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Poll Results: Which motherboard would you choose for the purposes described below?

 
  • 33% (10)
    Asus Z87-Pro
  • 20% (6)
    Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC
  • 46% (14)
    Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H
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post #1 of 22
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I'm trying to decide on a motherboard to go with my 4670k .
Will be using it for gaming and flight sim. I'm aiming to get the CPU overclocked to 4.5 GHz (if I'm lucky) or something above 4 GHz (want to have a 24/7 stable oc over 4 GHz).
The chip will be cooled by a Phanteks PH-TC14PE and I won't be considering LN2 anytime soon so no extreme overclocking for me.

The UD3H is the cheapest being £0.80 behind the Asus and for £8 more I can get the Z87X-OC.
I think all of these boards have high quality components but my main concern is the number of VRM phases.
Since some of voltage regulation process has been moved onto the CPU itself, is the role of the onboard VRM less significant than with previous chipsets?
I don't know anything about VRM or phases (what I usually do is find some info on it for the specific board I'm looking at or I just count the chokes on the VRM area) so this might be wrong, I've counted 8 phases on the UD3H and the OC and 12 phases on the Asus board.
How come the that the Z87X-OC, which was made specifically for heavy overclocking, only has 8 phases?

Anyway, which board would you buy for the purposes that I mentioned above ?

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 22
Phase count doesn't matter. Gigabyte uses better MOSFETs. Asus evens it out with quantity though. Also all of these boards have overkill VRMs for all Haswell CPUs.

If you want to know more, here is a great article.

OC is better at base clock overclocking, and has OC features that are very useful for LN2 overclocking (buttons and etc.). Asus comes with WiFi, and UD3H has headphone amp.
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post #3 of 22
I have Pro ,picked this board just to play with it for few days and I would say it would be good fit for 24/7,(stable bios ),the price would be around Z87X-OC board

@ DeXel ,OP mention not going cold (take the bios in to consideration also which are still very flaky )
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@ DeXel ,OP mention not going cold (take the bios in to consideration also which are still very flaky )

Doesn't mean I shouldn't mention what OC is good for.
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post #5 of 22
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Phase count doesn't matter. Gigabyte uses better MOSFETs. Asus evens it out with quantity though.
So I'm wrong in thinking that more phases equal less heat/performance ? And thanks for the link, I'll have a read through it over the weekend.
Quote:
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UD3H has headphone amp.
I have no idea what that is . Does it make things sound better?
Quote:
Originally Posted by coolhandluke41 View Post

I have Pro ,picked this board just to play with it for few days and I would say it would be good fit for 24/7,(stable bios ),the price would be around Z87X-OC board

@ DeXel ,OP mention not going cold (take the bios in to consideration also which are still very flaky )

The price is what is bugging me. The OC board costs only £8 more... so tempted to go for it, but at the same time, do i really need it ... (?)
Which board's BIOS is flaky? Just the new ones in general ?
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@ DeXel ,OP mention not going cold (take the bios in to consideration also which are still very flaky )

Doesn't mean I shouldn't mention what OC is good for.

they are all good for 5.0 ,there is no point in spending $ on something you won't use ,once again you do need stable bios first

@ OP get OC and if you don't like it, swap it
    
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post #7 of 22
I'd choose between the UD3H and the Z87 Pro for an everyday gaming build. The OC is better for overclocking, but the other two have extra features you may (or may not) find useful. The OC is named appropriately for the features and functionality it offers so if that's not your biggest priority then go for one of the others.
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post #8 of 22
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So I'm wrong in thinking that more phases equal less heat/performance ?

That's just not necessary true. There are other factors to consider like phase quality. That article is really great for covering all the details if you want to know.

Amp = amplifier. It amplifies the sound. In basic terms it makes the sound louder, but it also makes it better. It's a fairly basic amp of course, but better than nothing.
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they are all good for 5.0 ,there is no point in spending $ on something you won't use ,once again you do need stable bios first

And where did I disagree about that?
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I think it's still to early to recommend any board ,I based my recommendation on something in my possession and testing thumb.gif and not on some paper facts
    
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post #10 of 22
UD3H overclocks great, and hard to beat for the money.

The Giga OC is awesome. thumb.gif

Was there another choice? nah biggrin.gif
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