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As the title states. The V-pro I have likes to take care of hdd's and now took a ssd. Tired of playing around with drivers, os's and multi meters to see the root cause. So, mobo is going.


Looking for anything that will do it's job and not be a person on "their time of the month".. No time to mess around since I now do 80+h a week...


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Pro-V looks like a poop board anyway.
 
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I've had problems with both "v" boards I've had so far. Z68 and 77... ROG has never held me back, but now I don't have time to mess around anymore...

Thanks for the replies so far.
 
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Oh, when I clicked on his link it didn't mention the free gifts
 
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I'm guessing with 2400 memory a biostar might not be great for you. At first I was going to say a sabertooth, can be had for $230 now, but the platform for that may be really similar to those V boards. Then again they like to change up the chipsets for each price tier so it may be different enough. There really aren't any boards out there that have been trouble free for everyone haha

This could be worth a look though http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157328
 
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I don't mind a bit of issue here or there.. but when drivers crap and I lose 6tb of data and a ssd... all needing rma... I want something with a little better track record...
 

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I am currently using this:
ASRock Z77 Extreme6

Good IMO. Overclocks better than ASRock Z77 Extreme4, which has heat issues I think.
 
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Cadaveca, the biostar gift doesn't work.... :cry:


The Gig-ud5 is looking good. I'm still leaning on the Max v... since 1-3 was good to me... Just still racking the brain..
 
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What's up with all the Biostar love? I've never had anything but trouble with their boards. Or rather, I've seen far too many systems based on them brought in for service over the years... In my personal experience as a service tech, the only brand that has worse track record than them is ECS.

Why not a nice ASRock Extreme4/6 or Gigabyte UD3/4/5? MSI even?
 
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Biostar make good mobos especially their T-series is/was very nice ,and while searching AM3+ mobo i saw they used very high quality VRMs on their mobos but not available in my country atm

What's up with all the Biostar love?
 

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What's up with all the Biostar love? I've never had anything but trouble with their boards. Or rather, I've seen far too many systems based on them brought in for service over the years... In my personal experience as a service tech, the only brand that has worse track record than them is ECS.

Why not a nice ASRock Extreme4/6 or Gigabyte UD3/4/5? MSI even?
Honestly, the deal is that Intel has an excellent motherboard design team, so the base that all the OEMs started out with was very very good, including built-in overclocking, through XTU.


Well, Intel had. :(

'Twas honestly a sad thing to hear Intel closed that down.

That said, you can get a good board from anyone. Pick your colors. I've rated all the boards I've reviewed highly for a reason. :p They really are good.


As to the TZ77XE4, as Crazyeyes, he bought one on my recommendation, and even Chief Broken Rig couldn't kill it. :roll:
 
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my MSI Z77-g45 has been holding up like a champpppppppp, with my 2600k OC at 4.4, got it for around 100 bucks
 
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Honestly, the deal is that Intel has an excellent motherboard design team, so the base that all the OEMs started out with was very very good, including built-in overclocking, through XTU.


Well, Intel had. :(

'Twas honestly a sad thing to hear Intel closed that down.

That said, you can get a good board from anyone. Pick your colors. I've rated all the boards I've reviewed highly for a reason. :p They really are good.


As to the TZ77XE4, as Crazyeyes, he bought one on my recommendation, and even Chief Broken Rig couldn't kill it. :roll:



I did like the TZ77XE4 alot when it first came out. wish you gave it a review, instead of a preview, but we know that was due to the timing of the beast..

Blah, torn between the Rog Max V and that biostar.. I have the Tz77Mxe and love it.. just waiting for the rma on that.. but, don't care so much on it's bios
 
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I am currently using this:
ASRock Z77 Extreme6

Good IMO. Overclocks better than ASRock Z77 Extreme4, which has heat issues I think.
I second this. Since I've had mine up and running, it's been great. No heat issues, lots of connectivity options, plenty of USB 3.0 hookups, PCIe 3.0, lots of BIOS options and so on.

The ONLY thing I'd do differently is not installing the bloatware that comes with it.

As for Asus, I've lost faith in their products. All of the Asus boards I've had were supposedly awesome, yet didn't perform all that well. Voltage regulation has been sub par. I've gotten better overclocks on lower priced or supposedly inferior boards than on the overpriced Asus products.

Note that has been on several different gen products starting all the way back with socket 939.
 
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The Gig-ud5 is looking good.
First hand experience, it's awesome. I ended up with the rev1.1 from Microcenter, with purchase of a 3570k, the board was only $140.
 
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I like my Gigabyte Z77X UD3H. Best motherboard experience I've ever had.
 

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I like my Gigabyte Z77X UD3H. Best motherboard experience I've ever had.
Yea I have the Z68X-UD3H B3 PCI 3.0 board and it has been a real pleasure to own. It clocks very well and have PCIex 3.0 (with ivy installed).