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x79 Board for 4930k - Update: Pick one out

Poll Results: Which board would you use that fits the requirements?

 
  • 60% (3)
    ASUS Sabertooth
  • 20% (1)
    Gigabyte UP4
  • 20% (1)
    [If you have a suggestion that isn't listed, let me know. I'll add it.]
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post #1 of 49
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Update: I've received a lot of advice on this thread, and I feel like the original post needs editing. This went from a thread verifying a particular board was what I was looking for. It was becoming clear that I should stay away from that board.
Also, I really didn't say it, but you can suggest a board for me to pick. It isn't just between two boards or any particular brands. This thread is now another "Help me find a board" thread, and so I ask of you, please help me out.

I am looking for a board that can:
  1. Give me a small overclock on a 4930k.
  2. Has reliability and can last.
  3. I only need 4 RAM slots. I'm not sure if any x79 board out there can only run dual channel, but I'm fine with that (I think).
  4. Won't kill my wallet. I would easily go with the ASUS Rampage IV Extreme.

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Any reason why I should not choose this board? I'm finalizing everything soon and I want to make sure that this board is not what I'm looking for.

I'm happy with the USB/SATA/etc. I'm asking if it has any weak spots, or something that makes it so I should stay away from it.

I'm heading into Cincinnati sometime soon to pick up a 4930k and this board (maybe) for a discount. I'm a little busy right now, but if I remember right, the board will be just shy of $200 after taxes. I originally wanted a Sabertooth, but I don't want used and they are $300+.


Update: Price change on the Sabertooth makes it the one I'm going after.
EDIT: Poll reset.

Edited by AcEsSalvation - 3/2/14 at 8:16am
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post #2 of 49
Nope that is a good board. I'm not sure of Gigabyte, but if i remember correct, for you to used IB-E cpu, you need to update the bios which would require a SB-E processor.
post #3 of 49
The board is good, but F5 BIOS is a must for it. I had RAM issues with older versions while F5 is pretty solid BIOS.
post #4 of 49
UP4 and extreme 6 are the best price to performance mobo for X79 hands down

i have seen people on OCN with 24/7 heavy overclocks with UP4

so OP get the mobo
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post #5 of 49
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Quote:
Originally Posted by huzzug View Post

Nope that is a good board. I'm not sure of Gigabyte, but if i remember correct, for you to used IB-E cpu, you need to update the bios which would require a SB-E processor.
Is that really going to be a must? I'll check more in depth to see if the new boards come with a more up to date BIOS.
Quote:
Originally Posted by xplode-bg View Post

The board is good, but F5 BIOS is a must for it. I had RAM issues with older versions while F5 is pretty solid BIOS.
What is F5 BIOS? Is that the version number? On my Sabertooth (990FX for AMD) the revisions are like "1304" and "1608"
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spectre- View Post

UP4 and extreme 6 are the best price to performance mobo for X79 hands down

i have seen people on OCN with 24/7 heavy overclocks with UP4

so OP get the mobo
I'm not going for massive overclocks. I'm wanting to keep my volts down to preserve the lifespan and keep off volt degradation.


EDIT: Looked around a little, seems like people who bought these somewhat recently are finding F4 BIOS which supports the 4XX0K/X chips
Edited by AcEsSalvation - 3/1/14 at 4:27am
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post #6 of 49
Quote:
Originally Posted by AcEsSalvation View Post

Is that really going to be a must? I'll check more in depth to see if the new boards come with a more up to date BIOS.
What is F5 BIOS? Is that the version number? On my Sabertooth (990FX for AMD) the revisions are like "1304" and "1608"
I'm not going for massive overclocks. I'm wanting to keep my volts down to preserve the lifespan and keep off volt degradation.


EDIT: Looked around a little, seems like people who bought these somewhat recently are finding F4 BIOS which supports the 4XX0K/X chips

i dont even have my 3930k overclocked

and as for preservation if you have good cooling high volts wont really hurt
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post #7 of 49
Gigabyte have different versions for bios from other brands they use X for Xtreme/overclock bios and mostly F for reguar bios. F5 is the fifth version. For beta bios the use for example F3u, u may be from a-z and means in this case that this is u version of beta F3 bios.
post #8 of 49
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Originally Posted by xplode-bg View Post

Gigabyte have different versions for bios from other brands they use X for Xtreme/overclock bios and mostly F for reguar bios. F5 is the fifth version. For beta bios the use for example F3u, u may be from a-z and means in this case that this is u version of beta F3 bios.
I see thank you for the info. I'm hoping I can get lucky with a F4 or higher. If not, I may have to attempt to find someone with a previous generation chip. I'm also going to look at alternative boards just in case.
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post #9 of 49
Check the Ivy-E thread. This mobo is not a good overclocking board for Ivy-E. With a good chip you should be able to hit 4.6 under 1.3v. This mobo will not help. Just because it does okay for SB-E doesn't mean anything with Ivy-E. Asus seems to be the only ones that actually got the bios right for these. And yes voltage does hurt, especially with these chips. A 3930K can take 1.5v+ , 4930k cannot and will degrade quickly with out ln2 or extreme cooling.
Edited by hotrod717 - 3/1/14 at 5:23am
    
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post #10 of 49
Do NOT get this board! It's horrible! I had this before I bought my x79 Deluxe.

UP4 rev 1.1 has the worst vdroop even on the F5 BIOS. I couldn't get more than 4.2ghz out of it. And the UEFI is laggy and slow.
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