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Z87 mobo for Phase-Change OC...XOC vs Mpower

Poll Results: Which Z87 Mobo for Phase-Change OC?

 
  • 0% (0)
    Asus Maximus VI Hero
  • 66% (4)
    Gigabyte Z87X-OC
  • 33% (2)
    MSI Z87 Mpower
6 Total Votes  
post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
I am in the market for a Z87 mobo to use with a 4770k and Phase Change cooling. The target is to get the 4770k at least to 5.2ghz...

I am on a budget and don't want to pay for bling-blings, but I want the board to allow me the Max OC possible and not let my Phase unit go to waste, so I am looking at the ~200-220 euros segment populated by the "bare" OC boards. So the candidates mainly are the Gigabyte Z87X-OC and the MSI Z87 Mpower...


1) Gigabyte Z87X-OC
It seems to have the best PCI-E slot arrangement, have seen it prove itself with phase-change cooling....and also like the out-of-case approach with the OC brace and front USB slots as I will use a benchtable...

2) MSI Z87 Mpower
This has the most bling bling of the 2 for about the same price. But I don't know if it has the same OC potential in Phase... It wouldn't be in this list, but it's the only board I can find locally from a good after-sales shop and this is important to me, so if it is on par with the rest, the (useless) bling wont hurt either for the same price...

So give me your thoughts... and one more question for anyone who might know.
Since these boards are promoted to even use with LN2 cooling, what is the stance of the 3 manufacturers when returning a failed board that has optical wear from extreme cooling? (I mean residue from the insulation etc...) Do they cover it or consider the warranty voided? This would be also very important to my choice obviously...

To be honest if all else is equal I am leaning towards the Gigabyte, because it seems to have the most essence plus it's more geared to my USE, but the unavailability and better bundle and after-sales of the MSI for the same price make it harder to choose...
Edited by Blinky7 - 6/27/13 at 3:22am

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post #2 of 5
As far as overclocking goes, the Gigabyte Z87X-OC has got great write-up and a long list of features to assist with OCing. Plus I've read about people getting 6GHz+ with those boards so I'd seriously consider it.
post #3 of 5
Z87x-OC, great board. Had fun wit it at the UK meet.
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The Hero is out of the table.... turns out it doen't have voltage read points and more than 8pin for CPU power, things I do want...

So, betweenb the MSI and Gigabyte...more thoughts plz!!!
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The Hero is out of the table.... turns out it doen't have voltage read points and more than 8pin for CPU power, things I do want...

So, betweenb the MSI and Gigabyte...more thoughts plz!!!

Well there's always the MSI Z87 GD65 Gaming mobo. Gigabyte has a better history and rep with their mobos but it seems like MSI is catching up. I'm personally seriously considering the GD65 myself but at the same time, Gigabyte just can't be beat on reliability if history is to be believed.
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