riviera74 wrote:When it is time for me to build my next system, I will probably go Ivy Bridge rather than Sandy Bridge. Which motherboard is the best one given a $200 budget?
flip-mode wrote:AsRock doesn't have my confidence. Their boards are hit or miss. Same with Gigabyte. Asus is the only mobo maker that seems to stick the landing every single time. Asus has the best EFI, period, and that's a huge value. Asus's "pro" boards include the quick connect jumper block. You may pay more for an Asus mobo but it is worth it. I've tried boards from almost everyone else (haven't tired MSI, but AsRock, Gigabyte, ECS, Biostar, DFI, Abit) and the mobos that delivered the best experience were always the Asus mobos - stability, compatibility, BIOS, features, overclocking, quality, continuing manufacture support, etc.
As for the question of "which is the best <= $200 Z77 motherbard, the question is far, far too unspecific. There are absolutely no usage details provided. Overclocking? SLI-fire? Feature requests? Importance of network and audio implementations? Desired storage features? Considering m-ATX?
I just ordered the P8Z77m-Pro for a workstation build, but it's got all the enthusiast features I'd want and it would be the board I'd pick for my own build. And it's m-ATX, which I think is the sweet spot (full ATX boards are usually completely unnecessary these days). And it's only $170. If you're looking for just insane, refrigerant-cooled overclocking then you might pick a different board, but other than that...
riviera74 wrote:I do agree that Asus is probably the best MoBo brand out there. I looked at the P8Z77M-Pro and I am impressed. What is your take on this one?
I saved $15 by getting mine in combination with the Core i5-3570K.flip-mode wrote:I just ordered the P8Z77m-Pro for a workstation build, but it's got all the enthusiast features I'd want and it would be the board I'd pick for my own build. And it's m-ATX, which I think is the sweet spot (full ATX boards are usually completely unnecessary these days). And it's only $170.
The ells on the Asus SATA cables are turned the wrong way (so that the cables turn down out of the port). That's fine for many hard-drive installations, but it completely sucks when their motherboard has the SATA ports stuck off of the front edge. Having the ell turn the SATA cable down into the motherboard tray just doesn't work.flip-mode wrote:I'm also a little annoyed that all the included SATA cables have 90 degree connectors on one end. The case I'm using render's 90-degree connectors completely useless (don't ask) so I had to use the 90's at the mobo and that means on SATA port get's block at each cable. No real practical impact there since I was still able to connect all of my drives.
wirerogue wrote:anand has a great review of 4 z77 boards from gigabyte, asus, asrock and msi. http://www.anandtech.com/show/5793/intel-z77-motherboard-review-with-ivy-bridge-asrock-asus-gigabyte-and-msi
should help you with your decision. all the boards did well and it seem to come down to price vs features. as usual.
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