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I'm going to be building a dedicated folding rig which I plan to overclock to 5.0 GHz (at a minimum). I'm still working on the cooling solution to support a 24/7 overclock this high.

I've got it down between these two boards, any help would be much appreciated!

Option 1:
ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 - $254.99
Reason - "Digi PWM Design, Advanced V12 + 6 Power Phase Design" aka high overclocking ability

Option 2:
ASUS P8Z68-V PRO - $194.99
Reason - mostly price. It is an 8 phase so it should do alright overclocking but not as good as the ASRock.
    
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12 pahse will not do you any more good than the 8 phase, once you start going over 8, your getting into the unneeded. I need to find it, but there was a thread of 8 vs the 12 and they found the 12 phase actualy hurt overall as it drew more power and heat.
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Either board is nice. Don't quote me but I'm fairly sure the P8Z68-V Pro has more phases, like at least 12 or something. But either way both will be capable of running 5ghz if you've got the cooling and chip to handle it.

I like the AsRock boards a little bit better, and you can Ivy Bridge/PCI-E 3.0 support with them unlike the Asus. The boards are really nice and the Fatal1ty one you picked out is awesome, but I just don't see the need for it. Check out the Z68 Extreme4 Gen3
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post #4 of 11
Go with the asrock since it has PCie 3.0 and its future proof
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12 pahse will not do you any more good than the 8 phase, once you start going over 8, your getting into the unneeded. I need to find it, but there was a thread of 8 vs the 12 and they found the 12 phase actualy hurt overall as it drew more power and heat.
Not unless you start overclocking very high. With water or other extreme methods. But for the most part 8 phase is more than enough.

And the P8Z68 is 12+4 Phase.
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post #6 of 11
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Go with the asrock since it has PCie 3.0 and its future proof
The ASUS P8Z68 boards all support PCIe 3.0 now. Via BIOS update.
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Not unless you start overclocking very high. With water or other extreme methods. But for the most part 8 phase is more than enough.

And the P8Z68 is 12+4 Phase.
I do plan to do a full submersion in mineral oil...or phase change.... or a hybrid combination of the two. Haven't made up my mind 100% yet on the cooling solution but it will be "extreme".


EDIT:
Don't everyone go jumping all over "mineral oil" if you see my sig below I've done it before and it works.
    
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The ASUS P8Z68 boards all support PCIe 3.0 now. Via BIOS update.
Incorrect. The new Asus Z68 Gen3 boards coming out will be PCIe 3.0. It needs to actually have the PCIe 3.0 switches.

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I do plan to do a full submersion in mineral oil...or phase change.... or a hybrid combination of the two. Haven't made up my mind 100% yet on the cooling solution but it will be "extreme".
That's fine. Remember it's 12+4 phase.
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post #9 of 11
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Go with the asrock since it has PCie 3.0 and its future proof
Is there actually a benefit to upgrading to PCIe 3 ?
Considering that we don't actually utilize all the bandwidth of the current PCIe 2,

Also has anybody seen any benchmarks between the two,

PCIe 3 at the moment is just another false bit of advertisement to sell boards and as you may have noticed its mainly on Intel boards not many other companies are actually pushing to use it.

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I expect by the time we see any benefit from Pcie 3 socket 1155 will be long gone and it won't matter if your board currently supports it.
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