Originally Posted by Belial Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
What exactly is the headphone amp stuff (i use 2 crap speakers from some cd player system i got like 10 years ago, i mean they are just big speakers, they cant be bad though).
From what I read (in regards to Extreme4's alc898 vs UD3H), the alc898 is the same as VIA except in the 'midrange' in which case the VIA is slightly (unnoticeably) better (whatever that means, *** is mid-range).
I mean it's all the same, but from what I've read, the ud5h isn't really a better board than the ud3h. It's plainly just a ud3h with vrm heatsinks on the iGPU and a few other phases that dont need heatsinks on them (that top row), a doubler on lower quality mosfets (could be wrong on that, but i read that...somewhere, that ud5h uses lower quality mosfets) so it's not even a true 12+ phase (or is it? im a bit confused, doubler is the worse one right, ie extreme4 is 4+1 phase with a doubler), and some extra sata/usb ports (i dont use usb/sata 3.0 even, i use single ssd and thats it, and single gpu, as sli doesnt work for the programs i use to stream, any of them).
I mean sounds like for the price, the ud3h is a better value simply because ud5h isn't any improvement. I mean, pocketing $30, that's a no brainer, but I just wanted to make sure I wasn't downgrading or anything.
On a side note, I could just trade my UD3H for an extreme6 (since the extreme6 is $109 right now.. or is it extreme7, or 8, whatever, i do know the extreme4 is bad but the extreme6 or whatever is a high quality board and massive step up whereas the ud5h is not a massive step up from the ud3h, at least as i understand it). The one con with the ud5h though, that, unlike the ud3h, is does not have a ps/2 port. kind of a turn off.
On a side note, I'm gonna be binning 2 3570ks in the coming week. As I understand the way to 'bin' - set VID to 1.55, and push multi up, boot up into windows, dont even stress test just keep doing that until no more boot into windows. Then, do it again with next chip, compare results, one chip is better than the other. I happen to be making 2 3570k builds right now (ram is taking forever to arrive from canada, by the time it arrives the parts for this other build will all have arrived, not to mention that nh-d14 mount from austria so i'll probably have a cm v6gt @$25 and a full setup before then).
Also thinking of getting that $20 msi g41 for a build that will just be a minor oc on stock voltage or so (it's for someone else who is computer illiterate, im just gonna turn a quick 4.3+ ghz and whatever). that or the ud5h for $79.... might be a bit overkill for their needs.