- 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.
-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.