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So I'm looking for a really solid mitx board for a i7 2600k or 2500k. So far I've only dug up: http://www.zotacusa.com/intel-lga-11...68itx-a-e.html. Anyone have first hand experience with overclocking on this as well as gaming?

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What else is going in this build? Are you looking for Z68 or P67?
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What else is going in this build? Are you looking for Z68 or P67?
Well I'd keep the 570 and haven't decided on ram (thinking a 8Gb or 12Gb variant). Not sure between those two. I wouldn't use the onboard video but the ssd caching sounds quite interesting. As long as I can OC decently (4Ghz+) I'd be happy with any of them.
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The Zotac and the ASRock are about theo nly ones that are worth a hoot when it comes to overclocking for hte 1155... The Zotac has a crappy bios, and seems to have a poor track record with DOA's... but other than that is a great board when you get one that works apparently.
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would be pretty difficult to overclock the itx, considering the vram on the boards would heat up with no proper blocks and cooling on them
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would be pretty difficult to overclock the itx, considering the vram on the boards would heat up with no proper blocks and cooling on them
The zotac comes with vrm cooling and will easily overclock to 4.3ghz at least.
also, wifi if you care...
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Zotac = Bad BIOS. Very poor voltage options.
Asrock = No Voltage options at all. No VRM cooling.

Regardless of what the reviews say about the Zotac board being bad for overclocking, it is still better than the Asrock board in that regard. The main problem is that people are used to overclocking on a ATX board which can provide much better results. It is just a sacrifice to have a shoe box rig.

Also the Zotac generally has better features such as wi-fi and the such. I'd probably drop the wi-fi on it so that I could use the slot for an extra few sata ports.

If you do buy the Zotac board, be sure to buy direct from their site. Our own Paraleyes talked to them and now they are quality checking their boards.
     
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Well I'd keep the 570 and haven't decided on ram (thinking a 8Gb or 12Gb variant). Not sure between those two. I wouldn't use the onboard video but the ssd caching sounds quite interesting. As long as I can OC decently (4Ghz+) I'd be happy with any of them.
Both Zotac and ASRock Z68 ITX boards should be able to do 4GHz. Zotac of course is a crapshoot for quality, and ASRock is a crapshoot for getting above 4.0GHz.

Regarding RAM, the 12GB kits are for socket 1366 with triple channel. You need a dual channel kit and the ITX boards only have two slots, so 8GB is your maximum unless you want to spend big bucks on a dual channel 16GB (2x8GB) kit.
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post #9 of 16
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Hmm ok I'll probably go for the zotac one. I plan on using the Fractal Array case and was wondering what sff psu are available that can run 570gtx + allows for overclocking. http://ncix.com/products/?sku=53637
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post #10 of 16
Im all for being different and everything;
that Fractal looks great, but it doesnt look all too special, and is not very different from the SG05/6.

if your going to be throwing a 570 into there, you'd better be thinking about all of your cooling options. That Fractal is meant to be an NAS and thus, does not seem to have the necessary vents for the cooling of a card that, notoriously, runs fairly hot.

The SG05-450 comes with said PSU already, has a gigantic side vent for the sole purpose of allowing the GPU to cool itself, and has a large front slot for drawing in a funnel of unobstructed air to cool the motherboard and it's vrm's, which will likely be stressed to a certain extent because it sounds as if you intend to be overclocking.

On top of that, it's a much more price-friendly option, and there are tons of builds all over the net, that you can cherry pick ideas from. Just something to think about.
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