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Okay, I'm interested in doing a Haswell build. No crazy overclocks or anything like that....I'm hoping for about 4.6 to 4.7ghz, assuming my sample can reach those speeds. I'm just having a hell of a time picking a motherboard.

Is it true that motherboard VRMs won't help achieve better overclocks, unless I am pursuing extreme overclocks and exotic cooling? The Maximus Hero has the VRMs I want....Blackwing 60A Chokes, NexFET mosfets, and Nichicon 10k black caps....basically the exact same setup as the Maximus Extreme, which sets world records of over 7ghz....and I REALLY want the Hero because of this....but my damn MC never has the Hero in stock....its been nearly 2 months with no signs of it coming back in stock....it irks me crazy. So I'm thinking about the Z87 PRO. Which is probably the closest equivalent in terms of price, VRMs, connectivity, etc etc

Am I going to be missing out on anything if I go Z87 PRO vs Hero? I also heard something like, higher quality VRMs will actually reduce "required" voltage to run a certain frequency....to me I see that as a nice benefit to wait for the Hero....but if theres honestly NO DIFFERENCE with the "overclockability" and "required voltage" between the two boards.....then I might just tap out and settle with the Z87 PRO.

Please shed some light on this...thanks smile.gif
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I doubt you will see any difference with the overclockability of the 2 boards meaning you will reach your chip's maximum clocks on either boards. 4.6-4.7GHz for Haswell is a pretty big goal, usually Haswell will do 4.4-4.5GHz so good luck with that. My personal opinion on purchasing though, is that if you really really want something and "settle" for something else even though there is technically no difference, you might feel regret once you see the Hero back on stock and you having bought a different board.

Hope this helps. Cheers.
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As far as maximum power delivery goes, Pro should be better due to higher phase count even though it uses slightly less capable FETs. However, unlike Hero it uses 6 phases doubled to 12, so switching frequency is not that hight which may result in more ripple. Hero also has better chocks and capacitors which should also help with ripple. So it's hard to say.

I wouldn't buy Pro only because it's gold. I'm not usually picky about colors, but gold is one of those that I rather not have.

It's a shame that Microcenter doesn't have Hero in stock. If you want to consider something else, you can take a look at Gigabyte's UD4H or MSI GD65. Gigabyte uses pretty much the same capacitors, and FETs as Asus does. FETs even a bit better IIRC. They left 60A chocks for OC boards though, and I think MC doesn't have Z87X-OC.

MSI is about the same as Pro board as far as VRM goes.
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As far as maximum power delivery goes, Pro should be better due to higher phase count even though it uses slightly less capable FETs. However, unlike Hero it uses 6 phases doubled to 12, so switching frequency is not that hight which may result in more ripple. Hero also has better chocks and capacitors which should also help with ripple. So it's hard to say.

I wouldn't buy Pro only because it's gold. I'm not usually picky about colors, but gold is one of those that I rather not have.

It's a shame that Microcenter doesn't have Hero in stock. If you want to consider something else, you can take a look at Gigabyte's UD4H or MSI GD65. Gigabyte uses pretty much the same capacitors, and FETs as Asus does. FETs even a bit better IIRC. They left 60A chocks for OC boards though, and I think MC doesn't have Z87X-OC.

MSI is about the same as Pro board as far as VRM goes.

Thank you for the reply. Do you happen to know if higher quality VRMs will help with lower overall voltage when OCing? Like for example....the PRO will do 4.6ghz and require 1.30v....and the Hero will do 4.6ghz and 1.25v. Is this true or naw?

BeastRider, thanks for your input as well.
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It might, but nobody can say for sure. Also I doubt the difference will be that big since Hero's VRM isn't that much better than Pro's. Maybe 0.01v-0.02v at best, but my best guess that the voltage will be exactly the same.
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