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[VRM Quality question] P8Z68-V Pro / P8Z68-V Pro Gen3

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Guys, since I am missing some features (Offset voltage, VRM / Phase controls as in VRM frequency and such) on my MSI Z68A-GD80 board I wanna go back to a ASUS.

Now, I have the ''tradition'' of never buying anything new as it's my opinion secondhand / open box / old stock stuff is just as good and cheaper.

So, The only decent boards I could find on sale here were a P8Z68-V Pro (Non Gen3) for €75 (Board only) and a P8Z68-V Pro Gen3 (New in box, but it's €102)

What I planned to do was order the P8Z68-V Pro for €75, test if my CPU actually runs it's overclocks stable on the board, if not return it within the 14 day try-out period we have here.

Question I have is, I benchmark quite high voltages and i'm not afraid to run 1.45-1.5v 24/7 on my 2500K. So, the board HAS to be capable to run at least 1.45v 24/7 and 1.60v benchmarks without a problem.

The GD80 I have now has rock solid VRM's and phases and plenty of em as well. I know the Z68-V Pro has a 12 phase CPU region and a seperate 4 phase iGPU region but how good are they really..

Bottom line is whether those Z68-V Pro's have a proper VRM setup and are strong enough for what I intent to do with it or not.
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post #2 of 6
i can't tell you exactly what drivers ro MOSFET manufacturer that board has but take a look at most asus boards i'm sure you'll see the pro, deluxe premium and workstations are very good.


hope it helps.
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I knea of that chart, but the Z68-V Pro or any Z68 above the LX really, is mentioned there but it's probably a good board anyway.
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post #4 of 6
yea a -V Pro should have their mainstearm VRM solution which in the case of Z68 was the same LF-PAK that you see on the list, however coupled with an 8 phase control capable of driving 8 phases true. However they could have used 6 of those 8 and made 12 instead. B2 to B3 also shouldn't change the VRM.

ASUS is very good with their mainstream VRm quality, i wouldn't worry.

just one thing, on asus Z68 make to sure to VRm frequency to 350khz for higher OCs.
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Originally Posted by Sin0822 View Post

yea a -V Pro should have their mainstearm VRM solution which in the case of Z68 was the same LF-PAK that you see on the list, however coupled with an 8 phase control capable of driving 8 phases true. However they could have used 6 of those 8 and made 12 instead. B2 to B3 also shouldn't change the VRM.

ASUS is very good with their mainstream VRm quality, i wouldn't worry.

just one thing, on asus Z68 make to sure to VRm frequency to 350khz for higher OCs.

Thanks for the info! + Rep

And yes, the frequency isn't adjustable at all on this MSI I got now. The phases are very powerful and stable as a rock in terms of vdroop / llc with the MSI GD80 but I miss offset voltage and the frequency a lot. I mean, my PC is idle a lot, downloading and just listening music / watching movies and with the MSI it idles at a whopping 51w for the CPU due to not undervolting cause it has no offset..
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post #6 of 6
the frequency ONLY matters on asus Z68 and P67, it is somthing with their VRM design that requires it. I think both boards have good quality VRMs, i wouldn't worry.
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