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Need Fast Suggestion - Asus z87 sabertooth or Gigabyte G1 Sniper

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Looking for a z87, curious on some suggestions from you guys as I read pro's and con's from specs and review sites.

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I have a Z87 Sabertooth and easily overclocked to 4.4GHz / 4400MHz, after a delid easily got to 4.7GHz / 4400MHz. I can recommend the board.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770K @ 4.7GHz / 4400MHz Asus Sabertooth Z87 Gigabyte GTX 780 OC 8GB G.Skill Trident X 9-11-11-31-1T @ 2400MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OS SSD 840 Pro 256GB / FSX SSD 840 Pro 256GB LG DVD Thermalright SB-E x2 Win7 Ult 64b 
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Viewsonic VP2655wb 25.5" IPS LCD Logitech Wireless EX1110 w/Mouse Corsair AX860i CM HAF-X 
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4770K @ 4.7GHz / 4400MHz Asus Sabertooth Z87 Gigabyte GTX 780 OC 8GB G.Skill Trident X 9-11-11-31-1T @ 2400MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OS SSD 840 Pro 256GB / FSX SSD 840 Pro 256GB LG DVD Thermalright SB-E x2 Win7 Ult 64b 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Viewsonic VP2655wb 25.5" IPS LCD Logitech Wireless EX1110 w/Mouse Corsair AX860i CM HAF-X 
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Whichever one you like the color scheme best on. Seriously, they're both top rated boards and have no major issues. You'll do fine with either one, it comes down to brand preference and/or price.

Greg
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Whichever one you like the color scheme best on. Seriously, they're both top rated boards and have no major issues. You'll do fine with either one, it comes down to brand preference and/or price.

Greg

Well, yes and no, which is why I wanted suggestions tongue.gif

I take everything into consideration, max ram OC capability, power phase design, power phase count, it really does matter.

I just stumbled across ASUS MAXIMUS VI FORMULA but I am baffled by a 8+2 phase power design frown.gif
I guess the watercooling lures me
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Originally Posted by idahosurge View Post

I have a Z87 Sabertooth and easily overclocked to 4.4GHz / 4400MHz, after a delid easily got to 4.7GHz / 4400MHz. I can recommend the board.

what was highest you overclocked ram? The default specs of board scare me from it frown.gif makes me think I won't be able to take use of high MHz ram


interesting spec comparison - http://event.asus.com/2011/mb/TUF/TUF_Tech_Fortifier.htm really wonder the difference in "ROG ARMOR" and "TUF FORTIFIER" from the boards they have
Edited by INCREDIBLEHULK - 1/10/14 at 8:23am
  
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Nothing wrong with an 8+2 VRM configuration if the VRM components are of top quality. Even the Maximus VI Extreme has a 8+2 phase VRM, but they take the components to a higher level with their specific choice of MOSFETs, chokes, and caps. On Haswell, the CPU voltage regulation is on-die, so the number of phases / e.g. reduced input ripple is somewhat irrelevant. With Broadwell, they're moving the voltage regulation back off the die to the motherboard.

The Sabertooth is really just a midrange board with a plastic shield over it. If you're going to be pushing RAM clocks to the max, I'd seriously consider a Maximus over the Sabertooth.

Greg
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Nothing wrong with an 8+2 VRM configuration if the VRM components are of top quality. Even the Maximus VI Extreme has a 8+2 phase VRM, but they take the components to a higher level with their specific choice of MOSFETs, chokes, and caps. On Haswell, the CPU voltage regulation is on-die, so the number of phases / e.g. reduced input ripple is somewhat irrelevant. With Broadwell, they're moving the voltage regulation back off the die to the motherboard.

The Sabertooth is really just a midrange board with a plastic shield over it. If you're going to be pushing RAM clocks to the max, I'd seriously consider a Maximus over the Sabertooth.

Greg

Thank you for the help thumb.gif
I posted wrong link earlier
http://promos.asus.com/us/z87/comparison/
I have known this about the sabertooth, not the best board but definitely a decent one, just was worried if the ROG ones were too a bunch of plastic on and no top of the line components.
Was almost like a spend $600 to get top of the line or spend $150-450 to get MID RANGE components biggrin.gif
  
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I have a GSkill Trident 8GB (2*4GB) kit that I am running at its XMP rated profile 9-11-11-31 @ 2400MHz. I am running the command rate at 1T rather than the XMP specified 2T.

I had a Maximus VI Extreme that would not even do a stable 4.4GHz / 4400MHz running the above ram at 9-11-11-31-2T. I screwed with that board for six weeks and could never get a stable 44/44 overclock, let alone think I would ever get a stable 47/44 OC.

I can not tell you if the problem was the board I had or if all M6E boards are that bad, but I sent it back and replaced it with the Sabertooth.
Edited by idahosurge - 1/11/14 at 5:04am
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770K @ 4.7GHz / 4400MHz Asus Sabertooth Z87 Gigabyte GTX 780 OC 8GB G.Skill Trident X 9-11-11-31-1T @ 2400MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OS SSD 840 Pro 256GB / FSX SSD 840 Pro 256GB LG DVD Thermalright SB-E x2 Win7 Ult 64b 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Viewsonic VP2655wb 25.5" IPS LCD Logitech Wireless EX1110 w/Mouse Corsair AX860i CM HAF-X 
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My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4770K @ 4.7GHz / 4400MHz Asus Sabertooth Z87 Gigabyte GTX 780 OC 8GB G.Skill Trident X 9-11-11-31-1T @ 2400MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OS SSD 840 Pro 256GB / FSX SSD 840 Pro 256GB LG DVD Thermalright SB-E x2 Win7 Ult 64b 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Viewsonic VP2655wb 25.5" IPS LCD Logitech Wireless EX1110 w/Mouse Corsair AX860i CM HAF-X 
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Originally Posted by idahosurge View Post

I have a GSkill Trident 8GB (2*4GB) kit that I am running at its XMP rated profile 9-11-11-31 @ 2400MHz. I am running the command rate at 1T rather than the XMP specified 2T.

I had a Maximus VI Extreme that would not even do a stable 4.4GHz / 4400MHz running the above ram at 9-11-11-31-2T. I screwed with that board for six weeks and could never get a stable 44/44 overclock, let along think I would ever get a stable 47/44 OC.

I can not tell you if the problem was the board I had or if all M6E boards are that bad, but I sent it back and replaced it with the Sabertooth.
Damn!
I recently bought Asus z77 sabertooth, came with a pre-bricked bios for me. I'm going to try out the z87 maximus vi formula and give haswell a go.. Hopefully asus redeems itself or I'll be wishing I grabbed the Z87 G1 Sniper ( I just really hate how you are forced into barbs on board )
  
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