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MSI z97 gaming 3 good enough for 4790k overclock?

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Hello there oc community, i just recently bought msi z97 gaming 3 (slightly used) and i plan to do 4790k build with gtx 970. I originally planned for gaming 5 edition but since this was available for much cheaper and i do not plan to sli so i thought this would be good too. However after the purchase, i started searching about how to overclock properly and came across something called vrm and power phases and how important they are for overclocking. Now this board has 6 SFC labelled chokes so i assume it has 6 phase power design (that's how you count it, right?) And the gaming 5 edition has 8 of these SFC cubes so 8 phase (again, correct me if i am wrong). Now my question is that exactly how important is this phase thingy and will my motherboard be good enough for lets say 4.7 ghz 4790k stable overclock? Or will i encounter difficulties due to weak VRM? Do i need to worry about this stuff? I can sell this board and get the GAMING 5 edition but that would be a hassle i don't want to deal with until necessary. Thanks for your input!
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Hello there oc community, i just recently bought msi z97 gaming 3 (slightly used) and i plan to do 4790k build with gtx 970. I originally planned for gaming 5 edition but since this was available for much cheaper and i do not plan to sli so i thought this would be good too. However after the purchase, i started searching about how to overclock properly and came across something called vrm and power phases and how important they are for overclocking. Now this board has 6 SFC labelled chokes so i assume it has 6 phase power design (that's how you count it, right?) And the gaming 5 edition has 8 of these SFC cubes so 8 phase (again, correct me if i am wrong). Now my question is that exactly how important is this phase thingy and will my motherboard be good enough for lets say 4.7 ghz 4790k stable overclock? Or will i encounter difficulties due to weak VRM? Do i need to worry about this stuff? I can sell this board and get the GAMING 5 edition but that would be a hassle i don't want to deal with until necessary. Thanks for your input!

It generally matters more for really high end overclocks, but the vrm are cooled on that board quite well so you shouldnt have any issues or instability, it would be different if it was like 3 or 4 and no cooling, then it would be a issue, but 6 with cooling is perfectly find and rather normal for lower end overclocking boards. So perfectly solid. you wont see a overclocking difference at all between that or the gaming 5. hope this helps.
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What cooling are you using? I dare say that will be an issue before the motherboard.
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What cooling are you using? I dare say that will be an issue before the motherboard.

Ill be using a Hyper 212 Evo in push/pull configuration
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Ill be using a Hyper 212 Evo in push/pull configuration

You'll have no problem with that gaming 3 as 4790k's have the on chip voltage regulator which actually helps reduce the need for a beefy motherboard.

If you were using a custom water loop and going for 5ghz then yes it might not be ideal smile.gif
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Would anyone else like to chime in? The more, the better biggrin.gif
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Hello? Guys?
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Hello? Guys?

The deafening silence means you'll be fine with that mobo lol. It's really not a bad motherboard at all.
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The deafening silence means you'll be fine with that mobo lol. It's really not a bad motherboard at all.

LOL, but yea man, he's right. its a super solid board you wont have any issues with.
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Yea seems like it heh. Very well then, I'll keep it. smile.gif
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