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Offset OC, worth it?

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Looking at the MSI Z77 Mpower vs Gigabyte UD5H.

Gigabyte UD5H over the MSI Z77 MPower

- has offset OC (is it worth it? Any workarounds for the mpower to have offset OC?)
- has better looking UEFI bios (don't know if MSI is good looking too, though I'm thinking that I won't be spending too much time in the bios just one time for OC)
- cheaper about $180 newegg

Mpower over UD5H

- has better looking board than the blue heatsinks of UD5H
- has wifi and bluetooth

I don't know which has better VRMs or components but I'm just planning to OC to about 4.5 ghz, I don't know if the VRMs, PWMs and components make a difference to that speed between the two.
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IMO offset voltage is a much better setup as it generally results in lower voltage and when the chip down clocks it can lower the voltage as well (instead of running the oc'd voltage at all times) - as far as aesthetics, its really up to you to decide on what you want in that department, but mainly you're likely not going to see it that much and they are both decent looking boards IMO
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I've got the UD5H and have been pretty happy with it. I'm going to be changing over from a fixed OC to the offset variety in the next couple of days and can post up the temp results from my current fixed versus the new offset to show if there was any change for me.

A couple of notes:
  • The MPower only has 2 SATA 6gb/s connections versus the 5 on the UD5H. Of course, this only matters if you're running more than 2 high speed SSD's or HDD's. The MPower also only has one LAN port versus the UD5H's two. Of course, you might not ever use the extra LAN port...
  • If you go with the UD5H, get the latest BIOS - F15r from here: Latest Gigtabyte Beta BIOS - After reading today that the F15q BIOS may be the reason my OC settings aren't 'sticking', I'll be updating to that one myself.
  • Even if you're only going to be setting a relatively conservative 24/7 OC, don't plan on it being a 1 time trip through BIOS unless you're willing to bump up your voltage settings to a for certain good level at the expense of temperature. To get your best possible OC for your settings, you really need to get to a stable point, then decrease voltage in single increments until you get to the lowest voltage you can run stably. This will get you the lowest possible temperatures for your individual hardware and configuration. There's tons of postings about this, but the basic process is set BIOS, get to Windows, run P95 for 30 minutes or so. If you're stable, go back to BIOS and lower the voltage 1 'click'. Go back to Windows, run P95 for another 30 minutes. Repeat this until you get a WHEA error (See this thread to set up WHEA alerts), you get a P95 application error or a BSOD. Then go back into BIOS and raise the voltage 1 'click'. Finally, run P95 for 12 to 24 hours to see if the current settings are truly stable.

Oh, and don't be an idiot like me and install x86 P95 when you have 64 bit Windows. tongue.gif
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I just got the Mpower like 3 days ago it was 189 at microcenter and the ud5h is 179 and after going from the UD3h bios to this bios...i am not really that satisfied. the mpower bios feels too basic and not enough tweakable options. although ivy bridge does not require changing much to get your desired OC setting, I like to get the absolute lowest voltages and temps I possibly can. and being able to tweak current protections, all LLCs rather than just vcore, and having smaller increments to use in your numbers rather than just .25 or .5, I think i'm going back to get the UD5H and switch this out :/ Don't get me wrong, the Mpower is stable and a definite quality board, but I think I just like gigabyte better overall. And another thing, with ud3h, whatever voltage I chose, once I loaded CPU-Z, that was the exact voltage I got. not so with the mpower. I've tried every single Vdroop offset/llc option and the voltage never matches what I set in the bios when I get to windows and check it. I'm also considering the Z77X-UP4 TH because of the new Ultra durable 5 power stages. may want to check that out.

EDIT: as far as the way the bios LOOKS: MSI's is much better than any other company IMO. and if you're not going to be spending much time in the bios and you want something more on the basic side, the MPOWer should be right up your alley. you can achieve stable OC's with very little effort.
 
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