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Asus P8P67 Deluxe vs P8Z68 Deluxe - Fewer VRMs?

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I've been eyeing the Asus P8P67 Deluxe and P8Z68 V-Pro boards, and after debating that the additional VRM in the Deluxe was worth the (hypothetical fear of a) shorter support lifespan against the z68 board, I noticed that the Deluxe actually has a Z68 chipset version. Oh joy! But then I took a gander at Asus's website and was surprised when comparing the boards.

It seems that the Z68 version, despite have the same total number of VRMs as the P67 version (16), dedicates four of these VRMs to the integrated GPU on the CPU. This 12/4 VRM arrangement also extends to the new P8Z68 Deluxe Gen 3. Wouldn't that translate into less electrical stability (and potentially OC'ing stability, assuming you're not overclocking the iGPU) than the P67 Deluxe? I'm hoping to make this machine my first for overclocking, so some clarification would really be useful. Maybe it's possible to disable the onboard GPU and re-purpose the 4 VRMs back to the CPU?
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Short answer: either board will more than sufficiently supply a heavily overclocked CPU with power, you can't split how the phases are dedicated, and neither one will have a shorter lifespan than the other.
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Just get the PRO unless you really want the usb 3.0 box 'thing'. 8+2 can even take a sandy to its limit, I got nearly 5.7ghz out of mine.
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Thanks guys. And that's pretty impressive, munaim1. I actually really like the Deluxe for a few little things over the other models, myself, but at least I don't mind jumping over to Z68.
May have to keep my ear to the ground this weekend over the new Gen 3 version if the price is the same.
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