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I got an asrock extreme 4 z77 mobo off amazon two weeks ago for £100. It seems like a decent mobo but I have recently discovered people talking about its poor MOSFETs. I still have two weeks or so to return this mobo and buy something else. I can get a gigabyte z77x ud3h for an extra £10 or so or pay a bit more and get the extreme6.

Is it worth me returning the mobo if I plan on running my CPU at 5ghz folding near enough 24/7?
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I am interested in this as well. I don't mind the work to replace a mobo but what to upgrade to and if it's worth it is important.
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While the UD3H certainly has a better VRM than the Extreme4, I wouldn't say it's necessary to swap for it.

Unless you're hitting a wall with the E4, the only other noticeable benefit you'd see (aside from features) could be the need for slightly less voltage on your chosen overclock and possible a bit more longevity out of the board. So if those two things are important to you, I'd consider the switch. Otherwise put a fan on the VRM and call it a day.
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While the UD3H certainly has a better VRM than the Extreme4, I wouldn't say it's necessary to swap for it.

Unless you're hitting a wall with the E4, the only other noticeable benefit you'd see (aside from features) could be the need for slightly less voltage on your chosen overclock and possible a bit more longevity out of the board. So if those two things are important to you, I'd consider the switch. Otherwise put a fan on the VRM and call it a day.

So watercooling the VRM's will improve performance? The asus p8z77 boards use the same layout so I think some blocks are compatible.
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For 5Ghz 24/7 folding, I would replace it. Especially if that's a Sandy Bridge CPU. Either replace it (which would make most sense since you are still within return window), or add active cooling (which doesn't worth investing $). Although I hear some people say the heatsink on Extreme4 stays totally cool, but others say it's hot to touch. I tend to believe the latest. What is your experience so far?

You can get MSI Z77A-GD55 for nearly the same price.

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So watercooling the VRM's will improve performance? The asus p8z77 boards use the same layout so I think some blocks are compatible.

That would be overkill. Just a fan blowing some air over the MOSFETs and chokes should be enough.
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My MOSFETs are extremely hot to touch, you couldnt keep a finger pressed over it longer than a couple seconds.

Which z77 motherboard should I swap this for? I need to be able to overclock high 5ghz+ for 24/7 folding. I dont care for SLI but 6gb sata would be nice. Anything above this is just an added bonus really.

All in all im looking for the best high clocking z77 mobo for under £130ish on Amazon. I paid £100 for the E4 I got now from asrock.

thanks
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Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H, ASRock Z77 Extreme6, MSI Z77A-GD55/GD65 thumb.gif.
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In that case I'd be inclined to swap it out.

The Z77X-UD3H would be my pick in the price range. A little higher than that and you're looking at the UD5H or UP4.
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hmm the ud5h is too expensive really.

Whats the difference between the d3h and ud3h? The extra U costs £20
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