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    Questions (retired) [updated in new thread]

    oops title typo, meant z97 boards. Well I found what I was looking for and its what I have. Someone kick intel in the rear and make em stop working on graphics and back to stuff we can use so I can upgrade.

    Started a new thread: http://rog.asus.com/forum/showthread...409#post405409

    For reference:

    If you go to the older asus maximus forums you can see my issues with me being the only one replying as I trouble shoot my issues with the GTX 780 / 780 TI.

    I decided my option is to upgrade. So some questions. (I did some research but its unclear or vague some of this stuff)


    First what I don't need/want:

    -M.2
    -SLI/Crossfire
    -100 USB/Sata ports
    -UEFI with legacy BIOS support
    -Legacy connectors like dsub for integrated video or IDE Drive connections (Lol, personal pet peeve)

    What I do want:

    -Solid LAN
    -Asus X-tras they provide in software
    -mATX profile
    -Solid Components/OC potentials
    -New Haswell K refresh Support (z87 compatible?)
    -UEFI fast boot compatible with the GTX 780 Ti (I'm using win 8.1)
    -Intel SATA3/6 Raid with TRIM for my old crucial M4's. (2x256GB)
    -Extra Intel SATA 3/6 for a 500 GB drive (Just want to disable any non Intel SATA onboard, so just need 3 Intel SATA 3 or 6 connectors)
    -The USB3 Speedboost using the improved method of transfer protocol (I'm using win 8.1)
    -Plenty of 4 pin fan connections.
    -Dual BIOS wanted more than a USB flashback option
    -The discrete audio is a nice perk on this board but honestly I usually game without sound, I don't even have speakers hooked up right now) None the less it is considered in my decision and would like feedback on how it performs)

    so could you suggest a board, even if its another Asus model?

    I could do without the Ramdisk utility it seems recently released. I love the idea but I hear win 7/8 does an ok job caching this naturally and I'm gonna reuse my 4x4GB sticks. (see below for caveat) Maybe when Motherboards support more than 32GB and I can fit a whole game in there with room for OS overhead I will be more interested or if it had some advanced caching for games (from what I read its just like a physical drive)

    About the 4x4GB: I see that maybe buying 1 16GB DIMM might boost my system does this help increase CPU OC's?. Faster memory has differing opinions about performance. But it does make me curious. Would this be better than a dual channel solution? Can anyone elaborate a bit on this. (seems quad channel dropped from my old model when I migrate up)

    I will be using 8.1 with 'Start is Back' Booting straight to desktop. Metro is rarely seen (not sure of impact on asus utility software) I don't want to see metro or whatever they call it now anymore than I have to.


    Any things I don't know about or should think about in the upgrade? Input greatly appreciated. Eventually I would like to upgrade to a 4k screen if it makes a difference.

    Extreme thanks to anyone willing to spend a few minutes on opinions, even if it only addresses part of the post.
    Last edited by kizh; 05-31-2014 at 10:06 AM.

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    The Gryphon (mATX) or Hero, if it doesn't need to be mATX, might be reasonable options going forward. I don't know of anything that has exactly all the stuff you want and none of the things you don't, but I would go with a z97 rather than a z87 board.

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    yes, I was just looking at the gryphon with tuff armor. I could swear it didn't have the armor option a week ago or when I checked last. Looks like a solid board.

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    yes, I was just looking at the gryphon with tuff armor. I could swear it didn't have the armor option a week ago or when I checked last. Looks like a solid board.
    I think the armor is optional and must be purchased separately.

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    looks like its included. I think it just came out maybe.

    http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/GRY...ARMOR_EDITION/

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    I guess the Maximus VII Gene is more than your looking for? Consider the the Z97M-PLUS as well, If you're looking to save a couple more bucks (still a nice board).

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    Gene beats it hands down in my opinion after researching. Gonna wait a bit though, found out my issues weren't with my old board. There's few things worth blowing money on, best computer components are one when it comes time to buy

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    If you want more than 32GB of RAM supported, buy either a RIVE or the RIV Black Edition....though these are X79 boards, X99(coming very soon) i'm sure will support 64GB too.

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    ROG Member Array kizh's Avatar
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    they got more slots? At first I thought it was a design limitation, then realized its cause we can only get 8GB dimms? gonna check it out, even though holding off a while longer. Thanks

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    ok I want. 64GB memory? where do I hawk my kidney
    Last edited by kizh; 05-31-2014 at 11:47 AM.

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