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well on Intel MSi does a good job with the VRMs, there isn't a reason to doubt their VRM on Z87 if you pay over $100 for a board.
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post #12 of 19
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well on Intel MSi does a good job with the VRMs, there isn't a reason to doubt their VRM on Z87 if you pay over $100 for a board.

@SIN
So do you think the MSI board is pretty decent?

Honestly, all I am reading/seeing about Haswell is that there motherboards are good but the cpus are a hit or miss *overclocking wise at least*.
Plans are to do this:
Amazon bundle GD-65 Gaming with 4770K or
Have a friend go to Microcenter and get the UD4H Bundle
I'm torn between the two:P.

Great shots btw of the air/water cooled VRM sections!!
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post #13 of 19
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@SIN
So do you think the MSI board is pretty decent?

Honestly, all I am reading/seeing about Haswell is that there motherboards are good but the cpus are a hit or miss *overclocking wise at least*.
Plans are to do this:
Amazon bundle GD-65 Gaming with 4770K or
Have a friend go to Microcenter and get the UD4H Bundle
I'm torn between the two:P.

Great shots btw of the air/water cooled VRM sections!!

haswell oc is less on the mobos fault, ,but mainly the architectures fault for making a oc hating design
     
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I have the Gigabyte UD4H with a 4670K and I really like it so far. I was having stability issues with it at first, but I updated the BIOS to the beta F6c version that's posted on Tweaktown, and that has fixed all my issues.

I don't know how big of a difference it really makes in practice, but I like how with this generation Gigabyte uses the PowIRstage VRMs on all their boards instead of just the higher-end UP series.

It also shouldn't matter since my case doesn't have a window, but I really like the understated black and red color scheme of the UD4H.
post #15 of 19
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Ya....got my asrock extreme 4 from Micro Center and so far I'm impressed. Overclocking is very simple in the bios, you can just select from a pre selection of overclock profiles or manually adjust them.

For my 4770k, I just selected the profile 4.4ghz and bam! Overclock done and stable.
How are your voltage & temps? I read in one review of this board that using the OC Tweaker to auto OC it to 4.4Ghz puts the voltage at 1.27, but then they were able to manually drop the voltage down to 1.22 where it was still rock solid stable and the temps dropped -10°C. Mine will be getting here on Wednesday so I'll play around with mine and see what kind of results I get.

It sure looks to be a very feature-packed board for only $170 delivered. And the icing on the cake is that right now NewEgg is also including a FREE stick of Crucial Ballisix 8GB RAM (which I'll sell on eBay for $60, or about $48 after fees & shipping), so my net cost on the motherboard will be just $122!
post #16 of 19
I wouldn't go with MSI for motherboards. I just don't trust their reliability, since I've heard quite a few stories of failure and fires -.-
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post #17 of 19
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haswell oc is less on the mobos fault, ,but mainly the architectures fault for making a oc hating design
For CPU OC perhaps not much difference, but memory and BCLK there is a lot of difference between boards, especially memory. BUt yea, FIVR makes it so that each CPU has its own VRm which is standardized and thus the VRM on the motherboard matters slightly less, however still kind of important.
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@SIN
So do you think the MSI board is pretty decent?

Honestly, all I am reading/seeing about Haswell is that there motherboards are good but the cpus are a hit or miss *overclocking wise at least*.
Plans are to do this:
Amazon bundle GD-65 Gaming with 4770K or
Have a friend go to Microcenter and get the UD4H Bundle
I'm torn between the two:P.

Great shots btw of the air/water cooled VRM sections!!
I havn't used any of their Z87 boards, but there are some threads on the MPower you can check those out.


BTW the gigabyte boards this round have many auto OC profiles for both CPU and memory and both all in the UEFI and EasyTune. You have the CPU Upgrade which ranges from 4.3-4.7ghz, memory upgrade which is for high-end memory OC, and performance which combines both CPU OC and memory.
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post #18 of 19
I have the Z87 Extreme 6 and it's rock solid

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post #19 of 19
I bought an Z87 Extreme4. I don't even take my own advice lol.

it was $30 cheaper, and the ud4h looks atrocious. The extreme4 looks like poop, but at least it's more neutral. Poop vs Flaming ugly, which do you get. No vcore read out points, bottom mounted oc controls... i basically decided to just go for the cheapest board that'd work and the z87-a looks like it has a deficient VRM.

I'm really crossing my fingers the extreme4's vrm isn't terrible. I posted/took pics of the mosfets but I don't know what they are. I have a strong feeling I'm going to just end up returning it when the ud3h goes on email special sale lol.
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