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X99 Deluxe extra VRM heatsink worth price increase over X99-A?

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So, I'm planning to upgrade my sig rig to X99 and a 5930k in the near future, and am finalizing my choice of motherboard. I'd really like one of the black/white ASUS X99 motherboards (black/black or black/white are the only color schemes that really interest me, which rules out a LOT of motherboards). I intend to push the CPU as hard as I can within the thermal limits of an H110i GT cooler. devil.gif

I do not care about all the extra features in the X99 Deluxe, but I DO care about the quality of the VRMs and the longevity of a motherboard for sustaining a big overclock over a period of several years. The Deluxe has a heatpipe-connected additional heatsink on the VRMs compared to the X99-A and according to the reviews on Hardware Secrets uses a different VRM chip (though I don't have the knowledge to tell which is better)... is this going to have any meaningful impact on long term survivability of the board if the CPU is running somewhere between 1.35 and 1.4V? Are there any X99-A users out there who can comment on how hot the VRM heatsink gets with a decent/large overclock?

If it's going to make a difference, I'm willing to shell out the additional ~$140-150 for the Deluxe, but all the other threads/topics I've seen on the issue just discuss feature sets and not power delivery and so it's tempting for me to think it would just be a waste of money.

I'm open to other X99 motherboard suggestions as well... they just have to fit the monochrome black/black or black/white scheme or be very minimal in their color.

Any advice would be appreciated! thumb.gif
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With a 5930K? Smells like overkill to me. Even with a 5960X I'd highly doubt is't going make much of a difference...
The VRMs on boards are very capable. Remember that this is ASUS and LGA2011-3 platform, not MSI on AM2+ (rolleyes.gif)

Honestly, I think you'll be more limited by the chip's thermals and ASIC quality, than by the VRMs. Even down the long run. Better invest in some better cooling IMO.
Besides, if you really want the best VRMs, already have top-notch cooling and the wat max OC; go for the Rampage VI Extreme.
 
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With a 5930K? Smells like overkill to me. Even with a 5960X I'd highly doubt is't going make much of a difference...
The VRMs on boards are very capable. Remember that this is ASUS and LGA2011-3 platform, not MSI on AM2+ (rolleyes.gif)

Honestly, I think you'll be more limited by the chip's thermals and ASIC quality, than by the VRMs. Even down the long run. Better invest in some better cooling IMO.
Besides, if you really want the best VRMs, already have top-notch cooling and the wat max OC; go for the Rampage VI Extreme.

Thanks; I thought this might be the case given that so many of the X99 boards have a VRM design/heatsink that are roughly equivalent to the X99-A. Was hoping I'd get to save the money on this part of the purchase since I just don't do many complicated things with my gaming rig that need a lot of the X99 features.

And I shudder at the memory of those MSI AM2+ boards... I had a couple of those blow up on me; permanently ruined MSI boards for me. puke.gif
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