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post #11 of 22
Crosshair V,Crosshair IV,Sabertooth 990FX,M4a89GTD-Pro,Biostar TA8990,TA990
Those are the only ones I would recommend.
You might can find a GTD-pro or CH4 for pretty cheap
I'd rather have a quality used motherboard than a cheaper new one yessir.gif
Edited by Schmuckley - 3/25/14 at 10:41am
 
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I've narrowed it down to 2 boards so far, the gigabyte UD3 and the asus Evo
Both look good as far as 970 boards go. Download and study the user manuals for each and decide which features are important to you.

The Asus EVO has slightly better VRM and Northbridge heatsinks than the Gigabyte one. I like Asus Fan Xpert which allows you to control the chassis fans based on cpu socket temps, its a nice way to make the system quieter. And the board has a blue/black color scheme I like.

The Gigabyte board has a better slot layout. Most gaming video cards today are 2 slot designs and with the Asus board you automatically loose a pci-e X1 slot. The Gigabyte board also has 2 more usb 2.0 ports on the back. It also looks to have a bit superior audio, but Im not sure about that based on reviews from others.
    
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I have heard several stories of Gigabyte UD3 boards that did some weirdness during booting after overclocking. Several reports stated that their system would turn on/off/back on for a few times before actually booting. Although they also said it didnt affect anything except boottimes, it does sound kind of fishy to me tongue.gif
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I have heard several stories of Gigabyte UD3 boards that did some weirdness during booting after overclocking. Several reports stated that their system would turn on/off/back on for a few times before actually booting. Although they also said it didnt affect anything except boottimes, it does sound kind of fishy to me tongue.gif

Yes, and based on the reviews, that particular Gigabyte board does that too. It was also quite common on the intel P35 and P45 chipsets.
Nothing to worry about, just annoying, heh. And a little loss in boot up time.
    
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I dont have any experience with this model Gigabyte board. Have installed several M5A97's. They were decent boards. The mainboard is one place i never like to go to cheap. It plays such a large role in your ability to run stable, OC, upgrade etc.
   
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post #16 of 22
I had a Gigabyte UD3 990fxa. It was the worst board I've ever owned, so I would have to recommended the Asus.

My UD3 was probably defective in some way, but it made me not want another Gigabyte motherboard. Overclocking was a complete failure on this board. I tried every BIOS version available, but I couldn't get an FX-8320 stable at 4.0 GHz, which is supposed to be the boost speed. Switched to an Asrock Extreme4 and had no problems above 4 GHz. In addition, it never let me install an operating system from a USB drive, so I was forced to use a DVD drive. I had a number of other problems with that build, which may or may not have been due to the motherboard.
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by Schmuckley View Post

Crosshair V,Crosshair IV,Sabertooth 990FX,M4a89GTD-Pro,Biostar TA8990,TA990
Those are the only ones I would recommend.
You might can find a GTD-pro or CH4 for pretty cheap
I'd rather have a quality used motherboard than a cheaper new one yessir.gif

+1.
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The 990FX and 970 EVO's each have a slightly higher efficiency 6+2 phase design with larger heatsinks.

The 990FX-UD3 and 970 UD3P each have an 8+2 phase design with less aluminum strapped to em and slightly lower efficiency.

IMO it's a wash in most cases. Go for the one you think looks sexier.
     
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The 990FX and 970 EVO's each have a slightly higher efficiency 6+2 phase design with larger heatsinks.

The 990FX-UD3 and 970 UD3P each have an 8+2 phase design with less aluminum strapped to em and slightly lower efficiency.

IMO it's a wash in most cases. Go for the one you think looks sexier.

+1

OP I have used both of these boards and for a decent OC, (4.4-4.5 ish depending on your chip) they are both perfectly capable of suiting your needs. If you are looking for more OC I would have to agree with Schmuckley and say you need to be looking in to something a little higher end. Not to say it definitely wont work but it is possible you may run into some VRM issues with that 8 core. I have taken my 6300 over 5Ghz on my M5A99FX Pro 2.0 (same vrm layout as the asus 970 board you are considering) but again that is with a 6 core, I'd have to assume the results would be a little lower given the 8 cores increased voltage consumption.
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I had a Gigabyte UD3 990fxa. It was the worst board I've ever owned, so I would have to recommended the Asus.

My UD3 was probably defective in some way, but it made me not want another Gigabyte motherboard. Overclocking was a complete failure on this board. I tried every BIOS version available, but I couldn't get an FX-8320 stable at 4.0 GHz, which is supposed to be the boost speed. Switched to an Asrock Extreme4 and had no problems above 4 GHz. In addition, it never let me install an operating system from a USB drive, so I was forced to use a DVD drive. I had a number of other problems with that build, which may or may not have been due to the motherboard.

I don't know if it's just Gigabyte or all 990FX boards, but I, as well as others who have Gigabyte AMD boards, have noted huge "dead spots" when changing the bus speed. The first time I fired up my UD5, I raised the bus speed to 205mhz and it was completely unstable. I was really upset.

Then one day I decided to just go all out and try something like 250, and it worked just fine.
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