

A mate of mine is looking at building a gaming PC and wanted me to help him plan it but I'm stuck for choice on the mobo. Would you recommend a Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H or a ASUS P8Z77-V PRO? I have the ASUS in my PC so I might be a little biased here so I wanted to hear a few other opinions

Asus P8Z77-V PRO Z77 Socket 1155 8 Channel HD Audio.. | Ebuyer.com

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H Socket 1155 VGA DVI HDMI.. | Ebuyer.com

Thanks!

Tom


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03 Mar 2013   #2

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Any other components that you can give us? Just out of the two, I'd go with the Asus -V Pro without knowing the other parts of the system.
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04 Mar 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Disclaimer: I am partial to Asus over Gigabyte. That being said, I would go with the Asus board. The Asus is cheaper and appears to have more useful features than the Gigabyte. The one thing I like about the Asus, is the dual bios. While they are mot real dual bios, they are 2 bios chips. The have helped me and saved me a lot of times. Also, the Asus does not use the Marvell controller, but ASmedia instead. I have ASMedia and have no issues with it. I had several problems with Marvell. As best I can tell from the description, your Mate could run 3 way SLI on the Asus, but not on the Gigabyte. I don't know how it comes out, but the Asus mentions PCIe 3.0 16 slots, and there is no mention of PCIe 3.0 on the Gigabyte other than to say the 1 slot will run PCIe 2.0 with a Sandy Bridge CPU installed. It makes no mention of what it runs with Ivy Bridge installed.

I think with these things in mind, and a couple more, I would go with the Asus, for sure.
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04 Mar 2013   #4

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
Any other components that you can give us? Just out of the two, I'd go with the Asus -V Pro without knowing the other parts of the system.
+1 I have the 'straight" -V and cannot speak highly enough of it.

To get a good look at both try YouTubes



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04 Mar 2013   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Sure, here's the build so far.

Mobo
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO
CPU Intel i5-3570k
RAM Ballistix Tactical LP 16GB
Graphics Gigabyte RadeonHD 7870
Storage Samsung 840 120GB
Case Coolermaster CM690 II Lite
PSU Coolermaster GX 650W PSU
Monitor LG IPS237L-BN
Keyboard
Cooler Enermax ETS-T40-TB

The case and PSU are part of a bundle and are only temporary for now because I'm not too keen on putting a CM PSU in it.

Thank you all so much for the recommendations. I love my P8Z77-V as well so it's nice to know I'm not alone I will go for the ASUS.

Tom
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04 Mar 2013   #6

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I have the Gigabyte GAZ77 UD5H motherboard. Its been running flawlessly since August when it was built. I have an i7 3770 CPU and 16GB of RAM. I don't use mine for gaming, its used for my recording studio PC (with Sonar X2 software) and recording programs can be demanding.

I also have another system with an ASRock Z77 Professional Fatl1ty, but I've had nothing but problems with it (I'm on my second board and its failing) and wouldn't recommend this, even though its supposed to be a gaming board.
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04 Mar 2013   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

That's why I always recommend either Asus, Gigabyte, or MSI.......I know several people have had success with the "high-end" boards from ASRock, but I don't think they are quite there yet. I think either board will be just fine, my preference would be the Asus though. As far as support goes though, I think Asus and Gigabyte are equally crappy in that area.
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04 Mar 2013   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

Kelly, I have an Asrock Extreme 4 P67 board. I bought it as soon as the famous B3 debacle of Intel. It has been a fantastic board and is still running in my other rig. While they do still have some issues, I do think they pretty much have the 1155 chipset down pretty well. I had another Asrock board the worked very well, and would not be afraid to buy another. But, like you, I prefer Asus. I still think Asus makes the best boards, but they do seem to be slipping a little. I had to RMA my Maximus V Extreme, twice for them to get it right. But, so far it is running great. But, I would have to say, that should not be necessary for Asus top of the line board.
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04 Mar 2013   #9

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

My ASRock Z77 Professional Fatl1ty board has UEFI BIOS but I can't install Win 7 or Win 8 under UEFI (it fails at the first reboot during the Win 8 install and cannot be repaired). However, its working OK with Win 7 (initially) and now Win 8, with an MBR formatted hard drive.
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04 Mar 2013   #10

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
Kelly, I have an Asrock Extreme 4 P67 board. I bought it as soon as the famous B3 debacle of Intel. It has been a fantastic board and is still running in my other rig. While they do still have some issues, I do think they pretty much have the 1155 chipset down pretty well. I had another Asrock board the worked very well, and would not be afraid to buy another. But, like you, I prefer Asus. I still think Asus makes the best boards, but they do seem to be slipping a little. I had to RMA my Maximus V Extreme, twice for them to get it right. But, so far it is running great. But, I would have to say, that should not be necessary for Asus top of the line board.
Yes, to me it sounds like Asrock has a handful of boards that are solid, but I can't recommend them completely because of all of the problems they have with their mid-low end boards. If they continue to do as well as they have in the past, I expect some good things from them.
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