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AFAIK, the Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 has 8+2 vrm phases as well as its smaller brother, the 970A-UD3. Both have good heatsinks too for the mosfets so you got overclocking covered. The other with 8+2 phases or more are 990fx boards which are quite a bit more expensive than what you're planning to spend on.
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I wouldn't go Gigabyte if you want to overclock. If you have bad airflow, you will have no failsafes on the VRMs, and they can run overheated for months. ASUS boards will automatically throttle if they overheat. On Gigabyte boards you'd have no idea they are overheating and slowly degrading.
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get a asus sabertooth, their vrms are built to take the stress
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Originally Posted by Hobybobag View Post
also, I've been looking at the Gigabyte 990x-UD3, but I've heard it didnt work very well with bulldozer, and I'm looking to get piledriver when it comes out.. Is there another good board out there in the ~130$ range with 8+2 Vrms?
It doesn't have 8+2 VRM's BUT the Asus M5A97 has VERY high quality 4+1 VRM system that can handle a 1100t overclocked with 1.5v 24/7. Also it's only $99 and the UEFI is pretty neat.
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post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by Devilmaypoop View Post
I wouldn't go Gigabyte if you want to overclock. If you have bad airflow, you will have no failsafes on the VRMs, and they can run overheated for months. ASUS boards will automatically throttle if they overheat. On Gigabyte boards you'd have no idea they are overheating and slowly degrading.
I have extremely good airflow in my case... Is there some sort of way I could monitor their temps? I've seen motherboards before that show vrm temps in HWMonitor... I've just heard thats a really nice board

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Originally Posted by Blueliger View Post
get a asus sabertooth, their vrms are built to take the stress
I don't really have the money for that though =\\
Also I'm a tad leery of Asus boards after my friends experience with their customer support whenever his board was messed up (constant bluescreens for no real reason, even after updating the bios and all drivers on a fresh copy of windows)

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Originally Posted by nbmjhk6 View Post
It doesn't have 8+2 VRM's BUT the Asus M5A97 has VERY high quality 4+1 VRM system that can handle a 1100t overclocked with 1.5v 24/7. Also it's only $99 and the UEFI is pretty neat.
At this point I'm a bit leery of 4+1.. I heard this board was really good at first too lol
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post
You do have a low end 4+1 power phase MSI motherboard, so I wouldn't be pushing that chip AT ALL on that board till you can replace it.

Secondly, IBT isn't a very good stress test. You should be using a custom Prime95 blended test to determine stability (12 hour run). If you pass 12 hours of custom blended, you'll be rock solid.

But again, that motherboard is prone to VRM failures with 125w chips, even at stock.
I agree, more voltage on a poor board can make matters worse.
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