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Which board for an OC'd 8350 is best?

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G'day guys, my current MB is throttling more and more each day due to taxing the power phase (95w board on a 125W chip).

I'm getting the 8350 tomorrow and have he choice of two boards.
The Sabertooth 990FX
Or the Crosshair V Formula Z

I will likely be Crossfiring the board with a second 7970 down the track, I was also like to know if this is a good idea, or whether the 8350 cant handle two of them?

I might just use a single 7970 with the 8350 and buy a HD 9xxx series AMD card when the steamrollers are out.

If I save money on the board I could get a better CPU cooler.
The only differences I can see is a extra PCIe port and 990FX Chipset instead of 990X what's the difference? The Crosshair board is like $100 bucks more..

I was going to get the CNPS12X Zalman 5 pipe 3x120mm fan air cooler, but was wondering if it would cool better than a slightly more expensive closed water unit?

Like an LQ320
Or H80i

The two water units are similarly priced, I'm not too concerned about noise, as my 7970 would definitely be louder lol.

Bistow upon me your wise opinions biggrin.gif
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The difference between chipsets are here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMD_900_chipset_series
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The difference between chipsets are here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMD_900_chipset_series

Ah thanks, turns out both of those boards are sporting the 990FX chipset anyway, not sure what I was looking at earlier lol.

So, looks like I'll be going for the Sabertooth, as I dont really see any benefit to get the Formula Z. Or am I missing something?
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sabertooth is good enough go for it
    
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inspite of closed loop coolers i'd say go for noctua nh d 14
    
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inspite of closed loop coolers i'd say go for noctua nh d 14

Unfortunately the store I buy from doesn't stock that particular cooler, Here's a list of the ones it does.

Which would you recommend?
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Thermaltake Frio OCK, undoubtedly
    
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I may be a bit late to this thread, but I've had both boards--currently the Crosshair V Formula Z. I run two GPUs: a GTX 460 and a GTX 570. Obviously, this is not a typical SLI dual rig. I use the cards for CUDA math crunching, not gaming. The PCIe slots on the Sabertooth are closer together, which made it much harder to keep the cards cool on air. Both are Gigabyte, one with two fans, one with three. The problem was that the 570 ended up breathing hot air from the 460. Also, with 2 slot cards, the PCIe x1 and the PCI slots get buried.

On the CHVFZ the PCIe x16 slots you use for two cards have much more spacing, and one of the x1 slot is still accessible. The GPUs breath much better, too.

EDIT: I'm running an 8350. Take note, too, that the CHVFZ has power connections all over the place. I liked the fan control and temp monitoring on the Sabertooth better, though.
Edited by ktony - 6/3/13 at 8:11pm
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