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Comparing two price tier 970 motherboards, question

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ASRock 970 EXTREME4 (~$110)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157262

vs.

ASUS Sabertooth 990FX (~$190)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131736


I'm looking to overclock a AMD 955 BE. Is the price difference really worth the OC'ing potential of the more premium board?

Thanks!
Edited by Castaa - 10/4/11 at 10:48am
post #2 of 10
If that's your only basis for comparison then no

Are you overclocking on air?

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post #3 of 10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by LuckySe7ens View Post
If that's your only basis for comparison then no

Are you overclocking on air?

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Yes sorry, air cooling, using an older AC Freezer 64 HSF.
Edited by Castaa - 10/4/11 at 10:25am
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by Castaa View Post
If the lower priced ASRock 970 EXTREME4 is the route to take given my needs, is this the best ~$100-120 mobo choice in peoples opinions?

I already have purchased this memory:
G.SKILL Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 1.5V

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...97&PID=1225267
post #5 of 10
Neither of those are 970 motherboards. The 970 Extreme4 is a 990X (mislabelled as 970, perhaps on purpose due to price) and the Sabertooth is a 990FX. They both feature higher end CrossfireX and SLI support, missing from the actual 970 chipset.

Your choice depends on what features you want (i.e. what level of CrossfireX/SLI/multi-card operation) and what you want to pay, but either choice is great.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
Neither of those are 970 motherboards. The 970 Extreme4 is a 990X (mislabelled as 970, perhaps on purpose due to price) and the Sabertooth is a 990FX. They both feature higher end CrossfireX and SLI support, missing from the actual 970 chipset.

Your choice depends on what features you want (i.e. what level of CrossfireX/SLI/multi-card operation) and what you want to pay, but either choice is great.
Thank you!

After a little bit more research, I went with a lower end GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128519

Hopefully it'll be a good option to upgrade to 'Bulldozer' CPU in a year or two. Plus I like the idea of supporting AMD. A viable AMD company is good for nearly everyone.
post #7 of 10
^ Great choice but the "Bulldozer" first gen AMD FX CPU is pretty much already available for sale. In 1-2 years, you'll have next-gen options
post #8 of 10
Gigabyte is always a good choice.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
^ Great choice but the "Bulldozer" first gen AMD FX CPU is pretty much already available for sale. In 1-2 years, you'll have next-gen options
I saw!

I always upgrade to processors that are a year or two behind the edge of the performance curve anyway. Thus, I went with an AMD 955 BE (125W) this time around.
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Gigabyte is always a good choice.
I'm glad to hear it, thanks.
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