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Upgrading to Asus m5a99x

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I recently got the asrock extreme 3 970, but I guess it's not the greatest board to overclock. So I recently upgraded to a Asus m5a99x at a deal price. I ordered it but I need your guys feedback on it. Thanks

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AsRock 970 Extreme 3 is more for a budget mobo and it is a 4+1 power phase.
Asus m5a99x is a better mobo overall and it is a 6+1 or 6+2 powerphase.
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I have the 970 chipset version, essentially the same board, same phases etc.

Well I overclock on it, my Phenom II x6 runs at 4.0Ghz 1.380vcore. My board can maintain a stable current and fortunately the VRMs run cool. The board takes a NB. SB and VRM reading and averages it unfortunately, but mine tops at 28c sometimes, only because I added an extra fan. My VRMs run cold, warm when prime95 has been running for a bit, general use and gaming fine.

Obviously all boards are different but that's my experience with it hope that gives some indication of how good the board is smile.gif the fan control is a nice feature also biggrin.gif
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I just started learning about the phases and stuff like that. So any thing about it is helpful. I'm trying to build I high end rig so, I'll be working my way up there.

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What CPU are you going to be overclocking on it?

Phases are the black blocks next to the CPU socket that delivers power, in depth explanation tongue.gif

Mosfets are split up into CPU power lanes and memory power lanes. So basically the more mosfets you have the better chances of a more clean stable current to be delivered, meaning that they don't have to work as hard reducing the chance of failure. So they are essential in clean current during overclocks and can determine whether a chip will be stable or whether a chip will draw too much and damage it.

A 6+2 phase is good for overclocking smile.gif

http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Everything-You-Need-to-Know-About-The-Motherboard-Voltage-Regulator-Circuit/616/3
Edited by mikeo01 - 2/12/13 at 1:06pm
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I'll be overclocking a fx8320

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