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Old 12-12-2012, 02:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Power Delivery, Important?

So the MC I'm getting my CPU/MB from (Friday!) is out of the ASRock Extreme4 and I'm trying to decide on a new choice.

I noticed my current 3 options have all the features I need and more, but varying power delivery. How important is it to OCing, and is there a point where you just don't get much more benefit to price?

What I'm looking at:
$140 Asus P8Z77-V LK (4+1+1)
$135 Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H (6+4)
$170 MSI Z77A-GD65 (8+1+2+1)

I really like the MSI but its kind of hard to justify the higher price, so I'm leaning toward the Gigabyte (yeah bad RMA, I know).


*Edit - Think I found a solution to my dilemma, there is another MC about 10min further away that has the Extreme4 which is (8+4) and $135 for comparison.

Question still stands about importance to OCing though...
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Power Delivery, Important?

So the MC? Media Center?

Obviously, the more phases the more power your board can supply to the board. Out of the 3, the last 2 options are the best in terms of OC ability but cooling and of course a good chip play the factor as well.
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Micro Center.

I'm waffling hard between the Gigabyte and ASRock.
While the ASRock has "more" phases, apparently the quality isn't the same as Gigabyte's... as far as I can tell.
http://sinhardware.com/images/vrm.jpg

Not feeling the Gigabyte's lack of mosfet/choke cooling, though again not sure how important it is.

Feel like I need a degree in electrical engineering whenever I start doing in-depth research like this.
Or that I should just close my eyes and point at one, since as budget boards they aren't going to be doing anything incredible anyway.
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I can tell you right now any one of those boards will take a 3570k to 4.5GHz easy and after that your processor cooling will be the culprit.
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I'm gonna take a shot in the dark here and say that any Z77 board by the big 3 will overclock to the point where it won't matter unless you start using L2N.

Hardly any difference in motherboards nowadays besides features anyway.
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