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£100 budget for an overclocking motherboard

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Here's the options.....

Asrock z77 Extreme4 (bought and dispatched, but thinking on RMA ing it!)
MSI Z77A-GD55
Gigabyte Z77X-D3H

I intend to hit around 4.2/3 ghz ballpark.....I prefer it if it had 6+ USB ports and at least 6 SATA ports, ( I know these three pass my requirements )

However I think I made a bad choice on asrock, something about VRMs not being good enough and the RAM slots 2+4 wont accept 1600mhz ram..... this true ?

Any Suggestions.
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If you can return it free of charge and get the Gigabyte Z77X-D3H do it, else just keep it.

The VRM's will handle it, it's just that they heat up and aren't too good in quality. But 4.2~4.3 is a mild overclock, I've seen 4.7 GHz on this board.

Some refs:
http://www.overclock.net/t/1360404/asrock-z77-extreme-4-vcore-reading/0_20
http://www.overclock.net/t/1333812/asrock-z77-extreme4-z77-extreme6-review/0_20
http://www.overclock.net/t/1271002/asrock-z77-vrm-phase-cooling-badly-needed/0_20
http://www.overclock.net/t/1306963/asrock-z77-extreme4-or-ga-z77x-ud3h/0_20
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Yea, Extreme4 uses low-end D-PAK mosfets that cause too much heat. It also has a voltage reporting issue. The issue about RAM is most likely related to a defective product.

GD55 vs D3H is really about preference. Both boards have solid VRM, but D3H is slightly better. It has digital PWM vs analog on MSI. It also supports offset overclocking, and VIA codec is better than ALC892 on MSI. GD55 has voltage read points, and oc buttons.
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