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ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO or GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-OC (Help!)

Poll Results: ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO or GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-OC

Poll expired: Jun 21, 2013  
  • 50% (7)
    ASUS MAXIMUS VI HERO
  • 50% (7)
    GIGABYTE GA-Z87X-OC
14 Total Votes  
post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 
I've done a ton of research, read all the reviews, etc - but I'm still torn between the two boards.

My main reasons for leaning on the side of the Asus are the excellent on-board audio (saves me money on a soundcard) and the beefier VRM heatsync. I also like the looks of the ROG board over the Gigabyte board because I'm not a fan of orange. I don't, however, stare at my PC much so I can get over it.

However, I love where Gigabyte is going and their new boards have some fun features and they have finally updated their UEFI. I also noticed the Gigabyte OC board has a 12-pin CPU header and supplemental PCI-e power but I'm not sure how much any of this matters. I won't be running more than two GPUs.

Both boards have a 12 phase VRM - I will be overclocking (4770K) and using the system mostly for gaming so she will be getting hot and staying that way. Which board do you guys think I should get?

Buying tomorrow afternoon so I look forward to your answers thumb.gif

BTW, I'm an Intel n00b.
post #2 of 8
I voted Asus. Any z87 mobo will give you an OC.

This new asus feature will also be of use. I think available on their whole range - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoaAT5TkXc4
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post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the votes thus far - anymore suggestions?
post #4 of 8
VRM:

The Maximus VI Hero is a fine board. It uses TI's NexFETs , which are almost as good as the PowIRStage (IR3553 that can handle 40A and 1Mhz switching frequency, controlled by IR3563B PWM controller) on the Z87X-OC.

ASUS uses a ASP1251 rebranded as DIGI+ PWM controller to control the MoSFETs, with each phase a CSD87350Q5D (TI NexFET , 1.5Mhz switch frequency and up to 40A but efficiency peaks at about 25A ... all assuming 25°C) that combines high and low side.

It also uses 60A chokes like the Z87X-OC.

10K Nichicon-GT series capacitors (10K hrs at 105°C) are used on the Hero in contrast to the Z87X-OC's Nippon Chemi-Con 10K hours lifespan (at 105°C) custom caps, though. I believe the Nichicon-GT series was also used on the ASUS RIVE.

The Z87X-OC is meant more for LN2 overclocking and other subzero overclocks, much like the ASUS Maximus VI extreme , AsRock Z87 OC Formula , and MSI Z87 Mpower.

Supplemental PCi-e power is similar to MSI's GPU reactor on their Lightning and HAWK boards: all it does is stabilize GPU PCI-e slot voltage (reduce ripple and noise). A 12 pin CPU header is not needed , hell even 8 pin is overkill most of the time.
Edited by AlphaC - 6/21/13 at 6:47am
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post #5 of 8
The OC fo show if you want it for overcloking and benching, but there is not much point in paying for the OC features if you won't use them.
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post #6 of 8
I voted gigabyte because i never saw a bad review of ANY gigabyte motherboard; its features are awesome (i've read the review on it on another forum) and for $200 there isnt much to beat that board.
plus the orange/black scheme is a nice refresh from the classic red/black too.
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post #7 of 8
If you care about the fan control and software then it's 100% ASUS (I own the Z87X-OC btw. and a simple ASUS Z68-V before).
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post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
$589.97 worth of goodies on the way - This better be worth it! Hoping my 4770K is a halfway decent clocker.

I went with the Hero thumb.gif

Thank you for all of your suggestions!
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