I am in the process of selecting a mobo & CPU. At this point I am probably going to get the Core i7-2600(K) (they’re the about same price right now) and I am evaluating the following Intel micro-ATX LGA 1155 mobos:
H67BLB3, H67GDB3, P67DEB3, Q67OWB3, Q67SWB3.
I have used the compare feature on Newegg (link, this might drop a couple mobos) for these mobos and Intel’s compare feature (link) for their micro-ATX LGA 1155 mobos. These comparisons have raised a few questions that I hope you can help me with.
The Newegg comparison shows that only the Q67OWB3 has Hyper-Threading Technology listed for the “Supported CPU Technologies” with all the others showing nothing there. Before seeing this I assumed that all i7-2600(K) mobos support hyper-threading, but the Newegg comparison and reading that the hyper-threading can be enabled/disabled in some/all BIOS makes me wonder if the hyper-threading is supported on any mobo. Intel’s comparison does not show anything about hyper-threading. I have not read anything else that indicates otherwise, so I’m guessing that the i7-2600/K hyper-threading is supported by all LGA 1155 mobos, but I want to confirm this before I make my purchase because I might get the Core i5-2500(K) if the Core i7 2600(K) hyper-threading is not supported by all these mobos.
Is the Core i7-2600(K) hyper-threading supported by all LGA1155 mobos?
Intel’s Matrix Storage Technology is available on 2 of those Intel mobos. I don’t use multiple drives / RAID, but Intel states that single drive performance can be improved with this technology: “Intel Matrix Storage Technology provides benefits to users of a single drive as well. Storage performance is improved through Native Command Queuing (NCQ), harnessing the quad DMA controllers in the hardware, and optimized hardware & software tuning.”
Is this single drive performance improvement significant and does it work with all hard drives?
I am also considering the ASUS P8Z68-V Pro mobo (it’s the right size and has the other required features). Does anyone have any experience with this mobo?
I will be getting 4 4-gig RAM sticks for my mobo and would like to get some specific recommendations that have worked with these mobos. I understand that some low profile RAM is not supported by some/all of these mobos.
Thanks in advance for your help