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Best motherboard with UEFI?

Ectropy
  • 86 months ago

I'm trying to decide on a motherboard with UEFI that will work with a i7-3770K.


So here's some things I know I want:

-UEFI, for really fast boot times on Windows 8.

-At least one 6GB/s SATA port, for a SSD

-A max of 32GB of RAM

-Enough slots for 2-card SLI. More is okay, but realistically, I'll probably never buy more than 2.

-Ability to use the i7's integrated graphics. It's possible I'll buy my GPU later if I run out of money.

-Stable and/or reliable and/or easy overclocking. I don't plan on doing any extreme overclocking, but knowing myself I will certainly try it. I've never had an overclock-able CPU before.


Optional

-Firewire, for use with my miniDV camera

-eSATA, for use with an external HDD I own.

-Thunderbolt, I don't have anything to use with this, but it's possible I might in the future. Not a big factor

-RAM speeds higher than 1600. (I don't plan to buy faster RAM at the moment.)


So far I've found a few boards that seem like they'll work and fit many of my criteria, but I'm having a hard time finding significant advantages or disadvantages. A lot of the features seem pretty similar.

ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790

ASUS P8Z77-V LK http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131837

ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131818

ASRock Z77 Extreme4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157293

ASRock Z77 Extreme6 (Maybe the best for my purposes?) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157295

EDIT: There's also a Extreme6 that drops DVI and adds two thunderbolt ports.

ASRock Z77 Extreme6/TB4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157344

My budget for a motherboard is probably going to be <$200, unless there is a very compelling reason to go higher.

Any suggestions or input? Especially if you have one of these boards or a similar one with UEFI that I missed. UEFI is the one thing I'm refusing to compromise on.

Comments

  • 86 months ago
  • 3 points

Here are some Gigabyte boards you might want to look into. 1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128583

  1. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128551 -G1.Sniper M3

  2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128545

  3. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128558 - this last one actually has thunderbolt ports! But anyway enjoy and good luck with your build!

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks! These ones look good too! So many good options to choose from. I guess whichever I decide on, I probably won't go wrong.

  • 86 months ago
  • 2 points

Extreme6! I have it and I couldn't ask for more, you get alot for the money and the bios is very easy. One of the perks is the extreme6 (and 4?) combine integrated graphics and discrete graphics power together for a little boost.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

Well that's a cool little feature. I think the Extreme6 is one of my top 2 right now, because it has both eSATA and Firewire.

The other board that has both is the GIGABYTE GA-Z77X-UD5H. But I'm not sure I really need the dual gigabit Ethernet.

Then again the Extreme6 has an old mouse/keyboard port I'm unlikely to ever use.

  • 86 months ago
  • 1 point

I haven't purchased it yet, but I think I'm going to go with the ASRock Z77 Extreme6/TB4 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157344

Few reasons why:

Once I have a graphics card, trading the DVI port for thunderbolt ports wont be an issue.

This ASRock motherboard beat Asus and Gigabyte in a Windows 8 boot time test with a staggering 4.5 second boot up. With the right motherboard settings in place the boot is blazing fast.

It has the old style Firewire port, which I still use.

It has an eSATA port which is the fastest interface on one of my external hard drives.

Slots for two graphics cards if I choose to do SLI or Crossfire. (Apparently it could use 4 if I wanted to... which would be crazy.)

A large amount of SATA interfaces for multiple drives.

Lucid Virtu MVP - Lets the computer use both my GPU and CPU's iGPU. Not sure how well this performs, but I'd imagine it will help with video rendering at the very least.

Overall I'm pretty comfortable that this is the board for me.

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