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Asus Maximus VII Ranger or Gigabyte Z97X-UD5H BK

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Hey all! Currently I'm having trouble deciding which board to order bits either the GIGABYTE Z97X-UD5H-BK or ASUS Maximus VII Ranger. The ranger is only $7 aud cheaper so I don't mind which one.

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4978&dl=1#ov

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/MAXIMUS_VII_RANGER/

Thanks!
post #2 of 26
They both look great, but Gigabyte seems to had more overall features like plus 2 sata ports also sata express support, dual gigabit Lan (intel + Atheros) and voltage check points.
Asus goes for more gaming focused board with that new keybot macro thing.
My personal says to me go Gigabyte since i like to overclock to the limits but in the end if you look more for gaming with casual overclock the Asus seems great for that.
post #3 of 26
My rough research shows a certainty that UD5H has 6 real digital phases doubled to 12. The ranger has a certainty of having slightly better MOSFETs but it's uncertain what the controller is, probably digital and uncertain what the 8 chokes are, more probably 8 real digital phases. If you want to be absolutely certain, the UD5H is electrically good for OC, the Ranger less confirmed so from what I've found.

But it's very likely for the Ranger to be good, we're talking about differences in the certainty of the venue of 90% vs 100%.

It might be more beneficial to look into the other "optional" features you need because electrically chances are good.
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Thanks for your replies! So what other boards do you reccomend that give a great OC and isn't more than $260 aud.

Thank you!
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Hrm. The OC versions (and only the OC versions) of ASRock might be good. But we have no confirmation on their components.
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post #6 of 26
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Hmm.. The lack if sata express is putting me off the ranger:/ would there be like addon cards in the PCI slots in the future for it? If not the Asrock Extreme 6 seem good. Is it better performance wise from the ranger? Thanks!
post #7 of 26
That put me off as well, and I had it as a serious candidate. The CPU voltage regulation on the extreme 6 has (probably) good MOSFETs but the controller is not digital and that's considered up to 'just good' nowadays. Without being certain I get a sense only the OC boards of ASRock have the potential to be exceptional at overclocking.
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What about the OC MSI boards?
post #9 of 26
We know of the MPower Max AC. The controller is also analog, the MOSFETs potentially good.

Loot at the rough list I made to not just repeat it http://www.overclock.net/t/1490142/z97-vrm-info
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post #10 of 26
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The MSI OC boards are out of the question. They're $330 here for the M version.
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