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post #11 of 27
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Trying to decide between:

ASUS ROG Maximus VI Hero
MSI Z87-G45
MSI Z87-G65
ASUS TUF Sabertooth Z87

Any words of advice on these 4 boards?
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by Alkajak View Post

Trying to decide between:

ASUS ROG Maximus VI Hero
MSI Z87-G45
MSI Z87-G65
ASUS TUF Sabertooth Z87

Any words of advice on these 4 boards?

I absolutely hated my z87 g45 and hate my current Hero.

The new bios revisions on the hero require more voltage than previous ones to maintain a stable overclock that was previously stable on an older bios. The bios is also cluttered and half the stuff isn't useful to the common or even most extreme users.

The z87 g45 blew up on me (vrms) while overclocking my 4670k with safe values. Mine was probably an anomaly, but just thought I should mention it. However, the bios was much better than the Hero.
post #13 of 27
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I absolutely hated my z87 g45 and hate my current Hero.

The new bios revisions on the hero require more voltage than previous ones to maintain a stable overclock that was previously stable on an older bios. The bios is also cluttered and half the stuff isn't useful to the common or even most extreme users.

The z87 g45 blew up on me (vrms) while overclocking my 4670k with safe values. Mine was probably an anomaly, but just thought I should mention it. However, the bios was much better than the Hero.

Any recommendations within the price range of those?
post #14 of 27
Z87-G65, then you can enter MSI's contest going on right now biggrin.gif http://hwbot.org/news/10597_msi_announces_precision_master_oc_contest_hit_the_target_and_win_z87_mpower_max/

No but in all seriousness, I've been hearing great things about MSI's Z87 boards. Very good for overclocking and offer decent reliability due to military grade mosfets iirc. Although I haven't tried any myself, I think they're worth a look. Plus they don't have that goofy plastic cover all over the PCB like some of those new Asus ones.
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post #15 of 27
I have both Asusz87–A($129) and z87-plus ($159). I have had a great overclocking experience with both boards. The cheaper A is just as good as plus.

It just doesnt have a power button on the board and a few less fan headers.

They both offer pcie 3.0 8x+8x Sli and plenty of vrm power for haswel.
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post #16 of 27
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Going to go with the ASUS P8Z77-V and pray that it lets me OC my 2500k to the point where I won't regret buying another 1155 board when Haswell needs 1150.
post #17 of 27
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Going to go with the ASUS P8Z77-V and pray that it lets me OC my 2500k to the point where I won't regret buying another 1155 board when Haswell needs 1150.

How much are you buying the board for?
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post #18 of 27
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How much are you buying the board for?

165 from Newegg.ca. 180 for the V Pro, figured the Pro doesn't justify paying another 15. Comments or concerns?
post #19 of 27
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165 from Newegg.ca. 180 for the V Pro, figured the Pro doesn't justify paying another 15. Comments or concerns?

how many more power phases does each have

also just so you know there is a guy selling an asus z77 ws board for $160 or best offer on the OCN marketplace
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post #20 of 27
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how many more power phases does each have

also just so you know there is a guy selling an asus z77 ws board for $160 or best offer on the OCN marketplace

8 vs. 12. Is 8 sufficient or is 12 better at 180. Also, would you personally buy used at OCN for $20 less over brand new?
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