Originally Posted by 20mmrain
These maybe the options I am referring too. If that is the case then I misspoke. Either way I was not trying to get too technical with it. I was listing out my reasons for choosing the way I did.
The buddy I refer to is actually coming over tomorrow so that we may update his BIOS for better stability when overclocking. I will review my findings then. If I am wrong I will come back here and admit it.
But until then I stand by my thoughts. As the saying goes "Your first choice is usually the right choice" and my first choice tells me I remember something bigger then fan controls.
Do you own both boards? While I don't I own the Sniper and have actually used the UD5.
As for the PLX Bridge chip..... show me concert proof they lower performance enough to even worry about. The PLX/NF200 issues you speak of are not even enough to be noticed by benchmarks let alone a human brain.
I would still put the PLX speed against cards going x8/x8 through the CPU. That there actually is performance loss on. (Even if it's just a little a few hundred points)
This is coming who has been comparing his benchmarks to people who are running X79 systems W/O the PLX chip.
I would also like to add the direct comparison to GTX 680 SLI vs the GTX 690 (Which uses a PLX chip) and is only about 5% slower because of the clocks.... not the PLX chip
As I stated by my original post....I said the Z77-UD5 is a great solid board that would do for most everyone. I also said I was considering that board before any other until the sniper released.
But as you stated the Gigabyte Sniper 3 is better in a good amount of ways.
Yikes!!! i just thought the ud5 would match better