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Hi,

Need you opinion...

I am stock with these choices:

Asrock 970 Extreme3 : VRM 4+1 phase
Gigabyte Ga-970a-d3 : VRM 4+1 phase
MSI 970A-G45 : VRM 4+1 phase


I need a mobo:

to overclock and unlock an x2 560 at 4.1GHZ
with a good control features on fan and good energy saver feature

Which one is the best : Asrock or Gygabyte or MSI?
post #2 of 4
for overclocking i would use none of those because of the VRM low phases
 
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post #4 of 4

Avoid the MSI 970A-G45 (failure-prone VRM design, more than one failure observed already)
If you get the Gigabyte board, add cooling if you are going to be overclocking and/or using anything other than the stock cooler
I think the value of the 970 Extreme3 is the best right now.

You may want to consider the

. Cooled 4+2 VRM system at similar price point, and also has UEFI BIOS.

As long as your board is using a quality 4+1 (no less) VRM system with proper cooling it will handle an x4 at 4.1GHz.
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