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Minimum Motherboard Quality to safely overclock 4690K?

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I've heard conflicting opinions on whether the motherboard matters very much or not for OCing Haswell. Would something like the GIGABYTE GA-Z97-HD3 or Z97 Anniversary at around the ~110$ mark do the trick for around 4.5 Ghz?
Edited by Snowsprite - 11/7/14 at 12:27am
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Generaly Gigabyte boards are pretty good! Not exacly the best for overclocking, but its good enough for some simple oc smile.gif
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I've heard that Haswell OC is so CPU dependent that you could have an H board and still be fine, but others say you still need 8 power phases and good heatsinks and stuff so it's a little confusing
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I've heard that Haswell OC is so CPU dependent that you could have an H board and still be fine, but others say you still need 8 power phases and good heatsinks and stuff so it's a little confusing


That's only true for the 2 core G3258. You can oc relatively well on with a low end board with the G3258. They use half as much power as a 4 core would at any given clock speed. A low end board can take a G3258 just fine.

With the 4 core CPU, like the 4690k, I strongly recommend at least getting the Gigabyte Gaming 5 or the MSI 12 phase motherboards, which are actually 6 phase doubled, but it will do. That is the point where price to performance is optimal. The Gaming 7 gets you a bit more sata ports and on board oc buttons.

If you don't, that's where you could have stability issues like the VRMs heating up or worse, because they are not going to be able to take a 4.7-4.8GHz 4 core.

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