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Trying to decide on what B350 mobo for a bang for the buck build. Plan is too grab a 1600 and overclock it.

Heard that some of the B350 boards have problems with VRM temps? That true?


Also looking for compitable ram to try and get as close to 3200mhz as possible(or even 2933mhz). Corsair LPX 3200mhz I hear is a good choice?

Thanks guys!
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The b line is not really made for OC'ing beyond perhaps a limited margin.
 
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First I have heard of that?
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You have to be careful what you pick, i.e the AsRock b350 pro4 for instance has a 9+2 phase vrm and all of the vrms (top and left) have heatsinks attached. Some others are weak in that department.
 
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post #5 of 11
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Reason I came here was hoping for a board that could support a decent overclock.

Now im not after a world record or anything nuts. Id be totally fine with 3.9ghz on a 1600 and probably really excited with 4.0.


What about the MSI tomhawk? I see it getting alot of positive reviews.
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The MSI Tomahawk has 8 phase VRM so it should get you to the top end of the OC. The AsRock I mentioned is even better though.
 
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I wouldn't buy the Tomahawk unless you are buying the white version for aesthetics. If you want an MSI board I'd keep an eye to see if the launch price is $135-150 for the B350 Pro Carbon or whether it is hyper inflated prelaunch pricing ($140-150 gets you a X370 board). It'd be decent at $115-120ish.

Given the limited overclocking on all B350 boards (except maybe the B350 Pro Carbon) the best thing to do is shop by featureset. The B350 boards all tend to use 4 phases for CPU + 2 or 3 phases for SOC , but the ASUS / MSI / Gigabyte boards double the low side. The Asrock boards do not and in addition the use PK618BA mosfets for low side package limited to 26A.

Non-overclocking features such as
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 <--- biggest problem with Asrock B350 boards and most MSI B350 Boards (Pro Carbon excluded)
  • DDR4 3200MHz / DDR4 2933MHz memory support <--- Gigabyte B350 Gaming 3 ATX size and MSI B350 boards tend to be better with this
  • Audio (both the codec and the shielding/etc) <--- for example ALC887 on the ASUS B350 Prime Plus and B350M-A as well as Gigabyte AB350M Gaming 3, ALC892 on the MSI B350M Mortar / Asrock AB350 Fatal1ty K4 , ALC1220 on the Gigabyte B350 Gaming 3 ATX size and MSI B350 Pro Carbon with shielding
  • PCie slot bracing <--- Gigabyte B350 Gaming 3 and MSI B350 Pro Carbon use steel
  • LAN (is it Realtek, Killer, Intel?)
  • fan headers supporting PWM/DC

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I'm with you OP, have a 1600 sitting 6 inches from me. I refuse to buy a motherboard until I find exactly what I want (mATX with good VRM's)
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post #9 of 11
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Not really tied to a particular brand just looking for a decent board that can support a healthy 24/7 overclock. Might have to wait a bit though sounds like till some better b350 boards hit the market.
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Originally Posted by AlphaC View Post

I wouldn't buy the Tomahawk unless you are buying the white version for aesthetics. If you want an MSI board I'd keep an eye to see if the launch price is $135-150 for the B350 Pro Carbon or whether it is hyper inflated prelaunch pricing ($140-150 gets you a X370 board). It'd be decent at $115-120ish.

Given the limited overclocking on all B350 boards (except maybe the B350 Pro Carbon) the best thing to do is shop by featureset. The B350 boards all tend to use 4 phases for CPU + 2 or 3 phases for SOC , but the ASUS / MSI / Gigabyte boards double the low side. The Asrock boards do not and in addition the use PK618BA mosfets for low side package limited to 26A.

Non-overclocking features such as
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 <--- biggest problem with Asrock B350 boards and most MSI B350 Boards (Pro Carbon excluded)
  • DDR4 3200MHz / DDR4 2933MHz memory support <--- Gigabyte B350 Gaming 3 ATX size and MSI B350 boards tend to be better with this
  • Audio (both the codec and the shielding/etc) <--- for example ALC887 on the ASUS B350 Prime Plus and B350M-A as well as Gigabyte AB350M Gaming 3, ALC892 on the MSI B350M Mortar / Asrock AB350 Fatal1ty K4 , ALC1220 on the Gigabyte B350 Gaming 3 ATX size and MSI B350 Pro Carbon with shielding
  • PCie slot bracing <--- Gigabyte B350 Gaming 3 and MSI B350 Pro Carbon use steel
  • LAN (is it Realtek, Killer, Intel?)
  • fan headers supporting PWM/DC

usb 3.1 is not of that much importance to me. LAN not too big of a deal either.

What is, is 3200MHZ memory support and decent audio.
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