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Which Mobo should I buy - GA-Z68M-D2H or Asus P8Z68-M PRO

post #1 of 7
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Hi all,

I just wanted to get some advice on which Micro ATX mobo I should buy for my HTPC.

The PC is going to go in a Wesena case. The only difference I can see between the boards is the ASUS runs the new EFI Bios. where is Gigabyte runs the traditional Bios. ASUS has Esata at the back also

If any one has used either or and can post some feedback it would be great.

Cheers
post #2 of 7
I'm looking at the same 2 Z68 boards right now, plus the MSI G55. I'm leaning ASUS or MSI because I'd like to get a board with UEFI bios.

I haven't bought a mobo in a while and it really makes your choice tough when you look at the reviews on Newegg for ASUS and Gigabyte boards (MSI reviews are not real great either). I know ASUS and Gigabyte have always been top notch mobo manufacturers but, every review you read makes them sound like a crap-shoot.

To be fair, the majority if people who receive a good product don't write reviews so you usually end up reading the reviews from the un-happy people.

One thing about the ASUS Z68 boards, from what I've read on Newegg reviews and other PC sites, the ASUS Z68 boards are extremely picky about what RAM is used. If you go with ASUS, make sure the RAM you buy is on their recommended list for your board.

Awaiting to hear what those who have bought a Z68 ASUS or Giga board (MSI too) lately have to say.

Habe
post #3 of 7
I bought the GA-Z68MX-UD2H-B3 because it has a total of four USB 3.0 ports (two on the back and a motherboard header for two more). I reused my Silverstone Grandia GD02 case. I have had it almost three weeks with no problems. I5-2405S, Windows 7 Pro 64 and 8GB RAM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128503
post #4 of 7
I have the Gigabyte board. I have always liked Gigabyte with Asus coming in second (and now AsRock). I don't think you will go wrong with either choice.

I agree with habe that you should buy the ram that the MB manufuacturer recommends. There are usually dozens of choices and Newegg probably carries them all. Why take a chance on unsuported/untested ram?

Pesonnally, I wouldn't get too caught up in whether it uses UEFI Bios. I don't think you will spend much time in the BIOS once you get it setup. The Gigabyte does not have the UEFI - but they have their own (Windows) utility for power control and over/under-clocking so you don't really need to go into the Bios anyway.
post #5 of 7
I just ordered the Asus P8Z68-M PRO to stick in my Silverstone Crown CW03. I am coming from the GIGABYTE GA-E7AUM-DS2H 775
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Originally Posted by CountryBumkin View Post

I have the Gigabyte board. I have always liked Gigabyte with Asus coming in second (and now AsRock). I don't think you will go wrong with either choice.

I agree with habe that you should buy the ram that the MB manufuacturer recommends. There are usually dozens of choices and Newegg probably carries them all. Why take a chance on unsuported/untested ram?

Pesonnally, I wouldn't get too caught up in whether it uses UEFI Bios. I don't think you will spend much time in the BIOS once you get it setup. The Gigabyte does not have the UEFI - but they have their own (Windows) utility for power control and over/under-clocking so you don't really need to go into the Bios anyway.

Gigabyte makes high end enthusiast boards for overclocking and all that jazz. They are very well built but tend to consume more electrons. I'm thinking the give away on power hungry boards is that they have large heatsinks all over the place.
post #7 of 7
Just installed the GA-Z68M-D2H-B3 board yesterday in my Media PC. It worked flawlessly right out of the gate. EasyTune 6 is the Windows app that comes with it for tuning and is very easy to use. Over-clocked to 4 GHz just to see how it worked. The result in Handbrake was pretty drastic (about 50 FPS), but it does get hot quickly when you let it run at that speed for too long.

The BIOS is straight forward and easy to use.
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