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So I need to know top like five micro motherboards for overclocking are. I have an AMD 965 BE and just don't trust my current board to handle me clocking it up around 3.9ish. I prefer micro just because I see all the extra pci slots a waste when I never plan on adding any sli/sound/network/ext to the mix. Also cooling won't be a problem I plan on putting a hyper 212 plus push/pull set up on it. Thanks all!!
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I'd probably go for the M4A88TD-M by Asus
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post #3 of 10
Look for motherboards with at least a quality 4+1 phase and proper VRM cooling (add this if there isn't any; stock CPU cooler counts).
You can refer to resources such as AMD Motherboard VRM Info in making choices.

Chipset wise, non integrated graphics boards are the best for OC-ing, but those boards are pretty much always ATX size only.

There may be better mATX choices on the AM3+ socket soon.
post #4 of 10
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awesome thanks guys. that being said, if I decided to go with a regular sized atx, which ~$100 board would be the safest/most reliable for cpu and gpu overclocking?
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post #6 of 10
while on topic, I wanted to ask a general question on how to distinguish a bad board from a good board that will overclock for. What do you look for, etc etc.
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post #7 of 10
Look mainly for VRM count and type.

Good boards these days have 6+2 phases (6 CPU 2 Memory) but a lot still have 4+1, such as my board. MSI boards are notorious for their bad VRMs and apparently cheap driver mosfets. XD knows a bit about that kinda stuff

Also like XD said, look for boards with heatsinks to the left of and sometimes above the CPU socket, which are VRM coolers.

Some chipsets are also better than others and support things like higher memory speeds, which can give you base clock headroom. 890FX and 990FX is what you want.
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post #8 of 10
ASRock 970 EXTREME 4 would be a good pick too.
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post #9 of 10
M4A88T-V EVO not very wise when an M5A97 can be had for lower price on Superbiiz
The board I mention also has Am3+ for FX series support

And 970 chipset having no iGP should OC better
post #10 of 10
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this is all good stuff, For the features and price I would be leaning towards the asrock pick. I'm using an asrock board now and very happy with it. I just don't trust it being a cheaper micro board to clock up where I want my cpu running. Also isn't asrock some sort of branch of asus? thats what I have always heard.
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