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Hi,

I have an ASRock Z68 Extreme4 board which is giving me trouble with the overclocks. Large VDroop and unstable Vcore etc.

I'm looking to sell that board and get a new board and I have made a list. Whih board is the best when it comes to overclocking? I have a 2600K which is not a great chip though. It needs about 1.34V for 4.5GHz on the Z68 Extreme4, but I am wondering if a great board can lower that Vcore.

Here's the list
1) Asus P8Z77-V
2) Gigabyte Z77-UP4 TH
3) MSI Z77-GD65
4) ASRock Z77 Extreme6
5) ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Performance

All these are about the same price, and the Gigabyte being unrealistically cheaper right now. (Around $100!!!)

Basically I want the board that can give the most stable Vcore and the lest Vcore to overclock. A comprehensive software overclocking utility would be a plus as well. The one ASRock provides is crap.

I don't really care for the extra ports. Just the bare minimum Intel controllers should do. Less is more. I would anyway be turning the unwanted stuff off in BIOS.

Also having a good fan controller is a plus, because then I can use it instead of the manual hardware fan controller that I'm using now. I know Asus' one is great, but no idea about the others.

One more thing. Would I be able to use the top most PCI-E x1 slot on either of those boards with the Silver Arrow cooler? I would rather have the audio card there.

Any help is appreciated.
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What's with LLC on your current board? It should do fine fighting vdroop. You may end up changing a board that won't lower vcore at all. Anyway, UP4 has the strongest VRM out of those boards.
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Gigabyte Z77-UP4 TH
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Originally Posted by ZealotKi11er View Post

Gigabyte Z77-UP4 TH
I agree

Z77X UP4 TH is the best bet : 6x IR3550 PowerIRstages (DirectFETs) that can handle 60A , integrating high+ low side mosfet and driver

The ASUS P8Z77-v is using 4 phase doubled to 8 I believe (Sin's site is down frown.gif), LFPAK/PowerPAK type mosfets

MSI Z77-GD65 , AsRock Fatal1ty Z77 Performance, and AsRock Z77 Extreme 6 have voltage reporting issues due to Analog VRM , using low RDS(on) LFPAK/PowerPAK.

The only downside to a Z77 Gigabyte board is all the chassis fans ramp up the same way (they're linked).
Edited by AlphaC - 6/25/13 at 8:25pm
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Originally Posted by DeXel View Post

What's with LLC on your current board? It should do fine fighting vdroop. You may end up changing a board that won't lower vcore at all. Anyway, UP4 has the strongest VRM out of those boards.
The voltage fluctuates a lot and I have to set too much of a Vcore to compensate for those negative fluctuations.
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I agree

Z77X UP4 TH is the best bet : 6x IR3550 PowerIRstages (DirectFETs) that can handle 60A , integrating high+ low side mosfet and driver

The ASUS P8Z77-v is using 4 phase doubled to 8 I believe (Sin's site is down frown.gif), LFPAK/PowerPAK type mosfets

MSI Z77-GD65 , AsRock Fatal1ty Z77 Performance, and AsRock Z77 Extreme 6 have voltage reporting issues due to Analog VRM , using low RDS(on) LFPAK/PowerPAK.

The only downside to a Z77 Gigabyte board is all the chassis fans ramp up the same way (they're linked).
Thanks for this information. Just wondering, is there any other board that's not listed here but worth taking a look at?
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After a long thought undecided that I will keep my current motherboard. Hoping to upgrade to IB-E so no point spending money on a new mobo at this point.
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