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Recommend me a Z68/Z77 Micro ATX board good for High OC's

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Hi, right now i have an ASUS P8Z68-V Pro and i like the power phases/vrm's of my board as i can easily hit 4.80ghz OC with my i5-2500k. I was planning on going into a smaller LAN build, so ill be getting rid of my Z68-V Pro and replacing it with a Z68/Z77 Micro-ATX.

I plan on overclocking, so it MUST have
1) beefy heatsinks
2) good vrms
3) the same amount of power phases as my current board, if not more
4) be able to achieve the same overclock as my current board

SLI is not needed, i only plan on doing single card so im probably planning on ditching my 670 FTW's and going with a 780Ti or something....

SATA ports are not really important, 2.0/3.0 ill probably get an SSD in the future to boot OS but thats about it. Dont care about USB 3.0, I wont need any PCI slots, maybe one small PCIe slot if i ever want to add something on, but really all i need is just a PCIe x16 slot for my video card.

So far the only board that comes to mind is ASUS Maximus IV or V Gene. Is that pretty much my only choice for a Socket 1155 Micro-ATX Motherboard capable of high overclocking?

Can you recommend something else ?? I cannot find the Maximus IV or V Gene to be on sale anywhere online; on Amazon there are sellers but they are either super overpriced or used.... id rather buy a used Maximus Gene here on OCN than on a sketchy random online deal...
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Anyone own a Z68/Z77 Micro-ATX / LAN build that can chime in on this? I cant seem to find the Maximus V Gene or Maximus IV Gene anywhere in stock...

is there another good option besides that micro board? for overclocking ?
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There is also G1 Sniper M3, but it's also hard to find. The only other choice is ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional-M which is good besides voltage reporting issue.
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There is also G1 Sniper M3, but it's also hard to find. The only other choice is ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional-M which is good besides voltage reporting issue.

Thanks! I think i saw these motherboards too but my only concern was the overclocking part. I plan on overclocking to 4.8, or 5.0 if i ever do my own custom loop.

The G1 Sniper M3 looks like it has a tiny heatsink on the VRM's, will it still be able to overclock as high as my ASUS Z68-V Pro? I say that because the Maximus V Gene or IV Gene looks like they have two beefy heatsinks, instead of one on the G1 Sniper M3.

And the ASrock.... i always hear bad things about voltage issues/vDroop so i might stray away from Asrock boards.

Ive looked all over google/newegg/amazon.... so is there really a super limited choice on Micro boards????? It makes me realize how little of selection you have for micro boards that can overclock well...

The only real contenders i see is probably the ASUS Gene, or Gigabyite G1 Sniper M3 (and that ones still questionable about the VRM heatsinks)
post #5 of 7
Heatsink doesn't tell anything about VRM quality. If VRM is complete overkill for 100W CPU, heatsink is there only for aesthetics since VRM (MOSFETs mostly) won't even produce any heat (lots of Haswell boards). M3 can definitely do those clock without going toasty. I think they got Ivy Bridge to 6+ Ghz under liquid nitrogen with M3.

Technically M3 uses 6 phase digital PWM controller unlike Gene's 4 phases doubled to 8. Both use similar quality MOSFETs, but Gigabyte has slightly better IIRC. Asus has better chocks though.

Fatal1ty is similar to Asus, but they use analog PWM, and chocks similar to Gigabyte's
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Thanks for the reply DeXeL. Oh okay, so do you think the Gigabyte board can pull a high oc of 4.8-5.0 with its VRMs?

Considering i have a Sandy Bridge i5-2500k and not a lower power consuming Haswell ?Cpu (like an i5-4670k) ....?

Last question is, whats IIRC and chocks/chokes ?? I hear that thrown around in comparing boards what is the significance to those besides the VRM?
post #7 of 7
Yea, it can.

IIRC is if I remember correctly lol.

Chokes are also known as inductors. They are pieces of coiled wires that hold energy in a magnetic field. Better the chocks are, more current can they hold. In computer's VRM you want inductor to have enough storage for energy that MOSFETs can deliver.
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