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What mATX mobo should I buy?

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I'm building my first custom PC this summer and need help choosing a motherboard. I want to go with a matx Intel, to stay compact without losing much features. I'm not a huge enthusiast, but might do minor over clocking. (4.0 - 4.5ghz).

I'm in between getting the:

Asus maximus VI gene z87

http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Maximus-VI-GENE-Motherboard/dp/B00CRJUGTC

Or Asus gryphon z87

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131977

I would like to stay with an all black mobo like the gryphon (with armour)
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FYI: Anything less than 4 multis (400MHz over Turbo Boost when Base clock or BCLK is set to 100MHz) is a waste of time because CPUs that aren't unlocked can do 400MHz over Turbo (on Z87 boards).

Of those two the Z87 Gryphon is probably better value
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Thanks, I'll go with the gryphon, I also don't need the 2 x16 pcie slots for sli on the gene.
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FYI: Anything less than 4 multis (400MHz over Turbo Boost when Base clock or BCLK is set to 100MHz) is a waste of time because CPUs that aren't unlocked can do 400MHz over Turbo (on Z87 boards).

Actually, it's been confirmed that non-K Haswells are locked-down.
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Btw, I'll be using a i5 4670k
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