Overclock.net › Forums › Intel › Intel Motherboards › Regarding Overclocking for Motherboards
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Regarding Overclocking for Motherboards

post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 
If we have a 6600K in what sense would one buy https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/MAXIMUS-VIII-EXTREME/ compared to https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/Z170-P-D3/

Let's ignore the other features both the motherboards have and only concentrate on the VRM features, what if we lost the silicon lottery wouldn't purchasing the significantly expensive MAXIMUS be a huge waste of money then since the CPU won't be able to hit high frequencies? Wouldn't it be a wiser choice to choose the cheaper motherboard just in-case we do lose the silicon lottery then we wouldn't have wasted a huge amount of money on the more expensive motherboard?

We're using AIO cooling solution.
Edited by dfg555 - 10/22/15 at 12:41am
post #2 of 3

I think that boards like the Maximus VIII Extreme are only worth it for professional competitive overclockers (where you are also attending competitions and trying to win trophies or money or whatever the prize is).

 

Boards like the Z170-P D3 would probably be ok, but you might want to get something like the Z170-A or the Z170 Pro Gaming.

It's a computer!
(19 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
  hide details  
Reply
It's a computer!
(19 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 4.5GHz (1.368-1.384V fixed voltage) ASUS P8P67 EVO B3 (UEFI ver. 1850) GTX 780 ASUS DirectCU II (1228 / 6300, 1.180V) G.SKILL Ripjaws X 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1866MHz, CL9 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveOptical Drive
250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (C:\) 250 GB Samsung 840 EVO (D:\) 150 GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SH-S243N 24x DVD Burner 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung SH-S203N 20X DVD Burner Thermaltake Frio Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 Retail AOC G2460PG (24" 1920 x 1080 144Hz G-SYNC) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch 104-key Cherry MX Blues w/NKRO Corsair HX650 (Bronze, ordered on 12-12-2009) CM 690 Intellimouse Optical (1.1A) 1000Hz polling rate 
Mouse PadAudioAudio
Basic, but premium round X-Fi Titanium HD Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 (with 16 AWG Monster Cable... 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 3
I have tested a few low end motherboard recently for Z170, and there is room for improvement in the VRM. I can hit the same overclocks, but even with high speed fans going I can still see much higher VRm temperatures spread across much larger region than with higher end OC boards. That being said, you don't need to spend $400+ on a motherboard that will suite any OC of the CPU, I would say anything above $170-200 should suite you as well on air/water. While Skylake doesn't use that much power compared to before (you can pull around 115W at 4.5GHz compared to maybe 150 with Haswell (i don't remember Haswell's numbers off the top of my head, just estimating from my previous results)), there is still differentiation in heat with boards that cost under $150 and those that cost more. If you plan on OCing 24/7 for years then higher quality VRM will probably last longer since the components will run cooler. VCore will probably also be stable. Some lower end boards might also have some features locked down to ensure longer VRM lifespan (lower temperature thresholds/current modes). If you are on a budget I don't think you will run into issues as long as you have airflow over the VRM area.

That being said the VRm isn't the only important thing. Many lower end models cannot run DDR4 with XMP at higher speed (like above 3300MHz) with ease or with the same stability the more expensive motherboards. BIOS options are usually more abundant in more expensive boards, LLC is probably much better on the higher end boards too. The difference is smaller when you are just doing air overclocking, and like TwoCables said, the extreme guys will benefit the most, but there are marginal benefits that you might want to consider for running the system in the long term. Lifespan of a MOSFET is greatly reduced by 20-30C higher running temperatures, will the lifespan probably last long enough? Perhaps.

If you get a board with less strong VRM I have also seen heat from the VRM spread to below the CPU socket, and that would lead to higher CPU temperatures since heat likes to spread evenly through the copper and maybe into the pins.
X99 Main Rig
(10 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 5960X Extreme Edition @ 4.5GHz Always Changing VisonTek R9 290 G.Skill Ripjaws 4 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 @ 3200MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 128GB M.2 PCI-E 4x SSD Apotop 256GB SSD 1.82TB NAS Noctua NH-D15 with both fans 
OSPower
Win7 Pro Enermax 1000W 
  hide details  
Reply
X99 Main Rig
(10 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel 5960X Extreme Edition @ 4.5GHz Always Changing VisonTek R9 290 G.Skill Ripjaws 4 16GB (4x4GB) DDR4 @ 3200MHz 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 128GB M.2 PCI-E 4x SSD Apotop 256GB SSD 1.82TB NAS Noctua NH-D15 with both fans 
OSPower
Win7 Pro Enermax 1000W 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Intel Motherboards
Overclock.net › Forums › Intel › Intel Motherboards › Regarding Overclocking for Motherboards