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I'll be using it with a i7 3770k and planning to oc it to about 4.5ghz. Any thoughts on MSI Mpower z77? About its mosfets, VRM, PWM?

I really don't know anything about its components compared Gigabyte Ultra Durable boards.

My other choices are the MSI GD65 and Gigabyte UD5H.
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I'd go with the Mpower. I had the pleasure of building a system for a friend with that board as the base and it was a great experience. Nice BIOS layout that's easy to navigate, great QC, and an awesome OC board as well.
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I'd go with the Mpower. I had the pleasure of building a system for a friend with that board as the base and it was a great experience. Nice BIOS layout that's easy to navigate, great QC, and an awesome OC board as well.

Thanks for the reply. How much OC had you gone with it? Are its components inferior compared to the Gigabyte UD5H boards?
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I've OC'd I decent bit with the 3570k on the board and it was a solid performer. I definitely recommend it fit everything you get included with the board. I have no experience with the Gigabyte UD series so I have no comment composing the two, but military class is just as good in my eyes.

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I've OC'd I decent bit with the 3570k on the board and it was a solid performer. I definitely recommend it fit everything you get included with the board. I have no experience with the Gigabyte UD series so I have no comment composing the two, but military class is just as good in my eyes.

Look up some reviews and unboxings. thumb.gif
I'll get the UD5H just because of one reason - It supports offset overclocking.Mpower Z77 Is amazing board but it doesn't support offset OC,only fixed which degrades CPU's way faster and doesn't allow you to push voltages over 1.4V because your rig will be 24/7 at that voltage.
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I'll get the UD5H just because of one reason - It supports offset overclocking.Mpower Z77 Is amazing board but it doesn't support offset OC,only fixed which degrades CPU's way faster and doesn't allow you to push voltages over 1.4V because your rig will be 24/7 at that voltage.

What does offset overclocking do and is it worth it to get a board that has it? Can't I do it manually? I saw some people say that you just have to do it manually on MSI boards.
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What does offset overclocking do and is it worth it to get a board that has it? Can't I do it manually? I saw some people say that you just have to do it manually on MSI boards.
Offset means undervolting when system is at idle.So,when system is at idle,voltage = 0.800-1.000 depending on your offset.And then at load,the VID+offet will be the way voltage is supplied.So if you run 5.0Ghz @ 1.5V,at idle you're going to be 1600mhz and 0.9V and at load - 5.0ghz and 1.5V .With the fixed(manual) mode that is the only one supported by the z77 mpower,at idle - 1600mhz 1.5v ,load - 5.0ghz 1.5V You'll always be running at your fixed voltage which will decrase the livespan of your chip.
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