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And again, these UP boards have arguably the best VRMs on the market right now. It's just a shame they had to use a different chipset on the UP5.

I'm not convinced the issues are directly related to the chipset. Perhaps the firmware team's relative unfamiliarity with it was a factor, but the chipset it self should have next to nothing to do with CPU/memory overclocking. Indeed, their recent progress with the newest F4u and F4v beta BIOSes suggests that chipset in and of itself, is not the problem.

I probably would not have purchased the board if it did not have the C606 chipset, as this is one of it's major selling points...a potentially very fast (if you use set it to PCI-E gen2 or 3, it's faster for RAID 0 or 10 than any controller card that doesn't cost more than the entire UP5) 8-port SAS controller, almost for free.
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I'm not convinced the issues are directly related to the chipset. Perhaps the firmware team's relative unfamiliarity with it was a factor, but the chipset it self should have next to nothing to do with CPU/memory overclocking. Indeed, their recent progress with the newest F4u and F4v beta BIOSes suggests that chipset in and of itself, is not the problem.

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Well that's definitely reassuring to know. At least then the issues should be getting resolved. And thanks for the extra info; I wasn't aware of the added benefits of the C606.

Although I still wouldn't recommend it to the OP as he's probably looking for a board that will work right away.

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Ah, thanks for the info, rep+

But I had cold boot issues with my 990FX Gigabyte board too, something to think about....

Between the Xpower II and this, which would you guys go for? Keep in mind that on every single review I read the Xpower achieved a higher overclock, and holds the 7th position in the world for 3930K frequency. I'm leaning towards the x power atm, just because of that monster power phase and it's better overclockability compared to the Gigabyte.

The XPower is an excellent board as well, no doubt.

While I'd still say the UP4 will likely be able to clock higher because of the superior VRM, in all honesty you'd probably only see any difference on LN2. So I'd just go with the one your gut feels better with. They're both high-end, quality boards and should each be able to get the job done.

Just go by any features you'd find useful and/or which one you like better.
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I decided to go with the xpower, but if I get an amazing deal on the UP4 I'd probably jump on that instead. Thanks for all the help, I appreciate it smile.gif
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UP4 is a very good board for the price. Honestly the only major complaint I have with it is that there is no clear cmos and reset buttons on the board, so you have to do it the old way.
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I decided to go with the xpower, but if I get an amazing deal on the UP4 I'd probably jump on that instead. Thanks for all the help, I appreciate it smile.gif

Great choice. You won't be disappointed. thumb.gif
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