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Poll Results: Which brand would you buy a Z87 Motherboard from?

 
  • 31% (82)
    ASUS
  • 14% (39)
    ASRock
  • 0% (1)
    ECS
  • 12% (33)
    MSI
  • 37% (99)
    Gigabyte
  • 0% (0)
    Foxconn
  • 0% (0)
    Zotac
  • 2% (7)
    EVGA
  • 0% (1)
    Biostar
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post #81 of 127
Quote:
Originally Posted by xxbassplayerxx View Post

To quote Sin0822:
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In addition the PLX chip, the OC Force has 16 60A phases (IR3550) and the OC has 8 40A phases (IR3553). 8 is more than enough for 99% of users... You just need to cram features on the high end to make them compete feature-wise!

Add that together with the integrated watercooling on the heatsink, higher-end audio, dual Intel lan, and a few other things and you get your $200 premium. As far as 4-Way boards go... I think the OC Force will actually end up being one of the cheapest. The MSI Xpower has shown up at $440 and I'd be surprised if the Asus M6E came in at less than $450... But I guess we'll see!

how does the oc force compare to the sniper 5? (for overclocking and gaming purposes)
other than the better onboard soundcard on the sniper, what are the advantages of the oc force? prices are about the same where I checked,
post #82 of 127
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Originally Posted by malaki View Post

same thing for me

has anyone here bought the sniper 5 and can tell me if the bios looks like this ( on the oc / oc force )


or does it have a green color scheme?

I think you can change the color scheme in-BIOS, though I haven't tried. To get the cool widescreen view like that, your GPU needs to be supported, your monitor needs to be 1080 or higher, and you need to be a bit lucky lol. They're working on extending compatibility right now.
Quote:
Originally Posted by malaki View Post

how does the oc force compare to the sniper 5? (for overclocking and gaming purposes)
other than the better onboard soundcard on the sniper, what are the advantages of the oc force? prices are about the same where I checked,

Just posted something that answers your question in another thread:
Quote:
Originally Posted by xxbassplayerxx View Post


I don't think you'll see any difference in the overclocking capability of the two boards on air or water. Both boards use the same amount of IR3550 mosfets... so power delivery should be nearly identical.

The OC Force is targeted at subzero overclockers where the G1 are targeted at gamers. Both can do 4-Way, but benchers don't need sound... so they did a standard Realtek onboard for the OC. Gamers don't need overclocking buttons so they used all the extra cash towards sound.

If you plan to benchmark competitively, get the OC Force. If you plan to find your stable OC and then game, get the G1 Sniper.
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post #83 of 127
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Originally Posted by xxbassplayerxx View Post

I think you can change the color scheme in-BIOS, though I haven't tried. To get the cool widescreen view like that, your GPU needs to be supported, your monitor needs to be 1080 or higher, and you need to be a bit lucky lol. They're working on extending compatibility right now.
Just posted something that answers your question in another thread:

I read it, thanks for your help, do you have the sniper or oc force? So I guess the snipers version of the bios is probably in green compared to the orange of the oc and oc force?

I wanted to order a sniper + cpu now, unfortunately I have waited a bit too long and my favorite shop has sold out the few pieces they had =)
post #84 of 127
I have the standard OC and it's been awesome so far.

The G1 has a green BIOS by default. Not sure if you can change it.
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post #85 of 127
MSI MPOWER Max or XPOWER for me, cant find much of a difference between the 2 aside from size and extra PCIe slots.
post #86 of 127
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Originally Posted by DaveLT View Post

I saw the G1.Sniper 5 price today ... all i can say, HOLY SHUCKS
It's 200$ over the G1.Sniper 3 ...
ASRock? Z87 Extreme4 is 80$ over the Z77

You are being too polite...I saw the pricing for Z87 boards here in NZ and they are a lot more expensive than the z77 equivalents....
post #87 of 127
I've actually been quite surprised at how incredibly expensive the Z87 boards are, except the Z87X-OC. Pre-release rumors said $250-$275 and it released at $199... Pleasant surprise biggrin.gif
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post #88 of 127
When is the Maximus VI Gene supposed to hit?
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post #89 of 127
lol I'm the only one who voted for Biostar. This board looks amazing and I'm sure the price will be right!

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post #90 of 127
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Originally Posted by BakerMan1971 View Post

I have an ASUS Gryphon in a shopping basket right now.
the colour scheme is a factor smile.gif
pricewise it is really nice, its either that or the Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H, which has more features but has blue on there and is only £5 more

m-atx is not important, its going in the Corsair C70 in my sig.

any thoughts?

***edit***
Took the plunge
4670k
Asus Gryphon
Vengeance 1866 ram
Thermalright True Spirit 140

will probably get the pre-orders next week.

You should leave a review of that board here on OCN. That is my favorite MATX board for Haswell, the only thing I don't like about it is the maximum supported ram speed is 1866. See if you can get your ram to actually run at a higher speed than 1866 will you?
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