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Split between 2 mobo's...which would you pick?


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#1 Venek

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 12:43 PM

First things first, should I bother upgrading from my EVGA nForce 680i SLI mobo? It's still great, but I can't help but wonder if I'm really missing out on the Intel i-series processors. Also, I've heard a lot of good things about the Z68 North Bridge setup that's supposed to be wonderful for the Sandy Bridge architecture.

That said, I've been looking at mobo's on newegg for a while now and I've come down to two choices, very similar in features and price. Without further ado, the two mobo's I'm considering are:

GIGABYTE GA-Z68A-D3H-B3

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ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3

Maybe the biggest difference between the two is that the ASRock has PCI Express 3.0, but from what I've read, it's not really that big of a deal. I've had a Gigabyte board once before and it's treated me well.

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 01:06 PM

I would go for the Gigabyte board because of their quality.

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 01:18 PM

I would go for the Gigabyte board because of their quality.



Yeah, I'm leaning towards Gigabyte too, although I'm looking at other Gigabyte boards now too. I'm so wishy-washy...
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Posted 17 September 2011 - 05:08 PM

I wouldnt mess with asrock, theyre not bad, but theyre not great either theyre asus's budget boards. I think I would either go gigabyte, or perhaps look at some actual asus boards.

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 09:14 PM

Some Asus boards can be finicky.

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Posted 17 September 2011 - 10:02 PM

Thanks gentlemen, I've been looking at the Gigabyte boards a bit more and I think I've finally narrowed down my choice to this one:

GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3

Thoughts on this particular board? Normally I'd go with an EVGA board as that's what's I'm using now and I love it to hell. Unfortunately, their cheapest Z68 ATX board goes for $200, which is just a bit too rich for me, but it does look spectacular.
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Posted 18 September 2011 - 01:07 AM

It's a nicer board and with few extra bell and whistles.

Edited by killerx525, 18 September 2011 - 08:17 AM.

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 07:54 AM

Not to ask a dumb question or anything, but I'm teetering back and forth on the two Gigabyte boards I listed here. I want to go with the cheaper one for the sake of saving money, but I'm concerned about the fact that it has only 3 audio ports and I didn't see a black port for my subwoofer. Being that I'm hard-of-hearing, I'm perfectly happy with just my two speakers and subwoofer (which is really what does it for me). Can I plug in my two speakers and the subwoofer into those 3 audio ports or do I have to get one with 6 ports that's color coded for the speakers and subwoofer?
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Posted 18 September 2011 - 08:28 AM

I don't think their is subwoofer port. What speakers do you have?

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 08:30 AM

Just an older but still-working and great-sounding Altec Lansing 4.1 speakers. I don't bother with the rear speakers, though, I just stick with the front speakers and the subwoofer (I only hear out of one ear, so surround sound is useless to me).

So I'd have to get a mobo that has a subwoofer port, then? That means a board with 6 audio ports, right? I guess I don't understand why the board would say it has 8-channel audio but only has 3 audio ports *shrugs*.
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Posted 18 September 2011 - 08:33 AM

Can i have the exact model of the speakers or you can link to me the model on the website?

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 08:36 AM

Ha, not really, I bought them like a good 7 or 8 years ago, if not actually more than that. I can't be bothered to look up my model, but I can tell you that the jacks are just your regular standard analog jacks.
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Posted 18 September 2011 - 07:03 PM

Hello venek and welcome to Bleeping Computer.

The GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 motherboard you linked to above is the 1.0 revision of this motherboard.

It is always recommended that as you research a particular motherboard, that you go to the vendors website for futher information, which can include a copy of the motherboard user manual.

Those items are not supplied on web sites that sell the products such as e-bay or Newegg.

http://www.gigabyte.bz/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3853&dl=1#ov


You can download the .pdf user manual below and search through it for information about those 6 color coded audio ports. (Note: Adobe reader 10 required to view document)

http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList/Manual/mb_manual_ga-z68x-ud3h-b3_e.pdf

Please go to page 106 of that owners manual where it says 5-2 Configuring Audio Input and Output

It shows a map of the 6 audio ports.

The ORANGE port is the sub-woofer output.

GREEN is front speaker out.

BLACK is rear speaker out.

WHITE is side speaker out.

BLUE is line in.

PINK is microphone in.


The motherboard also comes with an S/PDIF Out port.

More information on that port on page 108 where it says: 5-2-2 Configuring S/PDIF Out

Those ports are for Digital speakers.

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 08:51 PM

Oreo,

I did notice the version number on Gigabyte's website, it says 1.3, but I couldn't find out which one Newegg was selling, 1.0 or 1.3 (I was assuming the latter). I hadn't thought of downloading the PDF manual to check out the specs further, I'll have to remember that, thanks.

As for the audio ports, thanks for the clarification, that helps.
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Posted 19 September 2011 - 08:51 AM

Oh, never mind, I see how you found out which revision it is. Hope it won't take Newegg long to stock 1.3.
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