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Which one of these motherboards is the best for overclocking?

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Gigabyte Z170-D3H
Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD3
MSI Z170 Krait Gaming
MSI Z170 Gaming PRO
ASUS Z170-K
ASUS Z170-A
ASUS Z170 PRO Gaming
AsRock Z170 PRO4
AsRock Z170 Extreme4 +

I already ordered the Gigabyte Z170-D3H because feature-wise, I thought it would be good enough for me, but now that I've read a few more articles and test, I'm a bit worried that a slightly expensive would've been a better choice for overclocking thinking.gif

Should I cancel my order and pick something else from the list? And how big can the difference be?
Edited by JonFX01 - 10/3/15 at 5:22am
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What are you going to pair the motherboard with? (CPU / Processor and Memory / RAM).
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post #3 of 14
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Originally Posted by benjamen50 View Post

What are you going to pair the motherboard with? (CPU / Processor and Memory / RAM).
Core i5-6600K
16 GB RAM (2xKingston 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2666MHz CL15 HyperX Fury Black Series)
post #4 of 14
The D3H has only 7 phase power. Now that they moved the power regulation off of the CPU in skylake, I think the motherboard's voltage regulation and stability is more important. You probably want to get one with 10-12+ if you are going to do any extreme overclocking or long duration testing and usage.

"For Skylake on the desktop, the voltage regulation is moved back into the hands of the motherboard manufacturers. This should allow for cooler processors depending on how the silicon works, but it will result in slightly more expensive motherboards.A slight indication of this will be that some motherboards will go back to having a large amount of multiplexed phases on the motherboard, and it will allow some manufacturers to use this as a differentiating point, although the usefulness of such a design is sometimes questionable." -Source
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The D3H has only 7 phase power. Now that they moved the power regulation off of the CPU in skylake, I think the motherboard's voltage regulation and stability is more important.
Where in the specs is this information listed?
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5486#sp
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You probably want to get one with 10-12+ if you are going to do any extreme overclocking or long duration testing and usage.
Does anyone of the above meet this criteria?
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Originally Posted by JonFX01 View Post

Where in the specs is this information listed?
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=5486#sp
Does anyone of the above meet this criteria?

I found it in the 2nd paragraph of this article.

Gigabyte, MSI and Biostar Z170 Motherboards Shown Off – Pre-Production Samples Featuring DDR4/DDR3L Combo Support


I just hunted for the information on google. I will try to find out some more boards for you.
post #7 of 14
You will want to base your purchase on the one with the features you need, you wont see a huge difference above 10 phase. Here are a few more I found.

ASUS Z170-A - 8 Phase

EVGA Z170 FTW - 10 Phase

EVGA Z170 Classified - 12 Phase

Z170A Gaming M5 - 10 Phase

ASRock Extreme 7+ - 12 Phase

ASRock Z170 Gaming K6 - 12 Phase

ASUS Z170 Delux - 16 Phase

ASRock Z170 OC Formula - 18 PHASE!!
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Originally Posted by kl6mk6 View Post

You will want to base your purchase on the one with the features you need, you wont see a huge difference above 10 phase.
Thanks, but what about below 10 phase? That 7 phase motherboard I ordered will ship the next week. Should I cancel it?
post #9 of 14
The Tom's Hardware review of the D3H showed it not achieving the same overclock as some higher grade motherboards. If overclocking is your goal and price isn't the main factor, I would get a different motherboard.
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Originally Posted by kl6mk6 View Post

The Tom's Hardware review of the D3H showed it not achieving the same overclock as some higher grade motherboards. If overclocking is your goal and price isn't the main factor, I would get a different motherboard.
Price is a factor, but I can afford the ones I listed in the OP. Are any of those 10+ phase? I could go with the Gigabyte Z170X-UD3, ASUS Z170-A or ASUS Z170 PRO Gaming.
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