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Z87 Motherboard Choices

Postposted on Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:44 am

Here is the context of my question, but feel free to discuss any of the Z87 motherboards, etc.

It is finally time to upgrade my system. The old Q6600 was good to me, but I'd like to take advantage of the power savings of the new hardware and I need USB 3.0 for data transfer to HDD and flash drives, etc. I have an HD 7950 and a Samsung 840 Pro 256, bought recently in anticipation of this upgrade, that will be reused for this build. I have decided to spring for the i7-4770K but I'd like ya'll to discuss your opinions on motherboard choices. I know that they are all just announced so this is just a feature oriented discussion with very little real experience with the chipset, individual motherboards, etc. I am not worried about the USB bug in the chipset, I very rarely have a USB key left in the system anyhow. I was thinking of sticking with ATX form factor and I was planning on using a Silverstone FT02B as my case, but I am open to anything really. I think I would like to avoid any motherboards with active chipset cooling. The FT02b has plenty of airflow to keep the components cool anyhow.

So what do you think about the Z87 motherboards that have been announced? Any favorites? I am currently thinking about the Asus Z87 Expert and the Maximus VI Hero. But I am open to any/all suggestions. What do you like? Should I be sure to get a mobo with thunderbolt support? What are the important features for this generation of motherboards?
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Re: Z87 Motherboard Choices

Postposted on Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:25 am

I upgraded to IVB, but the AsRock Z87M Extreme4 caught my eye. Pretty feature-packed for the price.
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Re: Z87 Motherboard Choices

Postposted on Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:04 pm

Gigabyte gets my nod for Ivy Bridge boards for being as good as ASUS for the most part, but at much more reasonable prices.

I've always liked the no-nonsense approach MSI takes with their hardware, and it's hard to not like ASUS' tweaked UEFI BIOS and improved windows tools in the just-published TR review of the Z87-Pro.
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Re: Z87 Motherboard Choices

Postposted on Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:50 pm

The important features are all built-in now; we have extra USB3 ports and extra SATA3 ports right on the south-bridge, so even the lowest end models will be well-equipped.

If you're not planning on massive overclocking (and if you're buying Haswell, well...) and you're not planning on adding a second HD7950, then you really aren't missing anything aside from Thunderbolt. And hell, unless you have a specific need for that particular interface, USB3 and eSATA cover the spectrum much better.

The only 'if' comes from the integrated audio, but without specific reviews, I can't say I'd actually trust any of these makers to do something actually useful. And I'd still rather power a set of cans with a USB DAC/Amp and a surround-sound system with a receiver hooked up through HDMI, neither of which would make use of the integrated audio.
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Re: Z87 Motherboard Choices

Postposted on Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:05 pm

I've just completed a new build on the Asus Gryphon Z87. So far, so good.
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Re: Z87 Motherboard Choices

Postposted on Thu Jun 06, 2013 7:31 am

Well I got impatient and ordered the ASUS Z87-PRO. It looked like it would be fine after reading the TR review. I hope there aren't any revelations that make me regret my choice, but that is the cost of early adoption, huh?
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Re: Z87 Motherboard Choices

Postposted on Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:42 pm

I thought about going with the Asus Z87-Pro myself but decided to save the $35 and go with the ASRock Z87 Xtreme6 because I really don't need the wireless lan that the Asus motherboard has onboard and have had good fortune with the ASRock Z68 Pro3-M board in my home theatre PC. im hoping the whole upgrade is worth it considering I had to only buy the CPU, motherboard, and a 1 TB hard drive. everything else I have spare parts laying around already.
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Re: Z87 Motherboard Choices

Postposted on Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:50 pm

In the front page comments and in another thread, I wrote: Micro-ATX Z87 motherboards:
$115 ASRock Z87M Pro4, $117½ MSI Z87M-G43, $125 Gigabyte GA-Z87MX-D3H, $140 Asus Z87M-Plus, $146 ASRock Z87M Extreme4, $180 Asus Gryphon Z87, $198 ASRock Z87M OC Formula, $210 Gigabyte GA-G1.Sniper M5, $210 Asus Maximus VI Gene

ATX Z87 motherboards:
$110 MSI Z87-G41, $115 ASRock Z87 Pro4, $125 Gigabyte GA-Z87-D3HP, $140 Asus Z87-A, $150 ASRock Z87 Extreme4, $150 MSI Z87-G45 Gaming
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Re: Z87 Motherboard Choices

Postposted on Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:03 am

Any thoughts on Microcenter's CPU bundle motherboards?

The $60 MSI one looks pretty barebones...but I'm not planning to do SLI, and have no present need to overclock either.
http://www.microcenter.com/site/brands/ ... ndles.aspx
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Re: Z87 Motherboard Choices

Postposted on Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:50 am

jossie wrote:Any thoughts on Microcenter's CPU bundle motherboards?

The $60 MSI one looks pretty barebones...but I'm not planning to do SLI, and have no present need to overclock either.
http://www.microcenter.com/site/brands/ ... ndles.aspx


If you're not planning to do SLI or overclock... why are you here?

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You are planning to overclock, plain and simple. Might as well be ready to do that now so you don't have to replace stuff later. And SLI? 4k TVs are available today, and SLI is a stupid simple way to nearly double your GPU throughput to try to take advantage of all of that new, wide open render space.

At either rate, and this is a generic recommendation, the 4670k with either the cheapest ASUS board or the ASRock Extreme 4 are positioned as the best bang for your buck. Any questions?
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Re: Z87 Motherboard Choices

Postposted on Sun Jun 23, 2013 3:03 am

I've checked out [H]'s review of the cheap MSI's previous iteration, and they did not like it very much. I think I'll go with the Asus Z87-A, which they did review and highly recommend.
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Re: Z87 Motherboard Choices

Postposted on Sun Jun 23, 2013 7:06 am

jossie wrote:I've checked out [H]'s review of the cheap MSI's previous iteration, and they did not like it very much. I think I'll go with the Asus Z87-A, which they did review and highly recommend.


Anything but the bottom barrel Asus generally comes very well recommended, just need to read reviews to ensure that any special or unique features you may be basing your purchase on are implemented correctly. Same can be said for ASRock though; from the 'Extreme4' line on up they tend to be fairly solid, and less expensive.

Given a small price difference or excess budget between Asus and the competition, though, I'd go Asus every time. Only reason I'm running ASRock today was the >$40 gap for feature parity at the time of the Z68 chipset's release.
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