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The Extreme 4 is a bad overclocker in comparison.

Every review I read prior to getting this board for my wife's build disagrees with your statement.

If you're going to be overclocking using something extreme, you don't want this board. Then again, it's not targeted at the heavy enthusiast crowd either. That's the reason it can be found for $110 or less when on sale. (that's what I bought her board for.) I have NEVER found a decent Gigabyte Intel board that was chock full of features at $110.
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Every review I read prior to getting this board for my wife's build disagrees with your statement.

If you're going to be overclocking using something extreme, you don't want this board. Then again, it's not targeted at the heavy enthusiast crowd either. That's the reason it can be found for $110 or less when on sale. (that's what I bought her board for.) I have NEVER found a decent Gigabyte board that was chock full of features at $110.

And yet you can also find the Biostar TZ77XE3 for pretty much the same price as the Extreme4 when the Extreme4 is on sale, and it also uses much better components and is a much better overclocker. Also, every review except Sin's didn't actually take off the heatsinks off the Extreme4, exposing the D-PAK mosfet.
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Originally Posted by Mad Pistol View Post

Every review I read prior to getting this board for my wife's build disagrees with your statement.

If you're going to be overclocking using something extreme, you don't want this board. Then again, it's not targeted at the heavy enthusiast crowd either. That's the reason it can be found for $110 or less when on sale. (that's what I bought her board for.) I have NEVER found a decent Gigabyte board that was chock full of features at $110.

Most mobo reviews are quite superficial. Read this: http://www.overclock.net/t/1333812/asrock-z77-extreme4-z77-extreme6-review

And sales are sales, yes if you found an extreme4 for a low price it can be nice. But the same deal could have happened for a gigabyte board. In general the E4 is just inferior to GB's lo end offerings.
 
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Right.

I'm going to bow out of this thread now, since apparently I bought a terrible motherboard. Thanks guys. thumb.gif
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Right.

I'm going to bow out of this thread now, since apparently I bought a terrible motherboard. Thanks guys. thumb.gif

The Extreme 4 does run warm when overclocked for something with such big heatsinks. The Extreme 3 Gen Z68 was better in that department, just didn't have as many features. The gigabyte Z77X-D3H, UD3H and Biostar's TZ77XE3 and XE4 are the best budget priced Z77 offerings. The Extreme 4 brings up the bottom of that pack all things considered. Not a bad product, but not the best. The Extreme 3 Gen 3 made a very strong case on Z68, but it's successor (Z77 Extreme 4) has no such luck.
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that mobo is ugly.
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Good board, but the pcb color should be plain black.
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I'm pretty sure the Extreme4 is the better overclocker. Notice the absent heatsink on the top VRM set on the Gigabyte board.

If you're not overclocking, the Gigabyte board is the winner, hands down. Also, ASrock's included software suite and UEFI Bios are both superb. They are far better than any Gigabyte board I have used to date.

The ud3h has validated 7Ghz with ivy bridge, highest validation with the extreme 4 is 5400Mhz. The extreme 4 could overclock, just not as far as most other z77 boards.
    
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Every review I read prior to getting this board for my wife's build disagrees with your statement.

If you're going to be overclocking using something extreme, you don't want this board. Then again, it's not targeted at the heavy enthusiast crowd either. That's the reason it can be found for $110 or less when on sale. (that's what I bought her board for.) I have NEVER found a decent Gigabyte Intel board that was chock full of features at $110.

They are marketing reviews.

Well if you weren't buying asrock boards you might have found a good gigabyte one by now.

This is coming from someone who has previously owned and used asrock boards, and they are chock full of cut corners and cheap components.
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Personally, I like Gigabyte's blue PCBs as well as black PCBs.

For good or for ill, all of Gigabyte's 8-series / Lynx Point boards are going to be black this time around. Even the B85/H87 models.
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