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I am getting sandy bridge now that bulldozer looks bad. What power phase do I need for decent overclocking? I see this one ASRock motherboard has 8+2. Do I need something more like 14+2 or a higher number? What's the minimum? Looking for 4.5-4.8GHz

http://www.asrock.com/download/e-catalog/P67%20Pro3.pdf

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Generally you want to stay away from 4+1 power phases when overclocking. I'm not an expert in the area but give this thread a read. It explains everything quite well and there is a list of motherboards you should avoid, although most of them are AM3 boards.
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for sandy bridge the minimum is 8+whatever. You need at least 8 phase for the motherboard. GB boards 8 phase + are great, the ASUS are too, and the asrock are as well. All of them use good parts. the Maximus 4 extreme has 8 phases for instance, but has the MOSFEts of a 16 phase board
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8+2 is fine, 16+ phases are close to marketing purposes
    
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Dont forget when you get into things like 8+2. The +2 is for the iGPU. I know they rarely make that obvious.
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HERE is a great review of the UD3H from Sin0822.

Depending on your budget and OC intentions 8+2 isn't always necessary IMO. Sandy bridge is pretty friendly with lower phases when compared with past generations.

I went with the UD3H over the P8Z68V because I don't plan on OC'ing past 4.5GHz. I'll readily admit I'm not the most knowledgeable when it comes to motherboard design but I just wanted to throw in a differing viewpoint.
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