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Was perusing some of the Haswell boards and was noticing that there are 8 phase and 12 phase boards. Are these just marketing ploys on the 12 phases or do the extra phases help regulate power for a smoother voltage when OC'ing?

Also, should I even bother getting into Haswell since the Haswell-E and Intel 9 series chipsets supposedly aren't compatible with the current haswells. (This is highly speculative I know, but from what I have read they are basically implying a lack of compatibility between the chips and chipsets.)
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AFAIK 8 phases is enough, your bog standard board is good enough to clock on today, it's more of a chip lottery. Now, of course if you opt for some cheap board it may not have everything..

Regarding the other chipsets, that's what I believe too. How far away they are, not sure. Really depends on if you actually need to upgrade/update or not. If not, then hold-off IMO.
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Originally Posted by error-id10t View Post

AFAIK 8 phases is enough, your bog standard board is good enough to clock on today, it's more of a chip lottery. Now, of course if you opt for some cheap board it may not have everything..

Regarding the other chipsets, that's what I believe too. How far away they are, not sure. Really depends on if you actually need to upgrade/update or not. If not, then hold-off IMO.

Well I was looking at someof the ASROCK and Asus boards, they both seemed high quality and got decent reviews, I just didn't know if one was more stable due to the extra phases. I feel like it would either A) Increase resistances for better regulation of voltage or B) Cause you to have to run more voltage to the chip since it goes through more phases. Maybe I'm just dumb, but every electronic device I have seen more passthroughs means one of the two aforementioned results.
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As long as its Z87, its mostly all about the cpu chip lottery... extra money would be better spent on cooling smile.gif
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As long as its Z87, its mostly all about the cpu chip lottery... extra money would be better spent on cooling smile.gif

Already have a good custom loop, I know I won't win the chip lottery so I need to make sure all other possible avenues are best suited to the task of helping as opposed to hindering.
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I'm pretty sure you won't be as unlucky as I was tongue.gif
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