Gigabyte z77x UD3H vs AsRock z77 extreme 4?

Discussion in 'Motherboards' started by kriviful, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. kriviful

    kriviful Junior Member

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    Hello everyone! This is the first thread I'm making. I'm building my first PC and will buy the parts for like 3 weeks or so. The build goes:
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 912
    CPU: Intel i5 3570k
    GPU: Sapphire 7870 2GB Ghz edition
    PSU: Seasonic 650AM
    RAM: 8gb ddr3 Corsair Vengeance
    HDD: Seagate Barracuda 1tb 64mb st1000dm003
    Now I don't know what motherboard to take between those 2. They seem best for my price range but just I don't know which one to pick (their price difference doesn't matter to me). Which board is better and why?
     
  2. pauldun170

    pauldun170 Diamond Member

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    Asrock posts quicker, 1 esata port
    Gigbyte slightly sturdier and proper dimensions, 2 eSata ports

    Asrock uses Realtek ALC898
    Gigabyte uses VIA VT2021

    Asrock uses 8 + 4 Phase Design
    gigabyte uses 9+2 phase design

    Asrock uses Broadcom BCM57781 lan
    not sure about Gigabyte

    Gigabyte has VIA USB ports
    Asrock uses Etron


     
  3. kleinkinstein

    kleinkinstein Senior member

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    Flip a coin. Yes, really!
     
  4. I4AT

    I4AT Platinum Member

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    When I was looking at motherboards I went with the Z77X D3H.

    The UD3H only has 2x SATA 6Gbps headers onboard. The other 2 are moved to the rear panel as eSATA ports. It would have made more sense to use SATA 3Gbps for the eSATA ports because those are mainly going to be used for storage drives where the extra speed is wasted, I can't imagine anyone would be using SSD's as external backups.

    Aside from that all 3 boards are fairly similar with the exception of a few less USB3 ports for the Asrock and no eSATA for the D3H. The Asrock is supposed to be a quick booter as previously mentioned, and it can typically be found for $105 with no rebates which generally makes it about $20 cheaper than the Gigabyte options.

    I don't think you can go wrong with either one unless a specific layout/IO option would be more suitable for your case/application.
     
  5. WiseUp216

    WiseUp216 Platinum Member

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    I like the Asrock Extreme4 and can say that its been a solid board for me for the last 6 months.

    If the price difference doesn't matter to you, just pick the one that you think looks the best. You won't find a consensus here for either board. Both are good buys.
     
  6. lehtv

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    Gigabyte has better layout and more expansion slots, including a 2.0 x4 slot which Asrock lacks entirely.

    Gigabyte has an mSATA slot.

    Gigabyte has DisplayPort which supports up to 2560x1600 via the integrated GPU.

    Gigabyte has four chassis fan headers versus Asrock's three.

    Also, Gigabyte's LAN is Atheros
     
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  7. pauldun170

    pauldun170 Diamond Member

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    I had to look up what the mSata was. LOL
    Only thing that makes me a little suspicious on the Gigabyte board is the use of VIA usb3 ...seen some reports of driver issues.

    Just tossing up more info for OP
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5793/...-with-ivy-bridge-asrock-asus-gigabyte-and-msi

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Gigabyte-Z77X-UD3H-Motherboard/1520/9
     
  8. kriviful

    kriviful Junior Member

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    Well thanks for all the information! I was searching about the two boards a little and some people say AsRock board is harder to mount because it is a bit shorter than the standard ATX. I guess I will go for Gigabyte! Thanks again!
     
  9. pauldun170

    pauldun170 Diamond Member

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    Just to clarify..
    The Asrock is not "harder to mount"
    Its just that there is no support along the front edge of the board because it doesn't reach the leading edge standoffs on most cases.
    You have to be make sure the board is braced prior to adding ram, hooking up connectors. Otherwise its flexes when you apply pressure.
     
  10. TechBoy101

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    Welcome to the Gigabyte family haha I use a gigabyte myself seems worth it but there is a lot of hype around the Extreme 4 kinda curious how it is now though.. maybe next time but still really glad I got the UD3H.
     
  11. infoiltrator

    infoiltrator Senior member

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