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Asus M5A97-EVO 970 vs Gigabyte GA-970A-D3

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The tittle says it all pretty much.

I am having some issues with my Asrock 970 Extreme 3 so i am going to get another board and i need your help to pick the right one for my needs.

I have 955BE and i am going to overclock it to 4Ghz, I've had a Gigabyte motherboard before and i was pretty happy with it but ASUS has 6+2 phase which is better for overclocking,nice bios,great looking board but doesn't support SLI which shouldn't be a problem as i would prefer to run a single GPU anyway.. Maybe GTX 660Ti when it comes out or MSI 7950 when the prices come down a bit.

What should i do? Any other boards that i should consider? I am in AU so i can only get whatever we have down under biggrin.gif

Also i wont be upgrading to Bulldozer but maybe Piledriver ( if its good )

Thanks in advance
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Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 is a much better option than the one you listed. The GA-970A-D3 only has 4+1 power phase while the GA-970A-UD3 has 8+2 power phase. I'm currently running one with a 960t and was easily able to push it over 4GHz stable. Has all the bells a whistles of the GA-990FXA-UD3 except SLI.
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post #3 of 24

The 970A-D3 is not comparable as it is not exactly overclocking-ready - at least until VRM cooling is put on it.

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Originally Posted by cmac68 View Post

Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 is a much better option than the one you listed. The GA-970A-D3 only has 4+1 power phase while the GA-970A-UD3 has 8+2 power phase. I'm currently running one with a 960t and was easily able to push it over 4GHz stable. Has all the bells a whistles of the GA-990FXA-UD3 except SLI.

Thanks for that but i am unable to get GA-970A-UD3.. I can only get D3 version from the shop i buy my parts of.
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The 970A-D3 is not comparable as it is not exactly overclocking-ready - at least until VRM cooling is put on it.

So would ASUS be better for me?
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post #5 of 24

The ASUS M5A97 EVO would be much better, even the M5A97 would be better.  970A-D3 you may need extra cash & resources for VRM cooling.

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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post

The ASUS M5A97 EVO would be much better, even the M5A97 would be better.  970A-D3 you may need extra cash & resources for VRM cooling.

It looks like i will be getting the ASUS EVO!

Does anyone know if it will support Piledriver?
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It looks like i will be getting the ASUS EVO!
Does anyone know if it will support Piledriver?

I am quite pleased with my M5A97 EVO , I think you will be also if you choose to go that route. As far as "Piledriver" compatability, the current signs say yes. The BS about AMD making Piledriver work only in the next generation FM2 (APU socket) appears to be just a misunderstanding about the direction of CPUs (Piledriver)and APUs(Trinity-with Piledriver cores) in the next generation.
    
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The first Piledriver chips are supposed to be released on AM3+ so my assumption would be yes with a proper bios release!
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I am quite pleased with my M5A97 EVO , I think you will be also if you choose to go that route. As far as "Piledriver" compatability, the current signs say yes. The BS about AMD making Piledriver work only in the next generation FM2 (APU socket) appears to be just a misunderstanding about the direction of CPUs (Piledriver)and APUs(Trinity-with Piledriver cores) in the next generation.

I went out and got myself ASUS M5A97 EVO and i must say it is pretty impressive board. It comes with a lot of features for just $125.

I do have a few questions tho, when my CPU idles core voltage is at its max for some reason? Shouldn't it go as while the CPU running at 800MHz?

And is there a way for me to stop the motherboard from overvolting the CPU?

Thanks in advance
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