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Hi, right now i have an ASUS P8Z68-V Pro and it does the job for SLI (i have two 670 FTW's), and seems to be a good board for a 4.8ghz overclock.

I am honestly getting tired of the blue. I want a new motherboard.

I am looking at the

MSI Z77-GD65 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130686

MSI Z77-Mpower http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130660

My budget is < $200. I dont want any blue on the motherboard. I am tired of blue. And i strictly want a black PCB (no brown or blue) Any other suggestions?

My goal is to have a board that overclocks easily to 4.8ghz (maybe to 5.0 if im feeling crazy lol). So far my CPU does 4.8 at 1.39v on my current Z68 board.

Will the GD65 or Mpower be good enough for an overclock that high? I dont plan on doing tri-sli.

Anyone know anything based on the VRM/Capacitor/and all that good stuff? Anyone know the actual "hardware" itself? Like what makes what motherboard more qualified than the other? Are there better choices for achieving a 4.8ghz overclock ? (i may consider but im strict on the color thought frown.gif )
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Originally Posted by Aesthethc View Post

Hi, right now i have an ASUS P8Z68-V Pro and it does the job for SLI (i have two 670 FTW's), and seems to be a good board for a 4.8ghz overclock.

I am honestly getting tired of the blue. I want a new motherboard.

I am looking at the

MSI Z77-GD65 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130686

MSI Z77-Mpower http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130660

My budget is < $200. I dont want any blue on the motherboard. I am tired of blue. And i strictly want a black PCB (no brown or blue) Any other suggestions?

My goal is to have a board that overclocks easily to 4.8ghz (maybe to 5.0 if im feeling crazy lol). So far my CPU does 4.8 at 1.39v on my current Z68 board.

Will the GD65 or Mpower be good enough for an overclock that high? I dont plan on doing tri-sli.

Anyone know anything based on the VRM/Capacitor/and all that good stuff? Anyone know the actual "hardware" itself? Like what makes what motherboard more qualified than the other? Are there better choices for achieving a 4.8ghz overclock ? (i may consider but im strict on the color thought frown.gif )


I was looking at the same motherboard to.I hear the z77 motherboards are good to have for gameing.that all i know of.I hope someone would tell use how good this motherbard is good.One thing that worry me is the network card.smile.gif
post #3 of 9
I would go for the msi Mpower it is a really solid overclocker. Plus every board is stress tested on a overclocked watercooled cpu for 24 hours on prime95 . The board has 16 phase vrm power delivery system and couple of additional power connectors for stable power delivery I really liked the onboard wi-fi and bluetooth.


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My goal is to have a board that overclocks easily to 4.8ghz (maybe to 5.0 if im feeling crazy lol). So far my CPU does 4.8 at 1.39v on my current Z68 board.

The Mpower should get 4.8ghz +/- 1.26v and 5.0ghz @ +/- 1.34v

have a look a this http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/msi_big_bang_z77_mpower_review,1.html it may help your choice.
Really hope I helped good luck.thumb.gif
Edited by Rohela - 7/17/13 at 7:41am
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Is the new and improved GD65 just not as good as the MPower? Ive never used MSI motherboards to OC before, are they easy like ASUS?
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Is the new and improved GD65 just not as good as the MPower? Ive never used MSI motherboards to OC before, are they easy like ASUS?

I remember reading about the M-Power's ease of overclocking over at pcper.com, but I can't find the article to reference. I trust them so I would say that the M-Power series is likely just as easy to overclock as the ASUS boards. I'll do more digging.
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Both are good. Mpower is actually 12 phases for CPU. GD65 is 10 phases IIRC. Both use doubling. Gaming version of GD65 has the same VRM.

Even GD55 is probably fine, but it's blue.

The only downside of Z77 MSI boards is that they don't support offset. The other non-blue choice is ASRock Z77 OC Formula.

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H or UP4 are also good choices, but they have blue stripes.

Also IIRC GD65 gaming or not, and GD55 use brown PCBs.
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sorry wroung post
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Both are good. Mpower is actually 12 phases for CPU. GD65 is 10 phases IIRC. Both use doubling. Gaming version of GD65 has the same VRM.

Even GD55 is probably fine, but it's blue.

The only downside of Z77 MSI boards is that they don't support offset. The other non-blue choice is ASRock Z77 OC Formula.

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD4H or UP4 are also good choices, but they have blue stripes.

Also IIRC GD65 gaming or not, and GD55 use brown PCBs.

Thanks for the advice, Dexel.

As far as i know, my motherboard has 12 phases, so would the GD65 only having 10 phases, limit my ability to OC as high as 4.8ghz? I want to keep my current OC. I dont want to upgrade to a new motherboard and have to lower my OC.

How many phases are needed usually to achieve an overclock that high to make it stable? I am using manual mode right now, instead of offset.... is there a real negative to not being able to use offset?

I think im just stuck on the Mpower or the Gaming GD65. Asrock doesnt have heatsinks that im interested in unfortunately. frown.gif
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Even 4 quality phases are fine. I would say 6 phases and up is what I would go for. As far as real word overclock, it's hard to say.
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