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I'm looking at trying out an ASRock Z77 board for my new build, most likely an extreme4, but I don't have much experience with them, usually being a Gigabyte or Asus fan. Can you please share your experience good/bad? Would it be wise to try them out, or should I stick with Gigabyte?
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My cheapo z68 ex3 from ASROCK has been rock solid.

Even sporting the "inferior analog PWM" I have a stable 5ghz.

The extreme4 is int he same boat.

Regardless of what shmuck is inevitably going to say. The board has been ROCK SOLID.

I have built a good 10-12 of systems with both the z77 extreme4 and around 15 with the z68 extreme3.

I have had to RMA only 1 of each and all of the builds are overclocked systems with a handful of them being 5ghz builds.


I wouldn't really trust the board to the kind of voltages you would be able to set under a hefty custom water solution, or for Dry ice / LN2 runs, but as far as AIR cooling goes, I really recommend these boards at this price bracket.
Edited by Xinoxide - 10/16/12 at 4:21pm
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My 99 dollar Z77 Pro 3 clocks my 3770K to 4.8Ghz and my memory to 2200. They have come a long way.
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My 99 dollar Z77 Pro 3 clocks my 3770K to 4.8Ghz and my memory to 2200. They have come a long way.

WOW. I am surprised to hear the PRO3 can do that. I may have to try it in a future build.
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Thank you xinoxide, and I suppose to clarify a little bit, I will be using a high end custom watercooling setup, possibly with TEC, with a goal between 5.8-6 Ghz. Do you have any suggestions for a possible alternative, or do you think the extreme4 should be able to handle it?
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I love my Asrock board! I came from only using Asus and will never look back. It over clocks well, boots fast and has a pretty decent UEFI. I say go for it!
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My Z77E ITX is great, runs 4.7ghz 3570k easy, can go a lot higher, but I am limited by my cooler and not deliding. Asrock is as rock solid as any other brand lachen.gif
 
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They're all around the most solid boards for the price.

I've used 4 of their boards (including mine) for different people's builds and no one has had a single issue most have kept their SB/Ivy's at 4.5 or under but for one of the Ivys I took the sammy ram to 2400 fairly easy. There's a lot of hate going on the forums from people who think they're crap but for the price only Biostar and some of their boards comes close to the quality and features.

Again, for the price and features only Biostar comes close but if I was going high end I might still go for a nice GB board.

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Thank you xinoxide, and I suppose to clarify a little bit, I will be using a high end custom watercooling setup, possibly with TEC, with a goal between 5.8-6 Ghz. Do you have any suggestions for a possible alternative, or do you think the extreme4 should be able to handle it?


I think that's VERY unrealistic, expecting the world but only willing to spend a dollar........ If you want those kind of clocks I would suggest paying for a much better board like the extreme 7/9 or any of the nice ROG CH board from ASUS, Sniper from GB , ect. We can promise you 5.0-5.3 for some of their extreme boards but expecting 5.8 is absolutely unrealistic. You can't expect a budget board to go into a place it was never designed to....\



I mean..... if you're going custom WC setup and expecting high end cocks from CPU why are you cheapening out on the MOBO? Are you also gonna one of those really nice 1k PSUs for $40 bucks from ebay.....
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Thank you xinoxide, and I suppose to clarify a little bit, I will be using a high end custom watercooling setup, possibly with TEC, with a goal between 5.8-6 Ghz. Do you have any suggestions for a possible alternative, or do you think the extreme4 should be able to handle it?

This is definitely grounds where you will NEED VRM's capable of sustaining more voltage and keeping it rock solid stable.

You wont want even the smallest dips or spikes to keep something stretched so far over the threshold. I hate to say it too, but I doubt you will find a chip capable of that. chips capable of those multis are already hard to come by.

You'll probably need to delid to get reasonable temps I am sure as well. Pretty unrealistic unless you go subzero, and then it wont be for long periods of time anyways.

Junkboy said extreme7 or 9 which are great. I might recommend OC formula, or a UP5+ .
Edited by Xinoxide - 10/16/12 at 6:23pm
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