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Choosing AM3+ motherboard for overclocking

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Hi everyone.

I'm going to buy new motherboard soon for my Phenom II 960T (don't know if it unlocks) and I'd like to OC it as much as possible. Now I can't make up my mind which motherboard to choose, I've looked up reviews and forum threads of different motherboards and I've narrowed my list to these:

(prices in Finland)
Biostar TA990FXE 119€
Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 135€
Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 125€
Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 129€
MSI 990FXA-GD65 121€

I know that these boards aren't the best for hardcore overclocking but my budget is around 130€ and those are in my price range.
Now I'd like to get your opinion which one to choose just for overclocking, other features don't really matter (CF or SLI for example). I'm probably going to upgrade the CPU when Steamroller launches, if that matters tongue.gif.

You can of course recommend something else that's not on the list, that may be in my price range.

Thanks! thumb.gif

(Oh yeah, almost forgot to tell that I plan to overclock with air coolers for now.)
Edited by MorbidBlu - 4/5/13 at 12:01am
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Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3, has a solid 8+2 power phase design for overclocking. The rest in the list are 6+2 / 4+2 / 4+1.

You can grab a Gigabyte 970A-UD3 for cheaper, it has the same solid power phase design as the 990FX-UD3. Only difference is a blue PCB, and Crossfire only at 4x. If you don't plan to Crossfire, then you're good to go with this board.
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The Gigabyte 970A-UD3 goes around 90€ here so yea that would be cheaper to get, but i was wondering that does it have the same VRM design as 990FXA-UD3? And I've read that the 970 series Gigabyte boards have 4 channels even though they are 8+2 power phase boards (don't know about the 990FXA-UD3 that's why i listed it.).
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