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Which Motherboard?: MSI Z77A-G45 vs GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD3H

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been extremely satisfied with my GD80. Considering the price difference, most definently MSI
 
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i currently have the g45 and its a damn sexy board for the price, when i first got it was 165 over at frys, but the price matched newegg for 120, soo it was a steal.
 
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The Gigabyte board has one more PCI 1* slot than the MSI board. The MSI board has one mSATA connection while the Gigabyte board has none. Other than that, I don't see a difference in features.

Also, some food for though. The highest Intel IB overclock in 3dmark11 was done with the MSI MPower board.

The latest world record by T0lsty is the highest CPU speed for any 3rd generation Intel Core CPU in 3DMark 11 @ 6213 MHz (validation).
http://www.techpowerup.com/174864/MSI-dominates-3DMark-11-Performance.html
 
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theyre basically the same. The 2 msi pcie slots run at 16x while the gigabytes slots run at 16x and 8x
 
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From what you guys are telling me, I should basically definitely get the MSI one.
The only thing I could tell is different, is:

MSI: 2 USB 3.0
Gigabyte: 6 USB 3.0
--- verdict: Extra USB 3.0 is not important to me.

Gigabyte has one more PCI 1x slot
--- verdict: the only PCI things I will be using are the Wireless card and Graphics card. So this benefit is useless to me.

Extra Features:
Both have different names, but overall, it seems to be pretty even.
--- verdict: not enough knowledge to know if one is better than the other.

Overall, it's looking like the MSI is a steal!


@xxdozer: I looked at your system specs, and it's very similar to what I want in my system. So if you are happy with the MSI Z77A-G45, then I will be too!
 
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trust me you will, i went from an amd build to this, and i couldnt be happier! cheers! and for the price its THEE PERFECT deal.
 

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theyre basically the same. The 2 msi pcie slots run at 16x while the gigabytes slots run at 16x and 8x
If both slots are populated they will run at 8x on both motherboards.
 
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ahhh ok, im still new at this lol
 
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nopeeee. youre good.
 

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Good to know!
Would this mean if I added also a PCI wireless-n card, that it would lower PCI graphics performance?
There is no PCI slot on the MSI board.



A PCI-E 1x or USB based card would work fine. Neither will change the performance.