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What cooling are you going to use? The asrock has poor cpu socket placement. Unless you're going to watercool or use like stock intel cooler, most coolers block the pci-e. Ones that don't are often the type of air cooler that blow air down instead of out the back of the case. The asus mobo however can fit anything even a silver arrow or noctua's nd-h14.

Also because of the m-sata on the back of the asrock, even most water-block back-plates will require some hacksaw-ing to get it not to conflict, even some back-plates from air coolers. Asrock overclocks just fine (nice bios), I have one running an i5 3570k at 4.3GHz.

I personally can't justify the extra 30% price of the asus, unless you're dead set on using a massive air cooler.

I'm water cooling, 240, 200, 120.
    
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Jocelyn84 tested both boards and found they are performing similarly when overclocking.

Based on all that I've read, this appears to be true. Only real issue with the ASRock seems to be the crowded CPU area. In fact, originally it seemed to be the better overclocker, but Asus caught up with a BIOS update.
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I'm surprised there isnt much mention of the Gigabyte board. It's one of the most stable ITX boards I've had.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128568

Great color scheme, great layout, great price with wireless.

And my favorite, dual gigabit
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I'm surprised there isnt much mention of the Gigabyte board.

Perhaps because it's only 4-phase and there's no option to adjust VCore. This is OCN after all smile.gif You have to be lucky with a chip that can overclock well at stock volts. Or you're not into overclocking, in which case the GA-H77N has the same features.
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I'm water cooling, 240, 200, 120.

I'd go for the asrock then if it were my choice. It doesn't have any faults if you're water cooling. There's a z77e-itx owners club here, plenty of people running i5 2500k at near or 5GHz, plenty of people with good overclocks on ivy bridge too. Can't say much about the asus because I've not owned it.
Edited by ilikebeer - 2/11/13 at 12:31am
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I'm surprised there isnt much mention of the Gigabyte board. It's one of the most stable ITX boards I've had.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128568

Great color scheme, great layout, great price with wireless.

And my favorite, dual gigabit


Voltage locked. So verryy limited OC'ing.

This is OCN, not Sensible Computing.net biggrin.gif
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While Asus and Asrock overclocked the same doesn't necessarily mean that the Asrock wouldn't start popping caps after awhile under heavier OC.
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Voltage locked. So verryy limited OC'ing.

This is OCN, not Sensible Computing.net biggrin.gif

What if I dont want to OC.

And I buy a Xeon E3-1230???
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What if I dont want to OC. And I buy a Xeon E3-1230???

The OP already said he will overclock, is going to watercool, and he prefers the extra mSata port. Why not help give him some relevant advice instead of posing what-ifs? biggrin.gif
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While Asus and Asrock overclocked the same doesn't necessarily mean that the Asrock wouldn't start popping caps after awhile under heavier OC.

there is no single report of that, so it's safe to assume that it won't.
the asus board might be superior in overclocking if you are trying to achieve 6 - 7ghz, but with only 5ghz? asrock can handle that just fine.
Edited by ghostrider85 - 2/11/13 at 12:34pm
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