Originally Posted by nakano2k1
The only thing is the Crossblade ranger is the only ROG board from Asus for the FM2+ platform right now. It's also only available in ATX format and goes for about 180 dollars.
If all you want are the overclocking capabilities, the A88X-PRO is every bit its equal and is only $95 after rebate at Newegg right now. The Crossblade Ranger has the sizzle, but both boards have the steak.
Originally Posted by chrisjames61
I have both a Crossblade Ranger and a A88X-PRO. Both are worth every penny I paid for them. ASUS high end AM3+ and FM2+ BIOS are top notch. Way better than Gigabyte or ASRock imho.They use very beefy chokes and top notch mosfets. The pcb's are thick. I can't comment on their low end boards as I never purchased one.
Originally Posted by YooJaeSuk
Order the crossblade, after shipping back my MSI. How long do you guys plan on keeping this chip? I mean now that i ordered a 150 dollar board for a 80 dollar chip, i feel like im gonna regret it later on.
I doubt you'll regret the purchase. A comment I made on the A88X-PRO after I bought it (back when it was $130) was that the board was of such high quality that AMD needed to make a CPU worthy of being run in it. The Crossblade Ranger comes with the same build quality and also has a much better onboard sound section, the ROG design scheme, an Intel LAN controller that's supposed to be better than the A88X's Realtek, and the ROG BIOS.
I haven't seen any complaints about either one of those boards from anyone who knew what they were doing. As far as keeping the chip, I'll keep the 860K until Zen comes out unless the Kaveri Refresh Athlon is a killer OC'er, and if so, I'll give the 860K to a friend who's running a 6400K right now.
Originally Posted by xKrNMBoYx
The replacement of the 860K, which is the 870K I think, will actually have a lower base/turbo clock. Unless they improve OCing in general with higher headroom/clocks I see the 870K as a fail. All the leaked/rumored Godavar APU/CPUs seem a bit boring kind of like how Broadwell is seeming boring compared to Haswell. Both Broadwell for LGA and Godavari just seem like a placeholder for people looking for new hardware. Their real goal and punch seems to be Skylake and Zen.
I don't believe those specs that have been supposedly "leaked" for a second. They make no sense. There's no reason why AMD would release a refresh of an existing CPU design at clock rates lower than the original release. The 870K is supposedly a 3.5 base/3.7 turbo chip, while the 860K is a 3.7/4.0. If that's true, no one will buy it unless it's a preposterously good OC chip, and if it is, AMD would be stupid not to sell it at a higher clock.