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It pains me to see MSI boards 30-40$ cheaper than another mobo i've been looking at while still having the same features, and still being able to SLI...only thing that has kept me away from them is all the negative feedback I hear about this "4+1 power phase"...would this motherboard be ok for a i5 2500k @ 4.5ghz? Does it even have that 4+1 power phase thing?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-582-_-Product
Edited by venomblade - 5/28/11 at 10:06pm
post #2 of 38
MSI boards aren't that bad, you can't trust Egg's reviewers honestly. Some people (here on OCN) bashed ASRock boards to dirt and yet my Extreme 4 is still rock solid. It does everything i want.
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I've never had any problems with my board, I've been running at 4ghz for over a year. It's not the greatest board but it was cheap and had all the features I needed.
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Depends on the board, the higher end one's are decent but the low and mid aren't something I'm taking the trouble to trust anymore. Too many DOA and problems I could have avoided going with something else.
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MSi boards get a bad rep from OCN for one simple reason. We are overclockers. And high voltage on low phase MSI boards do not mix well. Other then that they are wonderful in my opinion. And the new 900 series boards not only look great but are also loaded with power phases that will greatly improve their overclocking abilities and stop the blown Mosfets.

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would this motherboard be ok for a i5 2500k @ 4.5ghz? Does it even have that 4+1 power phase thing?
Im sure that board has more then 5 phases. Most Intel boards use a lot more power phases then AMD. Most of the bad things you hear from MSI are regarding AMD chipsets.
Edited by Chuckclc - 5/28/11 at 10:18pm
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As long as it has a good power phase design, its most likely a good MSI mobo. The 3+1 and the 4+1 MSI mobo's make me laugh.
post #7 of 38
Looking at that board it may be a 4 phase. I might be wrong.
post #8 of 38
Not as bad as most make them out to be as far as the higher end versions go. I've been pumping some high voltage through mine for the last couple of months just to prove a point with the AMD boards. It's not a problem with their Intel boards at all.

Thuban just draws more amperage under load than the Ph. II's. Not that it should be a surprise to anyone, being the same arch in both. 4+1 VRM's were never meant to supply an x6 cpu is all the problem is.

Now, I am a bit irritated to have recently swapped to water, which made my #1-2 dimm slots accessible, and found slot 2 is dead. Never used it since it was new, running a Mega Shadow & p/p 120 x 38 mm Delta's with tall heat spreaders made it impossible. Hopefully, the 990FX boards will be available before warranty runs out on this board. :/
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Thuban just draws more amperage under load than the Ph. II's. Not that it should be a surprise to anyone, being the same arch in both. 4+1 VRM's were never meant to supply an x6 cpu is all the problem is.
Agreed. This is really just mainly a problem with 6 core Thubans. Sandy should be fine.
post #10 of 38
Every single motherboard from any company is good enough. We at OCN strive for the best. That en-tales us to buy higher end boards that can support our over clocking needs.
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