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High performance demands high quality equipment. ASUS and Gigabyte are two motherboard manufacturers who have prided themselves on producing quality motherboard.

Motherboards centralize the components of your computer system and allow all of the parts to receive power and communicate with each other. Motherboards hold the CPU, RAM, PCI devices and a host of other components that come together to make the system unit.
 
Here are two big players in the motherboard market.
 
1.   ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z

Photo Source: ASUS

 
This motherboard supports the newest AMD Socket AM3+ multi-core processors with up to 8 native CPU cores.  You get more overclocking capabilities with less power consumption. It features AMD® Turbo CORE Technology 2.0 and accelerates data transfer rate up to 5200MT/s via HyperTransport™ 3.0 based system bus.
 
Memory is efficiently provided by DDR3 2400(O.C.) support. System performance benefits from faster data transfer rates and increased bandwidth.
 
Sound is supported by SupremeFX III which provides 8-channel HD audio with a 1500uF capacitor.
 
Overclocking is easy with the Turbo EVO Suite II software that works with the UEFI BIOS to make overclocking as simple as a 30 second auto function.
 
The ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z motherboard really performs for this price point. It clearly outshines the Gigabyte motherboard. However, it does cost more and is bigger and does take up more real estate inside the case.
 
2.   Gigabyte AMD 990FX SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX DDR3 1600 AMD - AM3+ Motherboards GA-990FXA-UD5 R5

Photo Source: Gigabyte

 
This motherboard provides support for AMD AM3+ FX processors and AMD AM3 Phenom II processor / AMD Athlon II processors.
 
Sound is supported by Realtek ALC1150 is a high-performance multi-channel High Definition Audio Codec that delivers an exceptional audio listening experience with up to 115dB SNR, ensuring users get the best possible audio quality from their PC.  It all comes together with Dolby Home Theater support which delivers surround sound for music, movies, and games.
 
This motherboard is also a great board for the its price point.  While it is not give the performance of the ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z, it does give a good bang for the buck. It is compatible with several platforms and is easy to expand.
 
   
Here are the comparison SPECS:
  ASUS
Crosshair V Formula-Z

 
Gigabyte AM3+ AMD DDR3
Chipset Type AMD 990FX/SB950 AMD 990FX
Processor Socket Socket AM3+ AMD – AM3+
Device Type Motherboards Motherboards
Memory Slots 4 x DIMM, Max. 32GB,
DDR3 2400(O.C.)/2000(O.C.)/1600/1333/1066 MHz ECC, Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
4 x DDR3 DIMM, Max. 32GB
DDR3 2000(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1033 MHz memory modules
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
RAM DDR3 2400 DDR3 1600
Supported Motherboard ATX ATX
PCI Slots Free 6 0
SATA Ports Free 10 8
USB 3.0 / 2.0 3.0 / 2.0
Item Dimensions 3.58 x 14.65 x 11.69 in 11 x 14 x 4 in
Item Weight 5.46 lbs 3.8 lbs
 




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