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Which is better in terms of components, VRMs, PWMs?

I've read somewhere that it's much harder to maintain an overclock when using offset voltage vs. Fixed? I wanna asked this because if going fixed voltage is fine and won't hurt the cpu that much.
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I am a ROG fan; the Maximus V series is fantastic. The Rampage IV series is even better; the ROG quality is fantastic, in general. Now, are they worth the extra money? That is debatable; if you are buying it for the color-scheme, then it doesn't matter. I really like Gigabyte boards, as well, but to my knowledge, for mATX, there is no Gigabyte alternative. Both the MSI and Asus will overclock very well; no need to worry about that. If I had to go on a limb, I would say they are pretty much the same, but the ROG board may be built just a tiny bit better, or with parts that are just a tiny bit better. If you are willing to pay the premium, Asus ROG boards are fantastic, but not much different than the MSI board. That being said, Asus boards come with some great software; AI Suite II, on the MV series, is a great set of utilities. Turbo-V-Evo is a very easy way to overclock, that works at the hardware-level, so even if you uninstalled AI Suite, the overclock would remain. I don't know about MSI software/drivers, but the ones that came with my Maximus V Formula are great.

Just some things to think about.
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I kind of want to know this too..

I have a question for the OP, are these the only 2 motherboards that interest you?

I ask because there are other motherboards that could potentially be better*core component wise* than these two options.
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I kind of want to know this too..

I have a question for the OP, are these the only 2 motherboards that interest you?

I ask because there are other motherboards that could potentially be better*core component wise* than these two options.

What other boards would be better? /i've been looking at the Mpower Z77 as well.
 
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I kind of want to know this too..

I have a question for the OP, are these the only 2 motherboards that interest you?

I ask because there are other motherboards that could potentially be better*core component wise* than these two options.
yeah. What other boards are good? Actually i'm looking at gigabyte boards (up4 or ud5h) up4 for the color scheme as the ud5h color is just awful(blue scheme). I'm looking at other boards because the msi mpower doesn't have offset voltage for overclocking. I don't know if this is a big issue or we can live with a fixed voltage overclock?
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There are other more expensive better boards, but unless extreme cooling it is more about the features.
As for the software, after using both I prefer the MSI control center to AISuite. When you shut down control center it's gone, you can't just close aisuite, & the msi software doesn't give you wrong error messages about your cpu being at 1.9V or at 130° when it isn't.

The mvg is better in general for overclocking memory, but both boards are great for cpu overclocking.

As far as Gigabyte, I only have the lower end ud3h for z77, & as a guy who likes memory overclocking I wouldn't buy another one although it is also easy for cpu overclocking.. Hopefully the up/higher end boards are better with memory
    
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Well I can't say much about offset overclocking as I am still on lga 1366, which most if not all people used fixed vcore.
I hear the mpower is a great board but people complain about no offset, it was a deal breaker for them, how much of this affects ov
Overclocking I have no idea. If I were to get a z77 board now it would be in no order:
Mvf
Mpower
Up5
Ud4
Z77 FTW
Z77 classified
Z77 sli

I didn't mention the mvg because I don't need an matx board and I love to run dual gpus.
I like a dark kind of scheme to the board.
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Vote for the mpower, its a wonderful board at the price range. The only thing I really didn't like was the proprietary WiFi and Bluetooth which crapped out on me but a lot of manufacturers seem to be going that route.
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Well I can't say much about offset overclocking as I am still on lga 1366, which most if not all people used fixed vcore.
I hear the mpower is a great board but people complain about no offset, it was a deal breaker for them, how much of this affects ov
Overclocking I have no idea. If I were to get a z77 board now it would be in no order:
Mvf
Mpower
Up5
Ud4
Z77 FTW
Z77 classified
Z77 sli

I didn't mention the mvg because I don't need an matx board and I love to run dual gpus.
I like a dark kind of scheme to the board.

The offset does save a bit of power in the idle state, at 4.8Ghz 1.35V the difference was 40 watts less power used at idle, no difference under load.
So while I don't say offset is useless or dissuade people from using it it really doesn't make that much difference having the clock & voltage drop at idle, many motherboards support it now so it got more popular to use it.
I like to be able to look back at screenshots & see what what clcok & vcore I was running, so even on boards that do have an offset option I prefer fixed.
    
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There are other more expensive better boards, but unless extreme cooling it is more about the features.
As for the software, after using both I prefer the MSI control center to AISuite. When you shut down control center it's gone, you can't just close aisuite, & the msi software doesn't give you wrong error messages about your cpu being at 1.9V or at 130° when it isn't.

The mvg is better in general for overclocking memory, but both boards are great for cpu overclocking.

As far as Gigabyte, I only have the lower end ud3h for z77, & as a guy who likes memory overclocking I wouldn't buy another one although it is also easy for cpu overclocking.. Hopefully the up/higher end boards are better with memory
thanks guys. Just gonna get the Mpower then. smile.gif
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