Go here, to ASUS's website, and do a more thorough comparison:
I am considering a very similar build, but am leaning more towards the ASUS Rampage III so at such time as the 256 GB SATA III SSD comes down in price I can dive into that, primarily for the OS drive. I am still trying to rationalize buying the SSD now - and that's hard to do, even with prices dropping, but the thought of having to reinstall Win7 following the SSD upgrade is pushing me to consider now rather than later.
On the 12 GB memory, I would suggest 4x3 rather than 6x2. A little pricier up front, but you will have the option to add rather than discard and replace.
Any throughts on optical drives for that system?
I went to the ASUS site to do a comparison but these 2 boards don't show
up when using their comparison chart. All the others show up and populate
I think part of my problem is understanding what some of the specs mean and how they impact my build & future usage vs. marketing hype.
If I can swing it I'll use 3x4 sticks once I land on a MOBO.
Haven't spent too much time looking at optical drives yet and am open to suggestions.
Looks like the only real difference is the Dual Lan versus single Lan. I am not seeing anything else different between the specs.
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I had the same problem with their comparison tool. Print out the specifications for each of the boards and manually compare. At a quick glance, this is what I saw:
Storage - The Rampage III has a JMicron JMB363 PATA and SATA Controller - details listed
USB - Number and placement of the ports; "True USB3.0 suport" (I wonder what that is)
Backpanel I/O Ports - various
Overclocking - functions/descriptions
Like you, I will have to deconvolute/sift through the differences to see which one offers the best immediate/future needs. I plan to check Tom's Hardware and other trustworthy sites for possible ASUS MOBO descriptions and reviews - if I dfind anything I'll post. Drudgery - pure drudgery!