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So yeah, title pretty much says it all.

I have these motherboards at my disposal. I need advice on which one is the best to overclock a 775 quad core:

Asus Maximus II Formula
Asus Striker II Formula
Asus Rampage Formula
Asus Striker II NSE
Asus P5E
Asus P5Q Pro Turbo
XFX MB-N780-ISH9 (nforce 780i SLI)
Gigabyte GA-EP45T-DS3R
Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3P
Gigabyte P35-DS4
Edited by Cyclops - 12/2/11 at 9:58am
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Asus Maximus II Formula as it's a high end P45 chipset motherboard..


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The Gigabyte EP45-UD3P (and UD3R) are known as the highest OCing motherboards for 775 (High FSB, which is the limiting factor with quads). The Gigabyte GA-EP45T-DS3R uses DDR3, but should give you similar OC potential.

The P35 chipset was not as capable with OCing quads as the P45, so I would stick with the P45 chipset. The 780i was a little better than the 680i in OCing quads, and offically supports the Yorkfield, but the only reason to get it over a P45 is if you want SLI with NVIDIA cards. otherwise, stay away from the NVIDIA chipset IMO.
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The Gigabyte GA-EP45T-DS3R has no cooling on VRM's and is not UD3 series even though they look similar..

Asus Maximus II Formula is by every bit the best motherboard of the bunch and certainly can hit perfectly P95 stable FSB ~ 500MHz which would max out any C2Q processor..


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Thanks alot to the both of you. I should also mention that I have a QX9650 coming. I was planing on doing a small watercooling loop with that and the Striker II NSE. Apparently though (According to newegg feedback), that board is quite faulty and the chipset cooler might leak. i was wondering if anyone had any info on that. Thank's again.
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Well don't get QX9650 as it's C1 stepping which is worse overclocker than it's "normal" Q9650 E0 stepping counterpart..

Also QX9650 has a Tjmax = 90C vs Q9650 Tjmax = 100C (absolute max operation core temperature)..

QX9650 also runs hotter and pulls more power..

My advice is get Q9650 (they're all E0 stepping) or a Q9550 but if it's only E0 stepping..

Regarding motherboard just get P45 motherboard and you don't have to worry about NB water cooling as P45 chipset runs much cooler than any other 775 chipset available and doesn't need anything better than a stock cooling..


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I'm sorry but I forgot to add this motherboard to the line up:

Gigabyte P35-DS4
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The Gigabyte EP45-UD3P and Asus P5Q are the two best if your looking for just overclocking potential. The Maximus II is also very good, and has better VRM and NB cooling compared to the P5Q vanilla, if you can find a P5Q pro, or Deluxe, they are good as well.
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