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The title say it all.
I got in to big dilemma, which one to choose.
I haven't make a Intel build since 775 era so I'm a little behind and I need your advise on that one.
First of all at NCIX I can get ASRock Z77 OC Formula for $269-$40 MiR
Asus Maximus V Formula sales without deal like that only at $279
Money difference not really the point just another add to the subject.
I plan to overclock this build with i7 3770k and I have all water cooling components ready.
For Graphics I got 2x6970(under water)
All I ask is your professional advise.
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I'm a bit partial to the Asus MIV - I think its a better looking board, but really you can't go wrong either way - I've always enjoyed Asus high end boards and their premium service. Having used both BIOS, the Asus is nicer looking and easier to work with, but it really comes down to what you like smile.gif
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Maximus V Formula has a much larger community and is considered to have higher quality VRMs that are needed for +5GHz extreme overclocks. I was shocked the Asrock costs as much as the Formula eek.gif.
Since they cost about the same, I'd say get the Asus. If you can find the Asrock for around 50$ less, then get that.
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If your plan is not to go with Extreme OCing (LN2 or DICE) for benchmarks I'd probably go with the asus. The MVF should have nice features for both overclocking and gaming. It's an all around great board.
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Originally Posted by eXXon View Post

Maximus V Formula has a much larger community and is considered to have higher quality VRMs that are needed for +5GHz extreme overclocks. I was shocked the Asrock costs as much as the Formula eek.gif.
Since they cost about the same, I'd say get the Asus. If you can find the Asrock for around 50$ less, then get that.
My 2 coinage....

The asrock board has top notch components, it can clock a 3770K to over 7ghz so I really don't think 5ghz would be a problem...
 
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post #5 of 18
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....The asrock board has top notch components, it can clock a 3770K to over 7ghz so I really don't think 5ghz would be a problem...

Good to know thumb.gif I just followed the hype around here I guess.
I Love underdogs like Asrock who match the Big guys for lower prices.... just got thier very cheap but very nice Z77 Extreme4 and couldn't be happier. That's why I thought the Formula would be a good chunck lower than the Asus.....
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Thank you guys for the input!
Hmm.... none of you on the ASRock side, I count on that one,
and from my prospective it's seems like you favour reputation on the community more rather than specs of the specific board.
But I'll wait for a few days before I make final decision.

Thank you again.
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Maximus V Formula has a much larger community and is considered to have higher quality VRMs that are needed for +5GHz extreme overclocks. I was shocked the Asrock costs as much as the Formula eek.gif.
Since they cost about the same, I'd say get the Asus. If you can find the Asrock for around 50$ less, then get that.
My 2 coinage....

MVF is overated. Gigabyte UP5 has better VRM than that board. In fact it has comparable and some may say better VRM than Maximus V Extreme. UP7 destroys MVE on its turn.

As for ASRock Z77 OC Formula vs MVF, they are comparable, but Asus probably has more overclocking options in the BIOS.
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MVF is overated. Gigabyte UP5 has better VRM than that board. In fact it has comparable and some may say better VRM than Maximus V Extreme. UP7 destroys MVE on its turn.
As for ASRock Z77 OC Formula vs MVF, they are comparable, but Asus probably has more overclocking options in the BIOS.

You my friend are misinformed, I own all three of the above boards and the worst bunch of the three is definitely the UP5 by miles.
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You my friend are misinformed, I own all three of the above boards and the worst bunch of the three is definitely the UP5 by miles.

May I know why? Definitely not from hardware point. Gigabyte may need to improve BIOS though.
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Ok, here is the reality of things. The asus board in terms of hardware can OC just as well as the asrock board or even the MSI M-power. Unless you are using LN2 or liquid helium to cool your CPU, your overclock will be strictly CPU dependent.

That being said, the asus board has a MUCH better BIOS to overclock your chip with. You have more tweaks and voltages that can help you achieve the best potential out of your CPU.

So technically speaking, all the boards will OC about the same. Realistically the asus board will be better for getting the slightly higher overclock............however to see anything over 4.8ghz is rare no matter what mobo you have, so keep that in mind as well.

Now the real reason why anyone with the money should go with the asus board is if you like sound. Whether you are an unrealized audiophile, or a gamer who has a pretty decent set of headphones, the onboard audio is on par with a high end sound card. The one that you have has a SNR of 108 and the one on the mobo is 110 PLUS it has a headphone/speaker amplifier (which means you can turn the volume up higher while still maintaining clear audio). So basically the onboard audio will wipe the floor with your current sound card, and since it is ON the mobo, you can save on space in your rig thumb.gif
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